Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome 2011 : Millions gathering to count in the new year

The sky above Sydney Harbour lights up with the 9 pm fireworks display on the New Year's Eve in Sydney, Australia, Friday. -AP
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) - Enthusiastic Australians camped out at parks alongside the Sydney Harbour Bridge to win the best view of Friday's spectacular New Year's Eve fireworks kicking off celebrations around the world.
As the clock ticked closer to 2011 across Asia, Vietnam's capital was preparing its first-ever official New Year's Eve countdown and Taiwan planned a massive pyrotechnic display in the shape of a dragon. Europeans were looking forward to a celebration that could help them forget their economic worries.
In New York City, nearly a million revelers were expected to cram into the streets of Times Square to watch the traditional midnight ball drop. The 20-inch snowstorm that left the city's streets unplowed will be a memory to the crowd. Crews have removed the large drifts and warm temperatures are helping to melt what's left.
At least 1.5 million people are expected to line the harbor in Sydney, the first major city where the new year arrives. Celebrations begin with aerial displays by vintage aircraft and a parade of boats around the harbor.
In Christchurch, New Zealand, two minor earthquakes Friday did not shake plans for all-night celebrations.
"There is more reason than ever for people to get together and celebrate the beginning of a New Year," Christchurch's acting mayor Ngaire Button said, urging residents to celebrate in the central Cathedral Square, where workers were removing loose masonry after the quakes.
A powerful 7.1-magnitude quake wrecked thousand of buildings in Christchurch on Sept. 4, but nobody was killed.
This year marks the first time Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, officially celebrates the new year with a countdown blowout, complete with a light show and foreign DJs in front of the city's elegant French colonial-style opera house.
Vietnamese in the past paid little attention to the changing of the calendar, instead holding massive celebrations during Tet, the lunar new year that begins on Feb. 3. But in recent years, the Western influence has started seeping into Vietnamese culture with teens, who have no memory of war or poverty and are eager to find a new reason to party in the Communist country.
In South Korea, up to 100,000 people are expected to come out for a bell-ringing ceremony in central Seoul, with officials and citizens striking the large bronze bell hung in the Bosingak bell pavilion 33 times at midnight.
Some South Koreans also go to the mountains or beaches on early Saturday to watch the first sunrise of the new year.
At midnight in Taipei, Taiwan, fireworks will form a spiraling dragon climbing up the city's tallest skyscraper. Some 50 dancers will beat drums in the freezing cold river in a dance to underscore how people should live with nature in harmony.
In Japan, New Year's Eve is generally spent at home with family but those who venture out go to temples to pray for good luck in the new year. At Zojoji, a 600-year-old Buddhist temple in central Tokyo, thousands were expected to release balloons at midnight carrying notes with their hopes for 2011.
In Beijing, about 500 people were expected to gather at the Ancient Bell Museum for the chance to ring in the new year on the 46-ton bell. The city is also trying to start a new tradition, with an orchestra playing a "Hymn to China" at the China Century Monument just two minutes before midnight.
While many Asian countries famed for their firework displays were planning to light up the night skies, Myanmar's military government banned all fireworks for New Year's Eve and said severe action would be taken against anyone selling or using them.
A local news journal, Modern, noted that last year 62 people were given 6 to 12 month prison terms for violating this ruling.
The government gave no reason for the ban but in the past has said that it feared "unscrupulous persons" might take advantage of the fireworks to create disturbances.
In Europe, many people will be partying simply to forget their economic woes after a year that saw Greece and Ireland needing financial bailouts and others, such as Spain and Portugal, battling speculation that they will need similar aid.
If not at home or at private parties, Spaniards traditionally gather in their main town squares to eat 12 grapes one by one as the bell in the square marks the countdown to 2011.
In the Irish capital of Dublin, people will flock to the Christchurch cathedral to listen as the bells chime in the new year.
In London, thousands will witness a musical and firework display at the 135-meter high London Eye, located on the southern banks of the Thames River. The Eye, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary, lies almost opposite the Big Ben clock tower at Parliament that will chime in 2011.
In Paris, tens of thousands are expected to pack the Champs Elysees and the area around the Eiffel Tower for dazzling light and firework displays.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hotel staff rapes guest

Picture used for illustrative purposes only. (GETTY)
Picture used for illustrative purposes only. (GETTY)

An Asian hotel worker in Bahrain raped a guest at knifepoint and told police he could not help it when he saw the woman’s body, newspaper said on Wednesday.
The woman, in her 30s, was lying in her bed when she saw the man upon her stripping her underwear and pointing a kitchen knife at her, they said.

