Wednesday, 30 January 2013

New iPad with 128 GB storage announced

Apple is certainly in front again. 128GB of storage capacity to satiate your carving for more space. But I doubt this figure will stay long. 256 GB would be the norm sooner than you think.

Price starts at approximately RM2,459 (WiFi variant)

Available soon!

Apple's current and latest offering is the iPad with Retina display.

Reuters (29 Jan 2013) -- Apple Inc said on Tuesday that it will sell a version of its iPad tablet computer with 128 gigabytes of storage, which is twice the capacity of its existing models.

Apple, which has sold more than 120 million iPads so far, said that the new iPad will go on sale February 5, in black or white, for a suggested retail price of $799 (approx. RM2,459) for the iPad with just Wi-Fi model, and $929 (approx. RM2,859) for the version that also has a cellular wireless connection.

Source: Apple announces new iPad

Monday, 28 January 2013

Quick fixes for your Aching Back

Not a surefire way to cure your aching back but doctors say it ease the pain, at least.

Nearly 30% of women say they've suffered back pain in the past 3 months. "Most don't even know why they're sore," says William Ackerman, M.D., author of The Gender Factor: Pain Management for Men & Women. Try these little changes to feel better fast:


High heels put excess pressure on bones in your feet and elevate your arches, pushing hips forward as you walk. This can strain the muscles and joints near the lower spine, so wait until you get to work to slip on those heels.


When you're anxious, you tighten muscles, which decreases blood flow to your back. "This causes a dull ache that can be relieved by light exercise," Ackerman says. Every few hours, get up and bend forward and side to side to improve blood flow.


Straps that are too tight squeeze the trapezius, the muscle that connects the neck to the shoulder, triggering poor circulation and pain in your upper back. But wearing a properly fitted underwire bra will take as much as 90% of your breasts' weight off your shoulders, says Susan Nethero, author of BraTalk: Myths and Facts.


Thursday, 24 January 2013

Headmaster kicks student unconscious

This must be an act of punishment before checking the facts:

HM kicks 11-year-old student in the ribs

Labuan: An 11-year-old became unconscious after he was kicked in the ribs by his headmaster in a school, here.

Mohd Izzuddin Zainuddin later said he was supposed say that he collapsed after a fall during a game in school.

His mother Roslaila Jimlin, 35, said she and her husband rushed here from Kota Kinabalu after receiving a call from Izzuddin's friends about the incident Thursday evening.

"I found out that the headmaster had kicked my son after a teacher told him that Izzuddin and his friends had punctured her car tyre after getting the rumour from another student," she said.

She said it was later found that the teacher's vehicle was not damaged, nor was its tyre punctured as claimed. Izzuddin and his friends were only sitting near the teacher's car while resting after a marching rehearsal to prepare for the coming Maulidur Rasul.

Published by Daily Express, January 20, 2013

Monday, 21 January 2013

Saturday, 19 January 2013

White Croc stolen from museum

I don't understand why would one steal a crocodile for good luck.

KUALA PILAH: An embalmed white crocodile that was on display at the Seri Menanti Palace museum was reported stolen on Tuesday (Jan 15).

It is rumoured that someone who had bought a lottery ticket had stolen the crocodile as a good luck charm. The Siamese albino crocodile was among the embalmed reptiles on display at the crocodile exhibition in the museum.

The exhibition is held in conjunction with the 65th birthday of the Yang di-Pertuan Besar Tuanku Muhriz Tuanku Munawir.

The specimen was discovered missing by a staff member on the morning shift. A police report was lodged after a search was conducted in the museum compound, but without any luck.

Kuala Pilah police chief superintendent Azmi Abdul Rahim said the crocodile belonged to the National Department of Museum and Antiquities.

He said it was worth an estimated RM30,000.

The crocodile was believed to have been stolen after the exhibition hours of 9am to 10pm.

"We have detained a museum guard at 12pm on Wednesday to help with the investigations."

The week-long exhibition, which started on Monday, is organised by the Negri Sembilan Museum Board and the National Department of Museum and Antiquities. Besides the white crocodile, the other reptiles at the exhibition include the biggest estuarine crocodile caught in Peninsular Malaysia, known as the "Puchong crocodile", and a crocodile owned by the royal family.

Historically, there were many rivers around Seri Menanti during the reign of the former Yang di-Pertuan Besar that became the natural habitat to the crocodiles in the area,

Source - New Straits Times

Friday, 18 January 2013

Eye medication used to regrow human hair

Perhaps this is a good news for balding men.

New research in the FASEB Journal shows how a commonly prescribed glaucoma drug may be effective in treating male pattern baldness and other forms of alopecia.

If you're balding and want your hair to grow back, then here is some good news. A new research report appearing online in The FASEB Journal ( shows how the FDA-approved glaucoma drug, bimatoprost, causes human hair to regrow. It's been commercially available as a way to lengthen eyelashes, but these data are the first to show that it can actually grow human hair from the scalp.

