Saturday, 13 July 2013

NGO buat laporan polis behubung pasangan menghina Ramadan

NGO buat laporan polis behubung pasangan menghina Ramadan

JOHOR BAHRU: Dua pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) hari ini membuat laporan polis berhubung tindakan dua bekas penuntut National University of Singapore mempersendakan bulan Ramadan dengan memuat naik gambar makanan yang menyentuh sensitiviti umat Islam di negara ini.

Pengerusi Usahanita Cawangan Kulaijaya Mazanah Mohammad Zain dan Timbalan Pengerusi Persatuan Diabetes Malaysia Cawangan Tanjung Puteri Fauziah Abdullah membuat laporan berkenaan di Balai Polis Tampoi, di sini.

Bercakap kepada pemberita selepas membuat laporan berkenaan, Mazanah, 56, menyifatkan perbuatan pasangan itu sebagai menghina kesucian Islam dan tidak wajar dilakukan atas dasar menghormati masyarakat berbilang bangsa di negara ini.

"Saya menerima satu sistem pesanan multimedia (MMS) mengenainya pada pukul 9.30 pagi ini ketika berada di rumah.

"Saya berasa sangat marah kerana perbuatan ini mempersendakan agama Islam dan sehubungan itu saya mahu pihak berwajib mengambil tindakan sewajarnya terhadap mereka," katanya.

Akhbar hari ini melaporkan, pasangan Tan Jye Yee, 25, dan Vivian Lee, 24, mencetuskan kontroversi apabila memuat naik gambar sedang menikmati hidangan dengan kapsyen 'Selamat Berbuka Puasa dengan bak kut teh (sup tulang babi)... wangi, enak dan menyelerakan' di laman Facebook mereka.

Tidak cukup dengan itu, mereka turut meletakkan logo halal pada gambar berkenaan.

Sebelum ini, pasangan itu pernah mencetuskan kontroversi di Singapura dengan memuat naik gambar dan video lucah mereka ke blog.

- BERNAMA, via Astro Awani 

Kapal terbang Boeing terbakar

Kapal terbang Boeing terbakar

KUALA LUMPUR: Lapangan terbang Heathrow London terpaksa menggantung semua penerbangan masuk dan keluar apabila sebuah kapal terbang Boeing 787 Dreamliner terbakar.

Kejadian menyebabkan pihak berkuasa lapangan terbang menutup kedua-dua landasan utamanya.

Dalam tweeternya, pihak lapangan terbang memberitahu ketika kejadian pesawat Ethiopian Airlines berkenaan kosong.

Polis metropolitan pula menyatakan pihaknya sedang menyiasat punca kebakaran.

Insiden berkenaan dikatakan memberikan tekanan kepada Boeing, pengeluar pesawat Dreamliner.

Awal tahun ini, operasi kapal terbang dreamliner terpaksa ditangguhkan selama tiga bulan akibat masalah bateri.

Ekoran insiden berkenaan saham Boeing jatuh lebih 1.3 peratus.

- Astro Awani

Beijing woman gang-raped, sodomised by 'cops'

A CHINESE national was gang-raped and sodomised by three men posing as policemen while she was out buying food in Jalan Pudu, Kuala Lumpur, reported Sinar Harian.

During the 5am incident on Sunday, the 33-year-old woman was pulled into a car after she was approached by the three men.

Petaling Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Fadil Marsus said that two of the men had then pulled her hair and ripped her clothes off before molesting her.

She was then taken to a hotel in Damansara where she was raped.

The frightened woman had to wait until two of the men were asleep and the other was in the shower before making her escape.

“She managed to seek help from the hotel management, who alerted police.

“We have caught all the three suspects in the room on the same day,” Supt Fadil said.

It was understood that the woman arrived in Malaysia on June 9.