When he finished, he left the room and threatened her not to tell the manager. But she went straight to the management and reported the rape.

The papers said the unidentified worker confessed to the crime and said he could not help it when he saw parts of the woman’s

Najib declares Friday a holiday

KUALA LUMPUR: Tomorrow has been declared a public holiday to celebrate Malaysia’s first ever victory in the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Suzuki Cup championship.
The Prime Minister made the announcement last night.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak also congratulated the Malaysian football team for making the country proud.
“Well done, Malaysian Tigers! You played well as a team and have made your country very proud. Congratulations!” Najib wrote in his Twitter yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin also praised the team, saying: “The victory proves that nothing is impossible if we truly want to win.”
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the victory was a timely boost to Malaysian football and all Malaysians were united in cheering the team.

Malaysia wins AFF Suzuki Cup

Malaysia's S. Kunanlan vs Indonesia's Mohammad Nasuha
Malaysia's S. Kunanlan vs Indonesia's Mohammad Nasuha
Oh never mind Malaysia didn't ganyang (trump) Indonesia hard enough at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium on Wednesday night. Our boys won the AFF Suzuki Cup on a 4-2 aggregate.
It was a historic victory as this is the first time Malaysia brought home the AFF Suzuki cup in 21 years!
But Indonesia won the second leg of the final 2-1 in Jakarta while Malaysia had won the first leg 3-0.

The scorers for Indonesia were Ridwan (87th minute)and Mohammad Nasuha (71st). Safee Sali had scored in the 52nd minute to put Malaysia 1-0 in the lead.

In the first half, Indonesia threw all it had at a gutsy Malaysian team. The Malaysian boys, however, held their ground and also survived a penalty miss by the hosts.
Malaysia's striker Safee Sali is da man
Malaysia's striker Safee Sali is da man
Earlier, it was a sea of red and white at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium.

Never has there been such an overwhelming show of support for "Timnas" (national team) Indonesia although they had lost to Malaysia 0-3 in the first-leg of the final in the Suzuki Cup Asean Football Federation (AFF) Championships at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil on Sunday.

They stood behind the national team. It was a sell-out crowd of 88,000 spectators and mostly filled with red-hot hostile fans.
Security was super tight at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
Security was super tight at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium
There were also warning notices for fans not to bring banned items into the stadium, especially laser beam lights, which stirred a controversy in the AFF Championships since Dec 1.

National coach K. Rajagopal, manager Datuk Subahan Kamal, assistant secretary of the FA of Malaysia (FAM) Kelly Sathiraj and assistant coach Tan Cheng Hoe were given a hostile reception when they trooped onto the pitch to check on the playing conditions.

The fans showed the thumbs down sign and jeered at them before their Indonesian counterparts led by Austrian coach Alfred Riedl was given a rousing welcome.

Hours before the kick off, the tense atmosphere could be felt outside The Sultan hotel where the Malaysian football team is staying.

It has been tense ever since the team arrived Monday and since Malaysia beat the Indonesians 3-0 in Sunday's AFF Suzuki Cup final first leg at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil. - By Eric Samuel
Photos by Glenn Guan/The Star (Jakarta)

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Man kills wife in gun-play sex game

In prison: Arthur Sedille's police mugshot. He is facing possible murder charges over the death of wife Rebecca.
In prison: Arthur Sedille's police mugshot. He is facing possible murder charges over the death of wife Rebecca.
A 23-year-old man man in Oklahama shot his 50-year-old wife in the head during a round of role playing sex.
He faces murder charges after the gun went off and killed her, according to The Daily Mail.
Rebecca Sedille was shot in the head
Rebecca Sedille was shot in the head
Gun fanatic Arthur Sedille told the police he would frequently put a handgun to his wife Rebecca's head during fantasy sex play at their Oklahoma City home.

