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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Obama pledges to work with Republicans


US President Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night event at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 6 November 2012. - EPA/TANNEN MAURYUS President Barack Obama addresses supporters during his election night event at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 6 November 2012. - EPA/TANNEN MAURY
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama swept to a emphatic re-election win over Mitt Romney Tuesday, forging new history by transcending a dragging economy and the stifling unemployment which haunted his first term.
The 44th US president and the first African American to claim the Oval Office, was returned to power after a joyless election which appears to have deepened, rather than healed, his nation's political divides.
"In this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road has been hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up, we have fought our way back," Obama said at a triumphant victory party in Chicago.
"We know in our hearts that for the United States of America the best is yet to come," Obama said, striving for inspirational heights rarely touched in a campaign where the prophet of hope of 2008 became a conventional, brawling politician.
As Obama's victory was confirmed with wins in rustbelt Ohio and his spiritual political home in Iowa, large crowds suddenly materialized at the White House, chanting "four more years" and "O-bama, O-bama."
Republican nominee Romney, deflated and exhausted, offered Obama a classy tribute, as he appeared before dejected supporters in Boston, moments after phoning the US leader to formally concede and to congratulate his team.
"I wish all of them well but particularly the president, the First Lady and their daughters," Romney said.
"This is a time of great challenges for America and I pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation."
Obama repaid the compliment in his speech, saying the Romney family "had chosen to give back to America through public service and that is the legacy that we honor and applaud tonight."
And in an intriguing aside, the president said he looked forward to sitting down with his former foe to find if they could find common ground to work together. - theStarOnline

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thousands angry, K-pop Storm cancelled last minute



The event poster.
The event poster.
It was billed as the biggest K-pop concert in Malaysia—nine South Korean pop groups, headlined by boy band Shinee, together on one stage for the WBS K-pop Stormshow. However, the concert scheduled for Tuesday 6th November in Sunway Lagoon, PJ has been cancelled at the last minute.
Its South Korean organiser Happy Entertainment called off the show after South Korean radio station WBS, which initiated the concert, pulled out of the event following a disagreement between the two parties.
"[The show] has to be postponed, as the problem cannot be solved on time. The concert can no longer go on as planned. Details will be announced after the internal meeting with all parties," Happy Entertainment said in a statement, adding that ticket holders would get a full refund.
"Happy Entertainment is really sorry to all the fans that bought tickets. Procedure, venue, date and time for the refund of purchased tickets will be disclosed on our official Facebook page at facebook.com/kpopstorm," the statement said.
Despite Happy Entertainment's insistence that the show has been moved to next year—without details—TicketCharge stated on its website that the show was indeed cancelled. "We will advise all the ticket purchaser on the refund detail once we have finalise with the organiser," the company posted on its homepage.
Meanwhile, on the WBS website, the drama is far more intense. The radio station declared that they had terminated the deal with Happy Entertainment as of 1st November due to a "breach of contract".
"Happy Entertainment Inc should put right and correct all promotional materials associated with WBS Broadcasting and apologise for this," the statement read.
Naturally, the cancellation has sparked uproar among the fans as hundreds continue to flood the official Facebook page with angry comments and disappointment over the late announcement.
"Thanks for ruining my day, I appreciate your effort on these days but I just lost my trust on you guys," posted Iwin Yeong. Another fan, Jessica Djb, asked: "can u just credited back my money thru the credit card? i am not from kl u know... i hope u dont expect me to come to kl to get the refund..."
NurSyazana Razali wrote, "Make sure it is postpone, NOT cancel! And please bring them come to Malaysia next time! No more like this stupid thingy! We don't want others to look down on Malaysia! TQ." Meanwhile, Azizul Amiruddin commented, "so you mau kami buat apa esok?"
One rant from Nina Zaini Cheong went: "Hrmm, a big sigh I gave to you. You know what? When I heard that I already get the ticket for the concert, I cried because of happiness and now, you postpone it, it will really makes me cries because of sadness. You guys have mind or not?? Let me suggest, Why dont you cancel on the day of the concert?? WHY LAST MINUTE???"
WBS K-pop Storm was meant to feature Shinee, No Brain, U-Kiss, Teen Top, Block B, Girls Day, DalShabet, D-Unit and The Gwangdae. There's no word on whether any of the groups have already arrived in KL for the concert.
Published: 5th November 2012

Teen killed on eve of birthday


JOHOR BARU: A son, who was thankful that his father emerged relatively unhurt after an accident, went to retrieve his dad's motorcycle only to be killed when a vehicle rammed into him. It was a day before his 19th birthday.
Wong Feng Wei died at the scene after he was knocked down near the Permas Jaya bridge here yesterday.
About two hours earlier, his father Ling Kee, 47, had lost control of his motorcycle and grazed his elbow and knees.
“I called a couple of friends who rushed me to the emergency ward at the Hospital Sultan Ismail.
“My wife asked Feng Wei to retrieve my motorcycle which was lying by the road,” he said.
Ling Kee said he was not sure what exactly happened but passers-by told him that a car had rammed into Feng Wei, a furniture shop attendant, before speeding away.
“I had just come out from the X-ray theatre when I got the call about my son's death. I still cannot get over it,” he said.
Ling Kee said Feng Wei had planned to take the whole family out for a movie to celebrate what would have been his 19th birthday today.
“Police told us they have arrested a woman, who is suspected to be behind the wheel of the car that rammed into my son,” he said.
Feng Wei's family was grief-stricken at the Tiong Hua Association, where the body is being kept.
His 17-year-old girlfriend, only known as Elaine, could barely hold back her tears as she described Feng Wei.
“He was such a talkative, happy-go-lucky person,” she said, adding that she was staying in Kuala Lumpur and had rushed over after hearing what had happened.
Elaine said the two had been seeing each other for about two years now and were planning to get married soon.
“We wanted to get registered at the end of this year,” she said while holding tightly to Feng Wei's favourite VCDs and other items for the tomorrow's funeral. - theStarOnline

UPSR results out on Nov 19


KUALA LUMPUR: The results of this year's Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) will be announced on Nov 19, the Examinations Syndicate of the Education Ministry said Tuesday.
Pupils can obtain the results at their respective schools after 10 am on that day, it said in a statement.
It also said that an analysis of the results would be announced at the Main Meeting Room, Level 6, Block E8, Government Offices Complex Parcel E, Putrajaya, on the same day.
A total of 517,139 Standard Six pupils sat for the UPSR from Sept 11 to 13, comprising 507,783 candidates of government and government-aided schools, 9,345 candidates of Malay medium private schools and 11 candidates of Chinese medium private schools. - Bernama

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