Thursday, November 29, 2012

PM in Malaysia Green Forum 2010

PUTRAJAYA- Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak was invited to Malaysia Green Forum 2010 on the 26th of April to talk about the environmental issues in Malaysia.

           The coorganizers of this forum include Landscape Malaysia, Universiti Putra Malaysia and Perbadanan Putrajaya. The Chairman of Landscap, Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Jeanne Abdullah, has contributed in advancing environmental and landscape issues in the country.

           MGF2010 has drawn the participation of senior government officials, industry captains, society leaders and academic experts from within and outside the country. 

           “I hope a meeting of these brilliant minds would be able to come up with creative, innovative and pragmatic solutions to the green issues we face today, taking full consideration of the country’s inherent strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats.”, said Prime Minister.   

           Our Prime Minister has commended on the effort of MGF2010 towards the environmental issue in Malaysia. "I am happy to see that MGF2010 has united leaders and experts from very diverse backgrounds on a platform where environmental issues can be dealt with more holistically. I wish all of you great success in your deliberations and may I state that this government welcomes all constructive ideas that could make this blessed country greener and more sustainable," said our prime minister.

           This forum partnered with Sime Darby Berhad, UEM Group Berhad and TSR Capital Berhad.


6.6-Magnitude Quake Hits Aleutians Islands

ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA – A strong earthquake stroke Aleutians Islands yesterday night at 7:01p.m. PST.

            According to Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre, the earthquake is measured in a magnitude of 6.6 on Richter scale. The epicenter in the North Pacific about 40 miles east of the village of Nikolski and 850 miles southwest of Anchorage.

           This quake shook three Aleutian Island  fishing villages, Nikolski, Dutch Harbor and Unalaska, for three minutes.The Aleutians are sparsely settled. No reports of injuries or major damage. 

           "There was some very minor damage at Nikolski, with items knocked off shelves and small items damaged," said George Carts. He said the quake felt strongly  in the towns of Unalaska, Dutch Harbor and Nikolski, which are located on western islands in the Aleutian chain.
           One measured 20 aftershock in 5.0-magnitude on the scale, none was powerful enough to cause a tsunami, said the officials. However, the magnitude of 6.6 quake can cause severe damage if it hits populated area. The Richter scale measures ground motion and is recorded on seismographs, and each increase of one number means a tenfold increase in magnitude of quake.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Article #10 Police nab man who drove off with RM900,000 Porsche but car is gone

Published: Friday October 12, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR: The smartly-dressed man who drove off with a brand new gold Porsche Panamera worth RM900,000 was caught early Friday but the car is gone.

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said Friday that the man was picked up at house in Pandamaran, Klang, at about 3am.

Police believe the vehicle has been handed over to the person who arranged to have it stolen.

The man has been remanded for four days to help with further investigations, he said.

On Thursday, the man entered the Jalan Bukit Bintang showroom at 9am under the pretext of looking for someone, walked into the office, picked up an envelope which contained the key, got into the car and drove off.

The showroom personnel only realised that a car was being stolen when the security guard raised the alarm after noticing it being driven off without number plates.

Police urged anyone with information to contact the Dang Wangi police headquarters at 03-26977099 or the Kuala Lumpur police hotline 03-21460522.

Elements of Newsworthiness :
Consequence and Impact

What    : A man was caught
Who     : A smartly-dressed man
When   : Early Friday
Where  : Kuala Lumpur
Why     : Drove off with a brand new gold Porsche Panamera

              worth RM900,000

How     : -

Article #9 10-day Malaysian food festival in New Delhi

Published: Friday October 5, 201

NEW DELHI: A Malaysian food festival supported by Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia Airlines opened Thursday night in this Indian capital city.

Dubbed Rasa Ria Malaysia, the 10-day festival is being held at the Le Meridien.

Speaking at the launch, Malaysian High Commissioner to India Datuk Tan Seng Sung said multi-racial Malaysia was blessed with the rich cuisines of the many ethnic groups in the country.

"We are also blessed with a fusion of dishes that are not found in the original homeland (of some of the ethnic groups)," he said.

This was especially true in the case of the straits-born Chinese Baba Nyonya food, which is a blend of Malay, Indian and Chinese cooking unique to the Malay Archipelago, he added.

"This is made possible because of the numerous mixed marriages between the three main races of the straits settlements of Malacca and Penang which have contributed towards making the two cities Unesco world heritage sites," he said.

Besides, there are also rich varieties of food from Sabah and Sarawak.

"Lest we forget, the Portuguese, Dutch and English have also landed on our shores. They, too, have contributed to the Malaysian food heritage," said Tan, adding that in the northern states, Malaysians had the benefit of enjoying the dishes of the Thais who had settled down in the country.

"This is what makes Malaysian cuisine unique and pertinent to the country's tourism punchline, 'Malaysia, Truly Asia'," he added. - Bernama

Elements of Newsworthiness :

What    : 10-day Malaysian food festival
Who     :  -
When   : Thursday night
Where  : New Delhi
Why     :  -
How     : Supported by Tourism Malaysia and Malaysia     


Article #8 Four family members and two others killed in car-bus crash

Published: Wednesday October 10, 2012

KEMAMAN: Four family members as well as two friends died in a head on collision between their Perodua Viva and an express bus near SK Meraga Beras at KM129.5 here.

The victims were on their way from Kemaman to Kuala Terengganu when the incident occurred at about 4.30am on Wednesday.

It is learnt the victims' car went into the opposite lane before colliding with the express bus.

The express bus, driven by Mohd Khalid Mamat, 47, were from Kota Baru, Kelantan, was carrying 23 passengers.

