Monday, 27 July 2015

Swedish police briefly hold US rapper Snoop Dogg

U.S singer Calvin Broadus Jr., best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg performs on the main stage at the Lovebox festival in Victoria Park, London, Saturday, July 18, 2015. - Photo Jonathan Short/Invision/AP

STOCKHOLM: US rapper Snoop Dogg was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police sources said Sunday.

"Police carrying out roadside controls noticed that Snoop Dogg (whose car was pulled over) seemed to be under the influence of narcotics. He was arrested and taken to the police station to take a urine test," said Daniel Nilsson, a police spokesman for the central Uppsala region.

The incident happened after the celebrity rapper gave a concert in the area on Saturday night.

"The incident lasted several minutes. Once the test was carried out he left," Nilsson added.

The test results were not immediately available.

It is far from the 43-year-old music star's first brush with the law.

Snoop Dogg's song lyrics often display his fondness for marijuana and he has previously had run-ins with police elsewhere over the drug.

- Source: AFP

The more we slam Tun M, the weaker we become - Muhyiddin Yassin

Muhyiddin said Dr Mahathir (pic) is only critical of Najib because he cares for the latter.

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has reminded UMNO members to stop slamming former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In his winding up speech at the UMNO Cheras division meeting here last night, Muhyiddin said doing so would only weaken Barisan Nasional.

He made this call in reference to Dr Mahathir's vocal criticism of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, with regard to the controversy surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

The more you slam him, the more his popularity will soar and ours will fall,” Muhyiddin said in his winding up speech at the UMNO Cheras division meeting here last night.

“I concur that Dr Mahathir is like a father to us, he is a former prime minister with a wealth of ideas,” said Muhyiddin, who is also Deputy Prime Minister.

“He (Dr Mahathir) is concerned with Najib’s situation because he cares for Najib… this is due to history with Tun (Abdul) Razak (Hussein).

“He’s only giving his opinion and I don’t think it’s too much,” Muhyiddin said.

He also voiced concern that left unchecked, the ongoing 1MDB controversy would cause Barisan National to lose should General Elections be held tomorrow.

“It will be difficult and an uphill battle for Barisan Nasional,” he said.

Despite the negative public perception, Muhyiddin said there was still time to reverse the situation.

- Source: Astro Awani 

Bobbi Kristina Brown's life story

Bobbi Kristina Houstan Brown's (right) dream was to become a star like her mother, Whitney Houstan (left). - File pic

She was her mother's daughter.

Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, the only child of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died at a Georgia hospice facility on Sunday. She was 22.

Her dream was to become a star, beloved around the world, like her mother, the person in her life to whom she was closest.

In a tragic turn, the way Bobbi Kristina exited the world mirrored the circumstances of her mother's death.

After being found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia, home Jan. 31 by her friend Maxwell Lomas, her partner, Nick Gordon, performed CPR. Bobbi Kristina was rushed to North Fulton hospital, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma.

She was later moved to Emory University Hospital, and then to a rehabilitation facility, where she remained until she was transferred to a hospice facility June 24, where she died.

Wednesday, July 15, TMZ published a photo of a white tent outside the back entrance of the hospice. It was presumably erected so a vehicle could back straight into the tent, thus preventing photographers from taking pictures of Bobbi Kristina's body leaving the facility.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26, 2015, surrounded by her family. She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months," the Houston family said in a statement to People magazine.

When details emerged about the way Bobbi Kristina had been found, the public was gripped. How was it possible, after Houston's untimely death at age 48, that her daughter could perish the same way, and so close to the Feb. 11 anniversary of her mother's passing?

Bobbi Kristina had just barely begun to live.

Brown was said to have been grief-stricken over the anniversary of the death of her mother. Houston was found face-down in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Feb. 11, 2012.

In an exclusive interview with Fox 5 Atlanta, Bobbi Kristina's aunt, Leolah Brown, sister to Bobby Brown, described her immediate thoughts when she heard that Bobbi Kristina had been discovered unconscious.

"I was just numb," Leolah Brown said. "Very numb, because I kind of saw this coming, you know? I really — I saw it. I tried to reach out. I made a statement and told Krissi not to trust anybody and I meant that."

In May, Bobbi Kristina's grandmother, Cissy Houston, and Bobby Brown, were named Bobbi Kristina's co-guardians. She told Entertainment Tonight her granddaughter was "not progressing at all."

The Browns and Houstons had given conflicting accounts of Bobbi Kristina's condition since she was hospitalized.

In April, Cissy released a statement declaring that while Bobbi Kristina was no longer in an induced coma, she had "global and irreversible brain damage and remains unresponsive."