But Sedille claims he he didn't know the gun was loaded on the night he pressed it to her head on the night of Dec 21.

The gun went off and Rebecca was killed instantly.

Sedille is facing the possibility of a murder charge in Canadian County, Oklahoma, over the death of Rebecca.

According to court papers by Oklahoma City police, Sedille said the shooting was accidental and called 911 immediately afterwards.

Investigators decided to arrest and jail Sedille on suspicion of first-degree murder but now charges have yet been made as police are still investigating the bizarre incident.

Although a Canadian County judge found that probable cause exists to hold Sedille on the murder charge, assistant district attorney Paul Hesse said he was yet to receive a report from police on the case.

Sedille will remain in jail until the investigation is over.

The interests section of his Facebook page list pages on pitbull dogs, the AK-47 assault rifle and the World War II M-1 Carbine rifle.
Source: The Daily Mail

Tense and anxious mood hours before kick off

JAKARTA: Its hours away to kick off and the tense atmosphere could be felt outside The Sultan hotel where the Malaysian football team is staying on Wednesday.
It has been tense ever since the team arrived Monday and since Malaysia beat the Indonesians 3-0 in Sunday's AFF Suzuki Cup final first leg at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
In fact, the Malaysians have a bird's eye view of the going-ons outside the hotel, a five-minute drive from the Gelora Bung Karno stadium, venue of the much-awaited second leg.
Since morning, red-shirted Indonesian fans began to arrive in large numbers at the stadium.
Fans anxiously waiting for the game to start.
Some have been camping there the whole night. The car horns have been blaring most of the day and traffic is starting to come to a standstill.
The TV stations started their live coverage early by conducting on-the-spot interviews and game assessment from the fans at the stadium.
Team manager Datuk Subahan Kamal said they have been provided with adequate security and even given a senior police officer to attend to the team's needs round-the-clock.
"The mood is good inside (the team) but we are quite worried what is going to happen outside. I was told that it is tensed out there.
"The Indonesian fans are upset with our victory in the first-leg at Bukit Jalil," Subahan told The Star.
Police personnel with batons arriving at the stadium to take up positions
Coach K. Rajagopal advised the boys to remain focussed and not get distracted by the happenings outside.
"We have a game to play on the field. What happens outside is not our concern. We came to play football," said Rajagopal.
FA of Malaysia (FAM) deputy president Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah joined the team for lunch Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the team's final training at the Senayan C ground was called off due to security concerns.
Even their plans to train at an alternative venue backfired when they got caught in a traffic jam. Rajagopal was left with no other choice but to concentrate on light training at the hotel grounds.
There were reports of Indonesian fans mobbing them with banners carrying anti-Malaysia slogans during the training at the hotel ground. - theStar

Monday, December 27, 2010

Wife discovers husband is a woman

Minati Khatua launched a fraud investigation

A wife in India has launched a fraud investigation after discovering her husband of six months is in fact a woman.
Minati Khatua from Orissa in India believed that her husband was a respectful man who told her that they could not consummate their marriage because he was observing a religious ritual.
The 27-year-old woman allegedly discovered the truth when she walked in on her spouse taking a bath, reported the Daily Telegraph.
According to the Daily Telegraph, she told the police, "I thought he was devout and respectful of me."

"But when I walked in to the bathroom there was no mistaking that my husband was 100 per cent a woman."
Police believe that the "groom," who has since disappeared, posed as a man to take advantage of the dowry.

The dowry reportedly included a car, gold ornaments and approximately US$411 (RM1272) in cash.
Source: Korea Herald/ANN

Aussie arrested for sex with teens

The Thai Tourist Police has arrested an Australian man, who was accused of molesting two boys aged 14-15 at a rented room in Chon Buri's Bang Lamung district along with 23 pornographic VCDs of boys.