"We hope this study will lead to the development of a new therapy for balding which should improve the quality of life for many people with hair loss," said Valerie Randall, a researcher involved in the work from the University of Bradford, Bradford, UK.

"Further research should increase our understanding of how hair follicles work and thereby allow new therapeutic approaches for many hair growth disorders."

To make this discovery, Randall and colleagues conducted three sets of experiments. Two involved human cells and the other involved mice. The tests on human cells involved using hair follicles growing in organ culture as well as those take directly from the human scalp. In both of these experiments, the scientists found that bimatoprost led to hair growth. The third set of experiments involved applying bimatoprost to the skin of bald spots on mice. As was the case with human cells, the drug caused hair to regrow.

"This discovery could be the long-awaited follow up to Viagra that middle-aged men have been waiting for," said Gerald Weissmann, MD, editor-in-chief of The FASEB Journal.

"Given that the drug is already approved for human use and its safety profile is generally understood, this looks like a promising discovery that has been right in front of our eyes the whole time. On to the front of our scalp!"

Source: FASEB

Suspended because of Facebook posting!

Hanoi - A Vietnamese teenager has been suspended from school for a year for posting a parody of a famous speech by independence hero Ho Chi Minh on her Facebook page, local media said.

The "Declaration of Students of Ly Tu Trong Secondary School" satirises a famous 1946 speech by then-president Ho calling for national resistance against French colonialists.

"All students! As we desire peace, we have made concessions. But the more concessions we make, the more the teachers press on, for they are bent on failing us once again," said the post, quoted by the Thanh Nien newspaper.

"All students... have to find ways to get good marks in the exam... those who have neither health or head (intellect) have to copy or use cheat sheets."

The local authorities said the 14-year-old's post distorted history and insulted the school in the central province of Quang Nam.

"Forcing her to stay at home is also a way of educating her," head teacher Nguyen Tan Si was quoted as saying in local media.

The suspension prompted a storm of criticism online. A survey by the VNExpress website showed that around 70% of readers thought the punishment was too harsh.

Facebook is popular in Vietnam but is sometimes blocked by the communist authorities, who maintain a cult of personality around Ho.

The father figure led the country to independence from the French but died in 1969, aged 79, before the country was unified at the end of the war.

His embalmed body is on display in Hanoi while his image appears on banknotes and his portrait is hung in classrooms and other public buildings.

All Vietnamese children are told stories about "Uncle Ho" from the time they enter nursery school at age three until they finish university. -- AFP

Hina monarki, pelawak dipenjara 2 tahun

Hidup akan lebih aman jika kita mematuhi undang-undang. Kalau tidak, bala pasti menimpa suatu hari nanti:-

BANGKOK: Mahkamah Thailand menjatuhi seorang pelawak yang juga penyokong tegar 'Baju Merah' kepada hukuman penjara dua tahun pada Khamis kerana menghina monarki dalam satu ucapan pada perhimpunan 2010, kata peguamnya.

Yosawaris Chuklom, 54, yang menggunakan nama pentas Jeng Dokchik, didapati bersalah dibawah udang-undang lese-majeste Thailand, yang boleh menghukum sesiapa sahaja yang disabit kesalahan menghina raja, permaisuri atau waris sehingga penjara 15 tahun.

Pelawak itu yang juga berdepan tuduhan pengganas berasingan untuk peranannya dalam tunjuk perasaan Baju Merah pada 2010 di sini, yang menyaksikan kehilangan banyak nyawa, memohon jaminan sementara merayu keputusan itu, kata peguamnya, Thamrong Lakdaen.

"Pada mulanya dia dihukum penjara tiga tahun tapi hakim mengurangkan hukuman kepada dua tahun disebabkan oleh keterangan yang diberinya," katanya. - AFP

Thursday, 17 January 2013

Judge in hot soup for saying rape victims enjoy it

Isn't this ironic?

JAKARTA: A senior Indonesian judge who joked that rapists should evade capital punishment because victims enjoyed the act triggered outrage and calls for his dismissal Wednesday.

Daming Sunusi - a High Court judge running for a Supreme Court position - made the remarks during a fit-and-proper test, when parliament asked whether the country should introduce the death penalty for rapists.

"The one raped and the rapist both enjoy it, so (we would) need to think about the death sentence," Kompas daily quoted him as saying. Sunusi apologised for making the statement, saying he was trying to lighten the mood of the tense interview.

"I've said something that no man should ever say, especially a Supreme Court candidate," he said on national TV.

His comments have caused uproar among lawmakers and rights groups, who have called for Sunusi to be sacked.

"The comments were inelegant, inappropriate and unbecoming of a judge and a Supreme Court hopeful," lawmaker Sarifuddin Suding told AFP.

Commission for Child Protection chairman Arist Merdeka Sirait said Sunusi's comments were "insolent" and reflected the view from various segments of society that sexual violence is a norm.

"It is disturbing that a judge, whose role is to protect the legal rights of women and children, could say something so audacious and consider it as a joke. He should be sacked," Sirait said.

Online petitions to parliament to reject his nomination for the Supreme Court have been circulating, one attracting 4,000 signatures overnight.