It is learnt the bus driver managed to stop the bus but it was too late to prevent the collision, which led to the car being dragged a few metres.

The Perodua Viva's driver Khairudi Omar, 31, and his disabled friend Wan Alpisar Wan Abd Kadir, 43, died on the spot along with four others in the car. The other victims were Noran Ali, 39, and her three daughters- Nur Syazleen Norizan, 10, Nur Syardiena Afzan, 9, and Nur Khairatul Najihah, 14.

Meanwhile, Noran's two other daughters Nursakinah, 17 and Nursyafura, 13, were in critical conditions, were sent to Kemaman Hospital before being transferred to Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital in Kuantan, Pahang.

All victims are from Kampung Bukit Mentuk, Kemaman except for Wan Alpisar, who was from Kampung Gong Pauh, Kemaman.

Kemaman deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Abdul Malek Hakim Johar said initial investigations revealed the bus driver swerved to avoid hitting the car but it was too late.

"All bodies have been sent to Kemaman Hospital for post-mortem," he said.

All bodies have been claimed by their respective families for immediate burial at about 1pm.

Elements of Newsworthiness :

What    : Death in a car-bus accident
Who     : Four family members and two others
When   :  -
Where  : SK Meraga Beras
Why     :  -
How     :  Head on collision between Perodua Viva and an        

               express bus

Article #7 Despatch rider jailed 50 years for raping teenager

Published: Wednesday October 10, 2012

PETALING JAYA: A despatch rider who impersonated a policeman when he raped a 15-year-old girl was jailed 50 years and given 18 strokes of the cane.

Mohd Nazrin Mustafa, 21, was found guilty on two counts of raping the teenager in some bushes near Kampung Sungai Bakau, Gombak on April 3 last year.

Ampang Sessions judge Roszianawati Ahmad said Mohd Nazrin was "cruel, having stopped the victim while pretending to be a policeman and took her to a secluded area then raped her repeatedly."

"You called your friends to come and watch the rape and coerced the victim into stripping.

"She begged you not to hurt her, a mere teen at your mercy, and you still raped her twice," said judge Roszianawati.

The judge said she believed the victim's testimony, adding the that the chemical analysis and rape test proved the victim's claims.

"You (Mohd Nazrin) claimed that upon seeing the victim naked, you masturbated on her, but that doesn't explain why your semen was found inside the victim," said Roszianawati.

"Given all these factors, I find you guilty of both charges," she said.

The judge ruled that a deterrent sentence was necessary to reflect the hatred towards such crime. She also denied the defence's request for a good behaviour bond.

She sentenced Mohd Nazrin to 25 years and eight strokes for the first charge and 25 years and 10 strokes for the second.

The sentences are to run concurrently, meaning Mohd Nazrin would serve 25 years jail.

Counsel Mohd Yusoff Ag Lah's request for a stay of sentencing, pending an appeal was denied by the court citing lack of special circumstances.

Mohd Yusoff told the court that it was his client's first offence and was a sole breadwinner with two children.

DPP Noor Fadzlin Abd Zawawi objected to the request for a bond, saying that while Mohd Nazrin was only 20 years-old when the offence was committed, he should be more responsible as he had a family.

She said the victim gave an impact statement from behind a screen (as she is a minor), telling the court how the incident deeply traumatized her.

"I've halted my studies, being to embarrassed to go to school. All my dreams are ruined," she said.

The judge repeatedly asked if the girl, who was sobbing uncontrollably, if she was able to continue.

Her family, who attended the proceedings, was also seen on the verge of tears.

Elements of Newsworthiness : 

Consequence and Impact

What   : Despatch rider jailed for 50 years
Who    : A despatch rider
When  :  -
Where : Petaling Jaya
Why    : He raped a 15-year-old girl
How    :  -

Article #6 Gang-raped by 10 men

Wednesday October 10, 2012

A 28-YEAR-OLD woman went through a horrifying four-hour ordeal when she was gang-raped by 10 foreigners. She had earlier been abducted at a bus stop in Puchong Perdana.

Police sources told Harian Metro that the rapists recorded their actions which took place in a nearby flat unit at around 3pm on Saturday.

The suspects, believed to be Myanmar nationals, also threatened to kill the victim if she lodged a report.

They released her at around 7pm and she made a report at the Puchong police station.

The woman said she was waiting at the bus stop when a car stopped near her and two men, one armed with a parang, forced her into the backseat.

“The helpless victim was taken to a nearby flat, where the other suspects were waiting.

“Two men tied her hands and feet and despite her screams for help, the suspects took turns raping her,” the source told the paper.

Subang Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Tan Ah Chua said police picked three men, in their 20s and 30s, on Sunday and were hunting down the other seven.

> A Thai production house is wooing award-winning actor Aaron Aziz to star in an action-packed flick that is due to be filmed next year, reportedBH Hip, the entertainment pullout of Berita Harian.

The actor, who is currently busy filming Lari with director Ahmad Idham in Perlis, said the offer came from Thai stunt action director, Nong, who is also on board the current project by Excellent Pictures.

Aaron said while he was interested in the offer, which would launch his international debut, he needed to study the options carefully.

“They are planning to start shooting next year, and I need to check my schedule to ensure it does not clash with my other acting jobs. I have yet to respond. But if fate dictates that I will miss this chance, so be it,” he said.

Elements of Newsworthiness :

What   : Gang-raped by 10 foreigners
Who    : A 28-year-old woman
When  :  -
Where : A bus stop in Puchong Perdana
Why    :  -
How    :  -