Following a tip-off that a foreigner was to bring minors for molestation at the rented room, police staked out until they spotted the 39-year-old suspect, Walter Hasesberger, coming in with a 15-year-old boy at the room.

Another 14-year-old boy followed them to the room.

When police raided the room, they found the man in bed with the first boy, both naked.

Police said the man had confessed to molesting the two boys for the first time.

The 15-year-old told police that Hasesberger promised to pay him Bt1,000 (RM100) for a 'hand job' and that his 14-year-old friend had been similarly hired twice before by Hasesberger.

The Australian has been charged with taking minors under 18 for molestation, with or without the minors' consent.

Xmas cheer for Portuguese community

MALACCA: It was a Christmas wish come true for the country’s only traditional Portuguese village in Ujong Pasir when they received an RM480,000 gift from the government to repair the chapel in their village.
The news was greeted with cheers from residents of the 1,200-strong community who were playing host to the national-level Christmas celebrations here on Sunday night.
“The government is fulfilling its promise and the money is to be used by the community to repair their chapel or church,” said Information, Communication and Culture Minis­ter Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.
Santarinas doing the Joget Ria 1Malaysia in Ujong Pasir, Malacca yesterday.
He said he was personally instructed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to bring the good news to the community.
The 1,200-strong community had previously sought funds to build a church in the village which was approved under the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
Earlier in his speech, Dr Rais reminded the people to hold on to values shared by all Malaysians irrespective of race or culture.
“Values of respecting the feelings, rights and needs of others are the core fundamentals to ensure unity and solidarity,” he said.
Over 20,000 visitors converged on the traditional fishing village for the national-level Christmas celebrations, which kicked off at about 9pm when Malacca Governor Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob arrived with his consort Toh Puan Zurina Kassim.
They visited several homes during a brief walkabout in the village before Mohd Khalil launched the celebration by lighting up a Christmas tree and presenting aid to 10 charities.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, Human Resource Minister Datuk Dr S. Subramaniam and Deputy Information, Com­munication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum were also present.
A total of 55 Miss International Tourism contestants from around the world also paraded Malaysian batik designs during the celebration.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Rocket with Indian satellite explodes after launch

NEW DELHI (AP): A rocket carrying an Indian communication satellite exploded just after lift-off in the second launch failure for India's space agency this year.
Television images showed the rocket exploding in smoke and fire just after it launched Saturday from the Sriharikota space centre in Andhra Pradesh state. It was carrying a GSAT-5P communication satellite into orbit.
The vehicle developed an error 47 seconds after lift-off and lost command, leading to a higher angle in the flight, said K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation.
"That caused a higher stress, breaking up the vehicle," Radhakrishnan told reporters. In April, a similar rocket on a developmental flight plunged into the Bay of Bengal.
The ISRO said its rotor seized and turbine casing ruptured, probably due to excessive pressure and thermal stresses.
Yashpal, a retired Indian scientist and independent commentator, said he was very disappointed by Saturday's failure, but other countries too have experienced such problems.
"I hope it's just one of those things," Yashpal, who uses one name, told reporters. India is planning its first manned space flight in 2016.
An Indian satellite launched in 2008 to orbit the moon was abandoned last year after communication links snapped and scientists lost control of the satellite.
India is the fifth country after United States, Russia, China and France to enter the commercial satellite launch market.
The country has sought to convert its rise as an economic power - built on a thriving high-tech sector - into global clout in other areas.
Since 1994, India's space programme has launched a number of Indian-made satellites. It's also been able to launch nine successful space flights consecutively.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Dr M’s date with Shah Rukh Khan