The Judicial Commission, which monitors judges' conduct and professionalism, said it has questioned Sunusi and would decide on sanctions later this month, ranging from a warning to his dismissal.

The National Commission on Violence Against Women recorded 4,845 rape cases between 1998 and 2010, but rights activist Andy Yentriyani said many perpetrators got light sentences or escaped punishment.-AFP


'Scan' penyakit guna telefon bimbit, warga emas dirompak RM3,500

Kesian nenek ni. Bermacam-macam cara penyangak sekarang ni, termasuk memakai tudung untuk 'menutup' kejahatan yang dirancangnya:

Sumber: Sinar Harian

ALOR GAJAH - Seorang warga emas rugi kira-kira RM3,500 selepas tiga barangan kemas miliknya dilarikan seorang wanita yang menyamar sebagai wakil Jabatan Kebajikan Masyarakat (JKM) di Kampung Lendu Hilir, di sini, petang kelmarin.

Dalam kejadian jam 5 petang itu, mangsa, Che Rus Uda, 74, didatangi seorang wanita lingkungan usia 20-an yang memperkenalkan diri sebagai wakil JKM.

Menurutnya, ketika kejadian, dia yang tinggal sendirian sejak lebih 50 tahun lalu sedang menonton televisyen sebelum terdengar suara memberi salam berulang kali.

“Perbualan antara saya dengan wanita itu hanya dalam jarak jauh sebelum dia memaksa saya membuka pintu yang dikunci cucu yang keluar beberapa minit sebelum kejadian.

“Kemudian wanita yang memakai kemeja dan bertudung putih itu turun dari sebuah kereta menyatakan hendak melakukan pemeriksaan kesihatan sebelum mendesak saya membuka pintu rumah,” katanya.

Che Rus berkata, selepas wanita itu masuk ke dalam rumahnya, dia diarahkan membuka semua barang kemas yang dipakainya dan berbaring untuk melakukan pemeriksaan.

“Walaupun dalam keadaan terpinga-pinga, saya buka juga gelang tangan, rantai leher dan anting-anting dan meletakkannya di atas lipatan baju di ruang tamu.

“Melihat keadaan saya yang tidak selesa berbaring di atas lantai, wanita itu mengarahkan saya masuk ke dalam bilik sebelum dia 'scan' seluruh badan dengan menggunakan telefon bimbitnya sahaja. Kemudian dia keluar untuk menghubungi seseorang,” katanya.

Dia berkata, selesai ‘pemeriksaan’, wanita itu menghalangnya daripada bangun dengan alasan dia akan pitam jika berjalan.

“Sepanjang dalam bilik saya berasa tidak sedap hati memikirkan barangan kemas yang ditinggalkan di ruang tamu dan terus keluar dari bilik sebaik terdengar pintu besi di beranda rumah seolah-olah ditolak seseorang.

“Selepas itu, saya terkejut apabila melihat kesemua barang kemas sudah hilang malah kelibat wanita itu juga tiada,” katanya.

Katanya, sebelum kejadian, wanita berkenaan ada datang ke rumahnya, namun beredar selepas menyedari cucunya, Hussin Abu Hasan, 31, turut berada di rumah dan datang semula 30 minit kemudian.

“Saya difahamkan oleh jiran berdekatan, kereta dinaiki wanita itu sudah berlegar-legar di hadapan rumah saya kira-kira 30 minit sebelum kejadian itu,” katanya.

Sementara itu, Ketua Polis Daerah, Superintendan Umar Ali Saifuddin Shaharuddin ketika dihubungi mengesahkan kejadian itu dan menasihatkan golongan warga emas khususnya supaya lebih berhati-hati.

“Warga emas atau individu yang tinggal sendirian di rumah dinasihatkan tidak mudah terpedaya dengan pujukan individu tidak dikenali dan kes berkenaan disiasat di bawah Seksyen 395 Kanun Keseksaan,” katanya.

Sinar Harian, 14 Januari 2013

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Free angpau packets for "Ah Jib Gor" Facebook fans

Would you like some FREE ang pao packets this CNY?

Easy, just go to  "Ah Jib Gor" Facebook page and 'Like' the site. The Facebook page belongs to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

Red packets for 1st aniversary of 'Ah Jib Gor' Facebook

Prime Minister will be distributing special ang pau packets to his fans in conjunction with the first anniversary of his "Ah Jib Gor" Facebook site and Chinese New Year on Feb 10 this year, starting today.

The red packets feature Najib's caricature in a traditional Malay costume and are printed with the words, 'Selamat Tahun Baru Cina' (Happy Chinese New Year).

Fans just need to 'Like' on the "Ah Jib Gor" Facebook site and send their full name and house address to and state the number of packets they want. Each packet has five ang pau envelopes and fans can only obtain two to five packets each, while stocks last.

"Ah Jib Gor" is the Prime Minister's Mandarin language Facebook, which was started on Jan 16, 2012 as another platform to approach the people through social networking.