This is the world's largest solar-powered boat

It is in a mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Stream:

Name : MS Tûranor PlanetSolar ,
Owner : PlanetSolar
Builder : Knierim Yachtbau, Kiel, Germany
Cost : €15 million
Launched : 31 March 2010
Length : 31 m (35 m with flaps)
Beam : 15 m (23m with flaps)
Propulsion : 2 Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electrical Motors - 60kW each (max) @ 1600 rpm
                     2 Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electrical Motors - 10kW each (max) @ 1000 rpm
Speed         : 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph) - maximum
                     7.5 knots (13.9 km/h; 8.6 mph) - cruising

MS Tûranor PlanetSolar is the largest solar-powered boat in the world.

NEW YORK: The world's largest fully solar-powered boat, Turanor PlanetSolar, docked in New York on June18, 2013 during a mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Stream current.

Sponsored in part by the Swiss government, the 35-metre (115-foot) catamaran is crowned with solar panels that retract in port but open like a bird's wings to take best advantage of the sun's rays when at sea. Weighing in at 90 tonnes, it travels at an average five knots.

The ship set sail from La Ciotat in France just over two months ago. And since it has made stops including the southeastern US city of Miami on its information gathering mission on climate change and the Gulf current.

"I myself live in Brittany, west of France, and we are very worried. We all know that if the Gulf Stream changes, even a little bit, our climate will deteriorate quiet a lot."
- Gerard d'Aboville, the boat's French captain.

The Gulf Stream sends a huge mass of warmer water from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Atlantic, giving Atlantic Europe a relatively temperate climate for its l

It also keeps areas it crosses in the Americas, such the West Indies, from being excessively arid.

PlanetSolar will be cruising through August with stops planned in Boston, Newfoundland, Iceland and Norway.

"Our goal is to understand the complex interactions between physics, biology and climate ... to refine climate simulation," said Martin Beniston of the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva. - AFP

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Three gored in Pamplona bull run

Three gored in Pamplona bull run

PAMPLONA: Three men were gored by half-tonne bulls as they raced through Spain's northern city of Pamplona on Friday, the bloodiest run of this years's celebrated San Fermin festival.

The three runners, a 20-year-old American and two Spaniards aged 31 and 42, were raced to hospital, regional health officials said.

Another three people, including a 48-year-old American, were also taken to hospital with injuries suffered in falls during the sixth bull run of the hugely popular festival.

The bull run turned dangerous when a half-tonne black bull, part of the galloping herd of six sharp-horned bulls and six steers, separated from the pack and began charging into runners.

The lone bull charged the 31-year-old Spaniard and tossed him around the ground in a 30-second tussle, causing the daredevil's pants to come off.

The man, from the town of Morella in eastern Spain desperately clung to one of the bull's horns, while two runners tried to pull the beast away by the tail. Two others then grabbed the man by the feet and pulled him away to safety.

The runner was gored three times receiving injuries to the leg and groin. An isolated bull is more dangerous because it can become disoriented and is more likely to charge.

The bull then knocked another runner near the entrance to the bull ring, sending him reeling against the wooden fence that lines the route.

"A lot of people fell along the route, it was really dangerous," said Alan Carpenter, a 38-year-old banker from Chicago after taking part in his third Pamplona bull run.

Hundreds of runners, most dressed in white with red kerchiefs, joined in the 848.6-meter (928-yard) dash through city's winding, cobbled streets from a corral to the bull ring.

Some dared to run just an arm's length in front of the bulls, glancing nervously behind at their dangerous curved horns while others chased behind the pack in the run watched live by millions on Spanish TV.

The six bulls from the El Pilar ranch in the province of Salamanca completed the course in four minutes and 57 seconds, the slowest bull-fun so far this year.

The animals, which weigh between 510 and 575 kilos, will be killed by matadors in an afternoon bullfight.

Sixteen first aid posts are set up along the route -- roughly one every 53 metres -- each with its own ambulance to whisk the more seriously injured to hospital if needed. In total 21 men have been sent to hospital during the six bull runs held so far this year.

Dozens of other participants have been treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises. The early morning bull runs are the highlight of the San Fermin festival, which was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and now draws hundreds of thousands of tourists.

Fifteen people have been killed in the bull runs since records started in 1911. The most recent death took place four years ago when a bull gored a 27-year-old Spaniard in the neck, heart and lungs.