NEW DELHI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is on a tour of India, will be a special guest of Bollywood heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan in Mumbai.
Dr Mahathir and his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali are in the Indian financial capital for a private visit.
“When he heard I was coming to India, he said I must go to Bombay (Mumbai).
“I have known him for quite some time. His last movie I watched was My Name is Khan,” said Dr Mahathir.
Khan is expected to host a special high tea for the couple at his Mumbai residence today.
During his two-day visit to Mumbai, Dr Mahathir is also slated to visit the Yash Raj Film Studio, India’s premier film studio.
Dr Mahathir is the second luminary to meet Khan in Mumbai in less than a week, after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev last Wednesday.
Medvedev was on an official visit to India last week.
Malaysian Consul-General in Mumbai Wan Zaidi Wan Abdullah will also host a special dinner for the visiting dignitaries.
Dr Mahathir will conclude his Indian tour with a visit to Kerala.
On Thursday, he met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi. – Bernama

Friday, December 24, 2010

Doctor dies of overwork

Dr Chen Chih-Chuan
Dr Chen Chih-Chuan
A doctor at the National Taiwan University Hospital is suspected to have died of overwork.
Dr Chen Chih-Chuan, 41, of the Department of Neurology, collapsed and died last month.
Soon after his death, another doctor from the same department, Dr Tseng Sheng-hong, 55, fainted while on duty at the hospital.
Dr Tseng, however, recovered after receiving treatment.
Dr Chen was found at his home in Taipei by members of his family, who went to check after they lost contact with him.
He had died by then.
According to his colleagues, Dr Chen had been working for more than 12 hours daily for about six months before his death.
They said he had to go to round the wards, analyse brain wave reading reports as well as carry out medical research and education work.
They believed Dr Chen died of overwork.
Source: ETTV, Taiwan

M'sian-born doctor admits killing hooker

A Malaysian-born neurosurgeon in Sydney, Australia, who was accused of murdering two prostitutes, has admitted to the manslaughter of one, who died after after a cocaine and sex binge.
Dr Suresh Surendranath Nair, 42, was charged with murdering Suellen Domingues-Zaupa, but the court accepted his guilty plea to the less serious offence.
Dr Suresh Surendranath Nair, who admitted to the manslaughter of a prostitute, being led out of the court
Dr Suresh Surendranath Nair, who admitted to the manslaughter of a prostitute, being led out of the court
The court also accepted his guilty plea to a charge of supplying cocaine to the other prostitute, Victoria McIntyre, over whom he originally faced a manslaughter charge.
Dr Nair further admitted to supplying a prohibited drug in January, when he broke his bail conditions by being found with cocaine in the company of two naked escorts.
At Dr Nair's committal hearing the magistrate was told of his guilty pleas, and she committed him for sentence on February 4 and refused bail.
McIntyre, 23, died at Dr Nair's flat in February 2009, while Domingues-Zaupa, 22, died nine months later.
Prostitute Carmen Hernandez-Cardona said she went to Dr Nair's ’s flat with Domingues-Zaupa after he requested "two girls".
They undressed and used a rolled-up A$50 (RM155) to snort numerous lines of cocaine supplied by Dr Nair, which she described as "strong... it was close to pure".
She later noticed her colleague shaking uncontrollably but when she told Dr Nair something was wrong he said she just needed to sleep and gave her a sedative.
Suellen Domingues-Zaupa died after a cocaine and sex binge
Suellen Domingues-Zaupa died after a cocaine and sex binge
But the witness said blood and saliva came out of Domingues-Zaupa’s mouth and she turned purple.
Dr Nair, who appeared "relaxed" and continued to snort cocaine, called two men who arrived a short time later.
McIntyre was one of five prostitutes hired by Dr Nair the night she died.

Some gave evidence of Dr Nair putting 'rocks' of cocaine in their vagina and anus, where the drug can be rapidly absorbed.
A forensic expert said McIntyre recorded one of the highest levels of cocaine toxicity he’d seen.
Justice Megan Latham noted Dr Nair’s "long-standing drug addiction" and the need to protect those who provide sexual services for payment.
She referred to testimonials from his peers in neurosurgery, despite his drug, alcohol and mental health problems.
"I can only conclude that he is a gifted practitioner whose skills were so much in demand that suspension was a remedy of last resort." - Agencies

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