"Ah Jib Gor" is Mandarin for "Elder Brother Najib" and was created for Mandarin speakers as an opportunity to get to know the Prime Minister as an ordinary person as well instead of just as the country's leader.


Casanova duped 20 women of RM500,000

So, this guy must have a lot of charm in him to be able to dupe 20 women!

Casanova who dupe 20 women
Bernama photo

Casanova detained, more than 20 women duped

GEORGE TOWN: A man, believed to be a Casanova was detained by the police for allegedly cheating more than 20 women of more than RM500,000 through the social website, Facebook.

State Commercial Crime Investigation head, ACP Roslee Chik said the suspect, believed to have been operating since 2001, was detained at his rented house in Bukit Gambir on Jan 4.

He said the 45-year-old suspect, who claimed to be a doctor, befriended his victims, including teachers, nurses and factory workers, through Facebook and then promised to marry them.

"He managed to make the victims believe in him. He even meets their families and discusses marriage.

"Once he has gained the trust of the victims' families, he would tell them that he was having financial problems and would coax the victims to part with their money and jewellery before disappearing.

"Some of the victims even borrowed the money to give him. Some even gave him their cars," he told reporters here Monday.

Roslee urged victims of the man who used the names Dr Shiva Nair, Dr Ragunathan and Keeran Raj, to come forward to assist the police.

He said the suspect was married with two children and rented a house for RM1,800 a month.

When police searched the house they found, among others, jewellery worth RM30,000, 49.4gm of gold, pawn shop receipts, a jacket with the Health Ministry's logo and three handphones, he added.

He said the suspect, from Taiping, Perak, had six previous records for cheating.

Source - Bernama

Monday, 14 January 2013

Bride's family left red-faced by runaway groom

This runaway groom turn up to his own wedding late, and only in T-shirt and shorts. Amazing!


A groom-to-be from Bukit Mertajam left his bride and her family red-faced when he failed to show up for their wedding, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.

News of the “runaway groom” spread like wildfire and quickly became the talk of the small town.

The wedding was supposed to take place on Sunday morning but the man, aged about 30, only showed up at the bride's house that afternoon, clad in just a T-shirt and a pair of shorts.

A chef of a catering service, who was hired to handle three wedding banquets for the couple including a 180-table dinner on Sunday, said he could not even collect the RM20,000 for the wedding eve buffet dinner held at the bride's home.

When the chef went to the bride's house to meet the groom for payment, the groom reportedly took out his wallet and said: “All I have is RM35, and I also owe the bank four months' installment for my car.”

A relative of the bride said they were suspicious of the groom when none of his family members or friends showed up for the dinner on Saturday.


Red tide set to linger till June 2013

The red tide phenomenon is here to stay for a while so be careful with what seafood you are consuming!

Toxic red tide

Red tide set to linger till June: Fisheries Department

Kota Kinabalu: The red tide situation is expected to persist until June and the toxin levels will peak around March, according to State Fisheries Department Director Rayner Stuel Galid. He advised people to refrain from consuming any type of shellfish or bivalves immediately including oysters, mussels, cockles and any type of seafood with shells.

"In addition, people should refrain from collecting shellfish and bivalves from the sea areas with the intention to eat these or to sell to the general public as food," he said.

He said the mouse bioassay is the method for analysis of red tide toxin in shellfish by the Fisheries Department at its Fisheries Research Centre in Likas.

"Results are given as Mouse Unit (MU), where 400 MU is considered the lowest limit as the dangerous level for humans.

"Some of the shellfish samples taken to date have shown the levels to be as high as 6,900 MU (Putatan), 4,010 MU (Papar District) and 3,300 MU (Tuaran) and is considered as very toxic," he said.

He said red tide occurrences in Sabah in past years have revealed bivalves to be as toxic as 11,000 MU.

On another note, he said, only the Fisheries Department can detect the presence of this toxin in shellfish in its specialised lab; lay people cannot tell whether clams are toxic or not through sight, smell or taste.

"The toxin in these shellfish also cannot be washed away or got rid off through washing or through any type of food preparation or cooking," he added.

Meanwhile, State Health Director Dr Christina Rundi advised that the early symptoms of shellfish poisoning due to red tide include tingling of the lips and tongue, which may begin within minutes of eating poisonous shellfish or may take an hour or two to develop.

She said depending upon the amount of toxin a person has ingested, symptoms may progress to a sensation of "pricking of pins and needles" of the skin and then loss of control of arms and legs, followed by difficulty in breathing.

"If one experiences any of the above symptoms, get medical treatment immediately at the nearest hospital or clinic," she said, adding that delay in seeking treatment may result in death.

Safe for consumption

She said the type of sea life which are considered safe to eat are all types of prawns and crabs including shovel-nosed lobsters, mantis shrimps, all types of coral fishes and fishes which are predatory such as sharks and sting rays, barracuda, tenggeri, jacks and deep sea fishes.

However as a prudent measure, she said, consumers are advised to throw away the guts and gills of any fish to be eaten and these same fishes are to be washed properly.