Days earlier, Bobby Brown told fans at a Dallas concert, "I can say today, my baby's awake. She's watching me."

Shortly after Whitney Houston's death, Bobbi Kristina talked about how she was dealing with the loss of her mother in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The same year, she and her family starred in "Houstons: On Our Own," a reality series for Lifetime which consisted of one 14-episode season.

There's a heartbreaking photograph of Winfrey embracing Bobbi Kristina, who was, at the time of their interview, still a teenager. It was as though the former daytime doyenne and American matriarch was trying to shield Bobbi Kristina from any more pain when she'd already experienced so much in her life.

Bobbi Kristina told Winfrey she still heard her mother's ghost moving through her house.

When Bobbi Kristina was 14, Houston split from Brown and a judge granted her sole custody of their only child together. While they were married, Brown was arrested twice for drugs and alcohol. Houston entered drug rehabilitation programs twice. In an interview with Winfrey, Houston lamented the mistreatment Bobbi Kristina had witnessed during the marriage.

After Houston's death, Brown became estranged from her maternal grandmother, Cissy Houston, and her father. Desperate to reach her granddaughter, Cissy penned an open letter to Bobbi Kristina in 2013, a painfully public entreaty begging for reconciliation.

Bobbi Kristina announced her engagement to Gordon on "On Our Own," in 2012, flashing an engagement ring that once belonged to Houston. Members of both sides of her family disapproved.

Bobbi Kristina's court-appointed conservator filed a lawsuit June 24 against Gordon in Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that Gordon had physically abused Bobbi Kristina, and that Gordon had taken more than $11,000 from her bank account.

The lawsuit, according to CNN, states "on the morning of January 31, 2015, Brown became embroiled in a loud argument with Defendant at her townhome. The loud argument ended and Brown was later found unresponsive and unconscious, face down in a bathtub, with her mouth swollen and another tooth knocked out."

The Roswell police department had opened a criminal investigation in connection with bruises about Bobbi Kristina's face and mouth that authorities found when she was taken to the hospital in January.

Authorities later concluded that she had suffered the injuries in a car crash days earlier; they were not the result of foul play. The file from the investigation has been handed over to the Fulton County district attorney's office, which will decide if criminal charges should be filed, the Roswell police chief told CNN.

Bobby Brown has said though his lawyer Christopher Brown that the two are not, and were never married.

Gordon, who was reportedly barred from Bobbi Kristina's hospital room, changed his Twitter profile picture to a photograph of his arm, now tattooed with Bobbi Kristina's name.

"Thank you for all your prayers," he tweeted Feb. 15. "She is a strong person and will pull through this. Continue to pray for her."

Before she drowned, Bobbi Kristina indicated that she was optimistic about her future. She was trying to launch an acting and singing career, which had stalled in recent years, to follow in the footsteps of her world-famous and much-beloved mother.

In 2012, family friend Tyler Perry gave Bobbi Kristina a guest role on his show "For Better or Worse."

However, the Associated Press reported that while Bobbi Kristina inherited her mother's genes and her estate, she did not inherit the singing chops that resulted in Houston being christened "The Voice."

Bobbi Kristina is survived by her father, Bobby Brown, and her grandmother, Cissy Houston. 

- Source: The Washington Post

Anak Whitney Houston, Bobbi Kristina Brown meninggal dunia

Kematian Bobbi Kristina dikatakan tragis kerana ia menyamai kematian ibunya, Whitney Houston.

KUALA LUMPUR: Anak perempuan penyanyi terkenal Whitney Houston dan Bobby Brown, Bobbi Kristina Brown telah meninggal dunia pada usia 22 tahun selepas koma sejak enam bulan lalu.

Bobbi Kristina meninggal dunia di sebuah pusat penjagaan yang terletak di Atlanta, Georgia di Amerika Syarikat (AS) pada 26 Julai 2015.

Keluarga Houston mengumumkan berita itu melalui satu kenyataan media, lapor portal berita People.

Bobbi Kristina, yang dijumpai dalam keadaan tidak sedar diri dalam tab mandi pada Januari 31 tahun ini, dilapor berada dalam keadaan koma hampir tujuh bulan sebelum menghembus nafas terakhir semalam.

"Bobbi Kristina Brown meninggal dunia pada 26 Julai 2015, dikelilingi oleh keluarganya," kata keluarga Houston dalam satu kenyataan media.

"Dia kini berada di tempat yang lebih baik dan kami sekeluarga ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada semua kerana memberi sokongan kepada kami sepanjang masa ini," kata kenyataan itu lagi.