Tablet wars intensify as prices tumble

Tablet wars intensify as prices tumble

Tablet prices are plunging amid a flood of new devices and cutthroat competition for market share.

Amazon has slashed prices of its Kindle HD tablets to as low as $169 in the US and 139 pounds in Britain, while Barnes & Noble has cut the price of its Nook to as low as $129, and has announced plans to outsource production of its tablets.

"Since Hewlett-Packard launched its tablet, there has been a lot of pressure on prices," said Rob Enderle, analyst with Enderle Group.

HP sells its Android-powered seven-inch Slate for as low as $139, helping make the paperback-size tablet computer an affordable commodity. A Gartner survey suggests tablet sales globally will rise 67.9 percent to 202 million units this year, but analysts say the market is cooling after a couple of years of sizzling growth.

Gartner said the red-hot growth in tablets and smartphones will taper off as these devices gain longer life cycles. The report said many consumers are opting for "basic" tablets to cut costs.

"It looks like the market may be tiring of tablets and as makers get desperate, you may see more pressure on prices," Enderle said.

Some retailers are selling tablets for less than $100, but Enderle said the flood of poor-quality devices may eventually backfire and turn off consumers. Jitesh Ubrani, analyst at the research firm IDC, said many of the low-cost tablets come from small, sometimes unbranded "whitebox" vendors.

"The decline of the PC market makes it increasingly important for PC vendors to compete in the tablet space," Ubrani said

"As more top-tier brands introduce low-cost products, we expect to see a reduction in the number of whitebox vendors."

Even so, the analyst said, average prices for tablets is likely to drop further, and that tablet shipments are expected to overtake all PC shipments in 2015."

The market leader, Apple, has so far kept above the fray, keeping prices steady on its iPad line of tablets, although it introduced the lower-cost iPad mini last year at $329, less than the $500 for its full-size iPad.

"Apple does not look at the competitive marketplace to determine its strategy," said Jeff Orr, analyst with ABI Research. "They look at their buyers. Because of that I would expect their price points to remain consistent for the foreseeable future."

Enderle said Apple is seeking to remain a "premium vendor" but faces a difficult choice -- lowering prices, which can hurt its profits and worsen its share price declines, or giving up market share.

"Under Steve Jobs, when a product started to commoditize, they would come out with something new," Enderle said. "Apple needs another premium product. It is overdue for whatever the next big thing is."

Microsoft has also aimed at the high end of the market with its Surface, which debuted with a starting $500 price tag, but it has cut the price as low as $199 for education buyers. Orr said some of the manufacturers may be forced out of the market if tablets are not part of their "core" business.

"Every brand believes it has an audience which will be interested in their device to connect to their ecosystem," he said. "The reality is not every player can survive."

Amazon sells its Kindles near the cost of production, in an effort to direct the buyers to Amazon content and apps. The others, including Apple. Google and Microsoft, also want to keep their customers tethered to an ecosystem for advertising and sales.

But Orr points out "there is none of that brand loyalty that some of these vendors had expected." For example, an iPad user can still use Google, and Kindle users can buy from non-Amazon sellers.

Enderle noted that Google, which makes a $199 Nexus 7 tablet, "has a subsidized model in which advertising makes up the difference" of any lost profits from the device itself.

But he noted that Barnes & Noble faces an unusual predicament because it is primarily a brick-and-mortar bookseller, and needs to bring customers into its physical stores.

"Every Nook tablet sold causes them to lose a customer who might also go into the store," he said. "They may need to go fully online and compete with Amazon."

IDC's Ubrani said it may be difficult for players like Barnes & Noble to compete with Amazon by subsidizing the tablets.

"Not every tablet vendor can afford to utilize this business model," he said. "Yes, each can offer movies, music, apps, etc. to help subsidize the tablet, but none have the same scale and product selection that Amazon does."

Enderle said that even though it seems to be a good time to buy a tablet, he advises people to wait.

"We are just short of a refresh" for many tablet makers, said Enderle. He expects new versions of the iPad, Surface and several Android models. Amazon is also reportedly working on new tablets.

"We will see a raft of new products in August and September," he said. "Unless you find a really good buy. I would wait."