"Also, any type of dried, canned, bottled or salted fish products are safe to be eaten," she added.

Digital Pen makes old monitors touch-ready (like tablet PC)

Don't throw away your old monitor even if you cannot swipe and touch the screen to move and execute tasks. With Windows 8 you expect to be able to do that, but fret not, there is a Digital Pen for such task.

Meet Apen Touch8 - the digital pen that can swipe and touch your old monitor.

Smart pen for the not-so-smart screen.

How it works

The attachment, which is really an infrared and ultrasonic receiver, clips magnetically to the side of the screen, which can be as large as 17 inches diagonally. The pen emits an infrared beam out of its tip. The receiver attachment sends the pen's signals to the computer, which interprets its precise location.

Pushing down on the pen results in a separate ultrasonic signal, which is equivalent to a touch screen sensing when you are touching it. Just like that, you can swipe and tap your way through Windows 8. The pen runs on a watch battery, which should last about 500 hours and is replaceable.

Why it's hot

Windows 8, Microsoft Corp.'s effort to make desktop and laptop computers work more like tablet computers, was released in October to mixed reviews. A major problem is the fact that many of the features require a touch-screen monitor to work, making the experience unpleasant for those with older machines. Apen Touch8 offers a way for those with older computers to experience the newer touch-based functions.


The pen is to go on sale in North America by the end of March for $80 (approx. RM240).

List of 28 (additional) new 3G smartphones for youth rebate.

Earlier in December 2012, MCMC announced the first 23 models of 3G phones below RM500.

Recently, as of January 11, 2013 MCMC again announced another 28 models including the high end models from Apple and Samsung such as iPhone 5, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

The latest list includes:-
  1. iPhone 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy S3
  3. Samsung Galaxy Mini 2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Y
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 2
  6. Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus
  7. Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini
  8. Samsung Galaxy Note
  9.  Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  10.  LG Optimus LE E400
  11. HTC Desire C
  12. HTC One X
  13. HTC Wildfire S
  14. HTC Desire X
  15. HTC One S
  16. Nokia Asha 311
  17. Sony Xperia Tipo Single
  18. Sony Xperia SL
  19. Sony Xperia Ion
  20. Sony Xperia S
  21. Huawei Ascend P1
  22. Windows Phone 8X By HTC
  23. Ninetology Blackpearl 2 i9400
  24. Ninetology Stealth 2 i9500
  25. Palette i5300
  26. ZTE Acqua
  27. Buzz 4G Cloud Phone
  28. Insight i9430

MCMC also announced that telecommunication companies involved in the Pakej Komunikasi Belia (Youth Communication Package) have appointed about 1,000 dealers to serve the people better.

This list of 28 models is part of the 70 models to be made available soon by service providers.

Payback time for teachers?

Bukan cikgu saja yang boleh denda budak-budak tu menulis 100 kali tau!

Teacher got booked

Ok folks, don't take it too seriously. It's just to cheer up your morning.

Sunday, 13 January 2013

Lenovo to release 27-inch Table PC

Lenovo has something it believes will get family together: a PC the size of a coffee table that works like a gigantic tablet and lets four people use it at once.

Price: $1,699 (approx. RM5,132)

Lenovo table pc
Giant tablet, the Table PC

Las Vegas (AP) — Lenovo Group Ltd., one of the world's largest PC makers, is calling the IdeaCentre Horizon Table PC the first "interpersonal computer" — as opposed to a "personal computer."

At first glance, it looks like a regular all-in-one machine in the vein of the iMac: It's a 27-inch screen with the innards of a Windows 8 computer built into it, and it can stand up on a table.

But you can pick it up off the table, unhook the power cord and lay it flat for games of "Monopoly." It's big enough to fit four people around it, and the screen can respond to ten fingers touching it at the same time.

As a tablet, it's a monstrosity. The screen is the size of eight iPads stitched together, and it weighs 15 pounds. It's almost as homebound as a flat-panel TV.

The Table PC will include plastic "strikers" for "Air Hockey," and joysticks that attach to the screen with suction cups for other games, including multiplayer shooter "Raiding Company."

In a demonstration at the International CES on Sunday, photos and videos could be rotated with fingers. Spreading five fingers at once on the screen cleared the screen of clutter, while squeezing them together brought the photos and videos back.

Lenovo, a Chinese company that owns IBM Corp.'s former PC business, said the Table PC will go on sale this summer starting at $1,699.

Source: AP

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Smokers will not be appointed as District Council members.

This one, I totally agree. I'm not even talking politics but I'll say full mark to what the MB did. Someone has to take unpopular decision to protect the many non-smokers.

No smoker get appointed as Councillor

KOTA BAHARU, Jan 8 (Bernama) - The Kelantan government will not appoint smokers as members of district councils or local authorities in the state.

Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said the move was among efforts to inculcate discipline among leaders of government agencies in Kelantan.

"Since the party (PAS) does not pick smokers as candidates, we (the state) will not appoint smokers as members of district councils or local authorities," he told reporters after presenting letters of appointment to members of local authorities here Tuesday.