Menurut keluarga Houston, walaupun diberi rawatan perubatan yang canggih, keadaan Bobbi Kristina tetap merosot setiap hari.

Sementara itu, para netizen tidak melepaskan peluang untuk menyampaikan ucapan takziah kepada keluarga Bobbi Kristina di laman Twitter.

Kematian Bobbi Kristina dikatakan satu tragedi, tambah-tambah lagi apabila kematiannya menyamai kematian tragis ibunya.

Whitney Houston meninggal dunia pada 11 Februari 2012. Penyanyi tersohor itu dijumpai dalam keadaan tidak sedar dalam tab mandi di bilik hotelnya di Beverly Hilton Hotel di Los Angeles sejurus sebelum acara tahunan Anugerah Grammy berlangsung.

- Sumber: Astro Awani 

Manchester United sign Sergio Romero due to De Gea fears

Louis van Gaal says he was forced to sign Sergio Romero in case David de Gea leaves Manchester United for Real Madrid.

Madrid want to sign De Gea, but United insist they will only do a deal with the 10-time European champions if defender Sergio Ramos comes to Old Trafford in return.

Although such a deal seems unlikely at the moment, particularly with Ramos having been named Madrid captain recently, the situation could change before the transfer window shuts at 6pm on September 1.

United manager Van Gaal has therefore set up a contingency plan by signing Romero on a free transfer.

The Dutchman says it was only logical to sign the Argentine on a three-year deal given De Gea's future is still unresolved.

"I think that in our circumstances, with the threat that David de Gea is going to Real Madrid, we have to prepare our season and I think Sergio Romero can fulfil that because you have to handle very quickly when it may happen with David de Gea," the United manager said.

Van Gaal knows Romero well. He signed the 28-year-old for AZ Alkmaar in 2007 and employed him as his number one for two seasons.

The pair crossed paths again last summer when Romero denied Van Gaal's Holland a place in the World Cup final with his penalty-shootout heroics in Sao Paulo.

"He is a very good choice," Van Gaal said. "He is the Argentinian goalkeeper. He has international experience. I saw him in the World Cup because he stopped our penalties very good and that is why were not in the final, but I remember him especially from my former time and I know what he can do.

"He is a very dominating goalkeeper. His stature is also tall and he gives a lot of confidence to the players.

"Of course, he has to learn English because that is also a problem always with a foreigner. He is very good with his feet so he fits in our profile. I have a lot of confidence that he can fulfil what we are expecting."

If De Gea stays, there is no guarantee Romero will get much playing time.

"I have of course spoken with Sergio and also with David and with me always the best shall be in the line-up so you have to fight and I think in a top club as Manchester United you need always competition," Van Gaal said.

Romero, who was released by Sampdoria earlier this summer, said: "I am absolutely delighted to join Manchester United.

"To play for the biggest club in the world is a dream come true for me."

- Source: PA Sport Report - 7/27/15

Jangkaan spesifikasi iPhone 6S dan iPhone 6S Plus

Ciri-ciri lama seperti saiz skrin, resolusi, Touch ID dan penggunaan aloi aluminium dianggarkan sama seperti model 6 dan 6S yang ada kini. - Gambar fail

KUALA LUMPUR: Laman web Forbes mendedahkan bahawa saiz iPhone 6S dan iPhone 6S Plus bakal mempunyai peningkatan saiz sebanyak 3 peratus.

Forbes turut memberikan jangkaan awal telefon pintar dengan spesikasi baru itu akan mula dijual pada suku tahun terakhir tahun ini.

Perisian Force Touch yang diperkenalkan pada iWatch akan dimasukkan dalam keluaran baru iPhone 6S dan 6S Plus tersebut.

Selain itu sistem keseluruhan diramal akan mengalami pembaikan, dengan penggunaan chipset A8X baru dan penambahan RAM kepada 2 gigabait.

Piksel kamera juga akan dinaik taraf kepada 12 megapiksel.

Bagaimanapun ciri-ciri lama seperti saiz skrin, resolusi, Touch ID dan penggunaan aloi aluminium dianggarkan sama seperti model yang ada kini.

Sebelum ini satu e-mel dari Vodafone mengatakan bahawa tarikh pengumuman keluaran iPhone 6S dan iPhone 6S Plus adalah pada 25 September depan.

Minggu lalu, Apple mengumumkan penjualan iPhone meningkat 35 peratus kepada 47.5 juta unit dalam tempoh tiga bulan dari April hingga Jun. 