"I will not pick smokers as district councillors. The same goes for election candidates unless, I don't know about it," he said.

Earlier, Nik Aziz rebuked some PAS leaders and supporters who smoke in public while wearing skullcaps to portray their image as Muslims.

"Their action is akin to someone who wave pistol in public although he doesn't have licence for it," he added.


$1 million lottery winner poisoned!

Is this a case of being lucky or UNLUCKY? There is definitely nothing plausible about winning a million dollar for this American!

Chicago Lottery Winner Poisoned to Death

CHICAGO: Not long after winning a US$1 million jackpot with a scratch-off lottery ticket, a Chicago man was poisoned with cyanide, officials said Monday.

Urooj Khan, 46, had planned to use the money to pay off bills and invest in his dry cleaning business. Instead, he was poisoned, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said, adding that it had classed his death as a homicide.

Khan was accompanied by his wife, their daughter and several friends when he accepted an oversized check from Illinois lottery officials on June 26.

He described his initial reaction in a press statement:

“I scratched the ticket, then I kept on saying, ‘I hit a million!’ over and over again. I jumped two feet in the air, then ran back into the store and tipped the clerk  100.” The Chicago Tribune reported that his family was suspicious when he died less than a month later of what was originally ruled to be natural causes.

The medical examiner agreed to reopen the case and found he had died of “cyanide intoxication,” a spokeswoman for his office told AFP.

AFP via Borneo Post

Funny for the day: IDA and the FROG

An older lady named Ida was somewhat lonely since her cat died and decided she needed another pet to keep her company. So, off to the pet shop she went. She searched and searched. None of the pets seemed to catch her interest, except this ugly frog. As she walked by the jar he was in, she looked and he winked at her.


Ida figured, what the heck!
She hadn't found anything else. 
So she bought the frog. 
She placed him in the car, on the front seat beside her. 

As she was slowly driving down the road,
the frog whispered to her:

 So, Ida figured, WHAT THE HECK, and kissed the frog.

IMMEDIATELY the frog turned into 
an absolutely gorgeous, sexy, young, handsome prince.













the first Holiday Inn

She's old...... NOT DEAD!!!!!


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Savage: Japan bull tosses & kills 63-year-old man

Seen a referee tossing a coin during a football match? Nothing wrong with that.
BUT imagine a  bull tossing you 10 metres through the air. Horrifying!


TOKYO -- A bull killed a Japanese man after tossing him 10 meters (30 feet) through the air and goring him against a brick wall, police said Monday.

The 63-year-old died after the one-metric ton bull ruptured his aorta — the main artery in the body — when it jammed him against the wall on a farmyard in western Shiga prefecture on Saturday.

The man had been trying to yoke the animal so he could milk a nearby cow when it flung him through the air, before pinning him against the wall, local media reported.


Giant Squid filmed in Pacific depths - possibly 8 metres in length

Wow, this squid is enormous! At the size of 8 metres it can wallop you or me anytime. You see, we know very little about our planet.

Giant squid
Video image taken from footage by NHK and Discovery Channel in July, 2012 and released on January 7, 2013 shows a giant squid, up to eight meters long, holding a bait squid in its arms.

Giant Squid Filmed by Japan Scientists

Scientists and broadcasters said Monday they have captured footage of an elusive giant squid roaming the depths of the Pacific Ocean, showing it in its natural habitat for the first time ever.

Japan's National Science Museum succeeded in filming the deep-sea creature at a depth of more than half a kilometer after teaming up with Japanese public broadcaster NHK and the US Discovery Channel.

The submarine with 3 people on board, including Tsunemi Kubodera from the museum, followed the enormous mollusc to a depth of 900 meters as it swam into the ocean abyss.

NHK showed footage of the silver-colored creature, which had huge black eyes, as it swam against the current, holding a bait squid in its arms.

Giant squid
Human size compared to the giant squid.

They descend to the dark and cold depths of the northern Pacific Ocean and, at around 630 metres (2,066 feet) they spotted the squid.


Monday, 7 January 2013

This is odd! Inmates in Brazil train cat for prison break

Prisoners are innovating and prison officers need to be on their toe all the time to snip something funny.

Brazilian inmate cat
Prison break pussy... ha ha ha

A cat trained by prisoners to deliver cell phones and tools to dig tunnels was caught at a jail in northeastern Brazil after sneaking in with forbidden items strapped to its body.

"An agent saw the cat and went to look at it closely because something about it seemed wrong," Marcelo Avelino, the head of the prison guards' union, told the O Globo newspaper.

The agent found a bag tied to the animal's body filled with saw blades and drill parts for concrete drilling and digging tunnels, along with a cell phone complete with battery and charger, Avelino added.

The cat had often been seen coming in and out of the Alagoas jail.

Prison officer Luiz de Oliveira Souza told the G1 news website that prisoners had raised the cat and that relatives would often take it home after a prison visit.

"We were very surprised by this new tactic of prisoners," who trained the animal so that it returned to the prison and even managed to carry materials, the agent added.


6 Kes jenayah sejak LegoLand dibuka

Apalah nak jadi dengan Legoland ni. Seolah-olah menjadi stesen memulakan kerja-kerja jenayah pulak! Harap pihak yang berkenaan membuat tindakan pencegahan agar tidak menjejaskan nama baik tempat tersebut.

6 kes kejadian jenayah, dan
2 kes cubaan mencuri kenderaan


Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff

JOHOR BAHRU – Polis menerima enam kes jenayah yang dilaporkan berlaku sepanjang pembukaan Taman Tema Legoland di Nusajaya sejak 15 September lalu.

Ketua Polis negeri, Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff berkata, enam kes yang direkodkan itu membabitkan kes jenayah harta benda seperti kes pecah cermin kereta.

“Turut dilaporkan dua kes non-indeks iaitu cubaan mencuri kenderaan yang membabitkan empat pengadu tempatan, tiga warganegara Singapura dan satu warga Amerika Syarikat.

“Hasil siasatan polis telah berjaya membuat satu tangkapan terhadap penjenayah yang melakukan kes jenayah cubaan mencuri kenderaan jenis Toyota Alphard yang ditempatkan di Zon 3, taman liburan keluarga itu," katanya.

Sehingga kini katanya, sebanyak 1,037,907 pengunjung ke situ dengan anggaran 10,000 pelawat sehari khususnya ketika musim cuti persekolahan.

Sumber gambar dan berita: Sinar Harian online

Sunday, 6 January 2013

World's longest insect - from Malaysia

This insect was from Malaysia. Discovered by a Malaysian and he donated it to the Natural History Museum in Britain. Very interesting - why not just give it to Malaysian Museum?

Longest insect
Datuk Chan with his creepy crawly stick-insect.

In October 2008, British scientists identified the Phobaeticus chani as the longest insect in the world. The new species of stick-insect — nicknamed "Chan's megastick" after the Malaysian amateur naturalist, Datuk Chan Chew Lun, who donated it to London's Natural History Museum — measures 22 inches long with its legs fully extended.

Its body spans 14 of those inches. And what can these long fellows do? Paul Brock, a scientific associate of the British museum told the Associated Press, "Their main defense is basically hanging around, looking like a twig."


Friday, 4 January 2013

Income limit eligibility for My First Home increased to RM5,000

This should be great news for the middle income earners. RM5,000 is not ideal but it surely make more sense than RM3,000.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The income limit of individual borrowers for My First Home Scheme (SRP) will be increased from RM3,000 to RM5,000 per month effective January 2013.

This enhancement was one of the SRP’s eligibility criteria slated for improvement under Budget 2013’s announcement last year, Cagamas SRP Bhd said yesterday.

For joint borrowers, it said the income limit had been increased up to RM10,000 per month, subject to the individual borrower’s income not exceeding RM5,000 per month.

“In addition, the requirement for a savings record equivalent to three months installment and minimum employment of six months will be abolish,” Cagamas SRP said.

It said the scheme allowed homebuyers to obtain 100% financing from participating banks, enabling them to own a home without having the need to pay a 10% downpayment.

“Cagamas SRP will guarantee the initial 10% of the loan under the scheme,” it added.

Cagamas was mandated in 2011 to play an active role of helping young, working Malaysians in the private sector to own their first homes under the SRP. — Bernama

Toshiba to make Lytro-like phone camera with over 30,000 mini-lenses

Wow! That's a lot of lenses to put into a small cellphone. Must be expensive.

What is LYTRO camera?

Lytro camera is a camera that allows users to change the focus of a picture after the picture is taken. Plenoptic cameras such as Lytro's are a new type of camera that dramatically changes photography for the first time since the 1800s.

Toshiba developing Lytro-like phone camera

Toshiba is developing a tiny digital camera module similar to the Lytro camera, which shoots tens of thousands of individual photos and then allows the user to pick the point of focus.

The new camera will have from 30,000 to 50,000 tiny lenses, yet still be small enough to fit in modern smartphones and tablets. The company aims to have a product ready for sale by March of 2014.

The concept is similar to that behind a much-hyped camera launched by California-based Lytro earlier this year. Lytro calls its technology "light field capture," and photos taken by the device can be adjusted for focus and perspective after they are taken.

"Lytro doesn't make semiconductors, so the camera module is a product that Toshiba is probably better-suited to make," said Toshiba spokesman Atsushi Ido.

Ido said the concept behind the camera module is similar to the compound eyes found in many insects. He said much of the processing involved in taking and combining the individual images with the new camera would likely be handled by the module's hardware.

Toshiba is among the world's largest manufacturers of CMOS image sensors, where it competes with rivals including Sony, Samsung and OmniVision. Toshiba is better known for its massive NAND flash operations, where it cranks out memory chips for hard drives and memory cards.


Wednesday, 2 January 2013

List of 23 smartphones offered for RM200 rebate

                                          The Alcatel 993D

The scheme is on a first-come-first served basis and will be for the first 1.5 million eligible youths who may claim their smartphones while stocks last.