- Sumber: Astro Awani

Isu 1MDB: Beritahu saya apa yang betul, gesa TPM

Muhyiddin Yassin

SHAH ALAM - ‎Ketika isu 1Malaysiaa Development Berhad (1MDB) terus hangat diperkatakan, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin mengakui sukar untuk memahami mengenai syarikat pelaburan strategik negara itu.

Justeru katanya, beliau tertanya-tanya mengenai sumber mana yang boleh dipercayai sekiranya laporan The Edge tidak boleh dipercayai.

"Orang cakap dekat saya laporan The Edge tidak betul, jadi beritahu saya apa yang betul, tidak juga diberitahu sampai sekarang," Muhyiddin dipetik sebagai berkata semasa berucap pada majlis penutup mesyuarat Umno Bahagian Cheras di Kuala Lumpur, malam tadi.
Tambahnya, beliau juga terpaksa membaca The Edge untuk mendapatkan maklumat mengenai 1MDB.

"Kita tidak boleh menyalahkan orang yang dahagakan pengetahuan (mengenai 1MDB) kerana tiada kenyataan dari pihak kita untuk menjelaskan inilah situasi yang sebenar," tegasnya.

‎Terdahulu, Kementerian Dalam Negeri telah menggantung permit The Edge Weekly dan The Edge Financial Daily selama tiga bulan bermula Isnin hari ini atas tiga sebab.

- Sumber: Sinar Harian 

Kisah tragis, pengemis tercantik di dunia

BEIJING - CHINA. Mempunyai rupa paras cantik bak ‘supermodel’, namun siapa sangka si gadis yang bernama Han Biyao ini 'bekerja' sebagai pengemis.

Han Biyao merupakan seorang gadis Tionghua, disebut-sebut sebagai pengemis tercantik di dunia.

Di mana sebalik rupa parasnya yang rupawan, ada kisah tragis yang pernah melanda dirinya. 

Memetik laporan Rocket News baru-baru ini melaporkan, bahawa sebelum meninggal ayah Biyao merupakan seorang jutawan.

Sepeninggalan ayahnya menyebabkan ibunya jatuh sakit sehingga tidak mampu bekerja bagi menyara hidup. 

Keperitan keluarga Biyao tidak terhenti di situ, apabila dilaporkan bahawa keluarga itu dihimpit dengan hutang hingga mencecah ratusan ribu yuan, hingga hampir memaksa Biyao untuk menjual keperawananya dek kerana untuk melangsaikan hutang tersebut. 

Itulah kehidupan, hidup bagai roda kadangkala di atas kadangkala di bawah, itulah terjadi kepada Biyao di mana dahulu hidupnya dikelilingi dengan harta.

Namun dalam sekelip mata gadis berwajah cantik ini jatuh miskin dan hidup menderita, Biyao mengaku pernah bekerja sebagai seorang pelayan restoran demi menyambung hidup dan merawat ibunya. 

Kini, Biyao memilih menggunakan kelebihan suaranya untuk menjadi penyanyi selain masih mengemis di sudut-sudut kota metropolitan Beijing, China.

- Sumber: Sinar Harian

Saya mempertahankan kebebasan bersuara bukan individu - Nazir Razak

Nazir berkata apa yang dipertahankan beliau adalah prinsip kebebasan media dan kebebasan untuk bersuara. 

PUTRAJAYA: Pengerusi kumpulan CIMB, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak hari ini menegaskan, ulasan beliau berhubung penggantungan permit akhbar The Edge Financial dan The Edge Weekly bukan untuk mempertahankan mana-mana individu.

Sebaliknya, tegas Nazir, apa yang dipertahankan beliau adalah prinsip kebebasan media dan kebebasan untuk bersuara.

“Ia bukan untuk orang-orang The Edge Weekly dan The Edge Financial Daily, saya berdiri untuk kebebasan media”, kata beliau yang juga adik bongsu Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika ditanya mengenai ulasannya menerusi akaun media sosialnya berhubung penggantungan permit penerbitan akhbar itu sementara oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN).

Sementara itu, Nazir turut dipetik sebagai berkata, hubungan kekeluargaannya masih lagi utuh.

“Saya ada berbincang secara peribadi dengan abang saya (Najib) tetapi saya tidak akan mendedahkannya” ujarnya.

Beliau mengulas perkara itu ketika menghadiri rumah terbuka sambutan Aidilfitri bekas Perdana Menteri Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi di Dewan Seri Endon, Puspanitapuri, Putrajaya hari ini.

Pada Jumaat, Nazir dalam catatan akaun media sosial berkata The Edge adalah tunjang kepada komuniti perniagaan dan berperanan dalam memastikan industri perniagaan mendapat maklumat secara jujur dan kompetitif.

- Sumber: Astro Awani