The following is the list of smartphones offered are as at 26 Dec 2012 and the models list will be updated from time to time:-

1)  Alcatel 993D
2)  Alcatel OneTouch Glory 2
3)  Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2
4)  The Buzz Phone
5)  HTC Wildfire
6)  Huawei Ideos X3
7)  LG Optimus L3
8)  Ninetology Black Pearl II
9)  Ninetology Palette
10) Nokia 2730
11) Nokia 7230
12) Nokia Asha 305
13) Nokia Asha 308
14) Nokia Asha 311
15) Nokia C2-03
16) Nokia Lumia 610
17) Samsung Galaxy Chat
18) Samsung Galaxy Mini
19) Samsung Galaxy Pocket
20) Samsung Galaxy Y
21) Sony Xperia Tipo
22) ZTE Acqua
23) ZTE V790

Youths who qualify for the RM200 rebate will be able to purchase selected 3G smartphones costing up to RM500 from selected dealers and agents appointed by service providers. With the rebate, they are expected to pay no more than RM300 to own a new 3G smartphone.

Smartphone price limit RM500 too low?

MCMC does not think so. It said in a statement:

“The idea is to spread the incentive across to those who do not yet use smartphones. We really want to help those who cannot afford to change phones to upgrade from their old 2G phones to a basic 3G smartphone. Those who can afford phones priced above RM500 are really not in the intended category or target market. Some of those phones can reach prices of over RM2,500 without contract. A RM200 rebate does not even make a dent but if the phone is priced at RM500, a RM200 rebate goes a long way.”


Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Gang-rape victim's family want killers executed

Some people reading this news and say "That concerns me not, she's not my sister or my daughter". How cruel and inhuman to think that way.

Gangraped victim's family want killers hanged
Policemen block a road leading to the India Gate Monument on Dec 31, 2012. Photo: AFP


NEW DELHI: The family of an Indian gang-rape victim said they would not rest until her killers are hanged as they spoke of their own pain and trauma over a crime that has united the country in grief.

As the ruling Congress party reportedly pushed for tougher punishments for sex crimes, including chemical castration, authorities in New Delhi launched a hotline to improve safety for women in a city dubbed "India's rape capital".

And while the country returned to work after a weekend marked by candlelit vigils and street protests following the 23-year-old's death, few people were in the mood to celebrate New Year. Even the army ordered a halt to its festivities.

The woman, whom friends say was planning to marry in February, died of her injuries on Saturday in a Singapore hospital, nearly two weeks after being savagely attacked by a group of men on a bus in New Delhi. She was cremated on Sunday.

In an interview published on Monday, her brother said that although the unidentified medical student could now rest in peace, the family would not relent in their fight for justice.

"The fight has just begun. We want all the accused hanged and we will fight for that, till the end," he told The Indian Express.

Six men are facing murder charges after allegedly luring the woman onto a bus in New Delhi on December 16, and then taking it in turns to rape her and assault her with an iron bar before throwing her out of the moving vehicle.

The man whom she was hoping to marry was also left with serious injuries after he too was attacked and dumped on the roadside. His father told the same newspaper that his son would be "in pain throughout his life".

The 28-year-old attended the cremation on Sunday and has taken part in an identification parade for suspects at New Delhi's Tihar jail, relatives said.

Source: AFP

Nigerian Islamists slit throats of 15 Christians

When will violence stop? Can't people of different faiths live side by side without hurting the other?

Violence by Boko Haram
Violence linked to Boko Haram in northern and central Nigeria has left some 3,000 people dead since 2009. Photo: Afolabi Sotunde.

Suspected Islamist extremists have killed 15 Christians by slitting their throats in an attack on a village in Nigeria's volatile northeast, residents and a relief source said on Sunday.

The gruesome violence was the latest to be blamed on Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, though this Christmas season has been notably less bloody than in 2011, when attacks on churches and other locations left scores dead.

They were killed in their sleep

"From the information we gathered, the attackers broke into selected homes and slaughtered 15 people in their sleep," the relief official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak publicly.

Authorities had previously confirmed the predawn Friday attack in Musari, but gave few details and said only five were killed. Musari is located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, Boko Haram's base.

Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for a military task force in the area, told AFP on Sunday that he stood by the toll of five dead, adding that some were shot and others attacked with machetes.

Nigerian authorities tend to under-report death tolls however, and the relief official's information matched up with that of residents, who spoke of 15 people having their throats slit.

Speaking of the victims, the relief official said "they included one traffic warden and 14 civilians. The victims were selected because they were all Christians, some of whom had moved into the neighbourhood from other parts of the city hit by Boko Haram attacks."

Residents said they suspected the attackers were from Boko Haram.

"The attackers came in and silently went into homes whose residents were all Christians and slit the throats of their victims. They killed 15 people," one resident said.

An earlier military statement on the attack had said "unknown gunmen sneaked into Musari community ... and secretly carried out selective killings of five people including a serving Nigerian police traffic warden." - AFP