Sunday, January 27, 2013

Six injured in Johor Baru train derailment

Rescue personnel carrying out an injured passenger to an ambulanceRescue personnel carrying out an injured passenger to an ambulance
JOHOR BARU: Six passengers were injured when four coaches of a passenger train from Kuala Lumpur derailed while heading to Singapore on Saturday.
Deputy Johor Baru (North) police chief Supt Beh Eng Lai said the mishap at 3.30pm occurred near Taman Impian Emas between the Kulaijaya station and Kempas Baru station. "The passengers sustained minor injuries and were taken to Sultanah Aminah Hospital for treatment," he said.
KTMB said in a statement that 200 passengers were onboard the train when the mishap occurred.
Following the derailment, the train's return trip from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and from Singapore to Kelantan have been cancelled.
"The affected passengers can get a refund for their tickets or reschedule their trips," the statement said. - theStarOnline

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Two Malaysians among hostages held in Algeria

*Wisma Putra confirmed Thursday that two Malaysians were among those held hostage at the Amenas gas facility in Algeria. Malaysia is working closely with the Algerian authorities and the families of the two have been contacted, it said in a statement.
PARIS: Malaysian and Filipino nationals are among the hostages being held at a gas field in Algeria, French news channel France 24 reported Wednesday on the basis of what they said was a phone conversation with a Frenchman also being held.
The station, which only broadcast a very short excerpt of the conversation they recorded with the French hostage, said he had told them that he was being held along with English, Japanese, Filipino and Malaysian nationals.
News 24 said it had no way of knowing if the hostage was speaking under constraint from his captors.
According to the station, the Frenchman said the hostages were being held in a booby-trapped building at the gas field in southern Algeria and that individual hostages had belts of explosives attached to them as a deterrent against any attack from security forces.
France has not confirmed that one of its nationals is among the hostages.
The hostage takers told Mauritanian media they were holding 41 Westerners, among them French, British and Japanese citizens, as well as seven Americans, at the gas field, In Amenas, which is jointly operated by British oil giant BP, Norway's Statoil and state-run Algerian energy firm Sonatrach.
Algeria has said an Algerian and a Briton were killed in the attack.
Various sources had earlier indicated that the hostages include Americans, Britons, one Frenchman, an Irishman, several Japanese and Norwegians.
An Islamist group, in a statement posted on Mauritanian website Alakhbar, said the kidnapping was in retaliation for the French military intervention against armed Islamists who seized control of northern Mali in April last year. - AFP

Liow: Two trainees at Intan centre down with H1N1

Liow exhibiting his skipping skills at the Skip For Health functionLiow exhibiting his skipping skills at the Skip For Health function
KUALA LUMPUR: Two administrative and diplomatic officer (PTD) trainees were found to be infected with the H1N1 virus at the Intan training facility in Ipoh.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said they have been isolated and their progress monitored.
"We found that out of the 109 trainees at the centre, 52 were suffering from mild cough and fever but they do not have H1N1.
"There is no outbreak, it is just within this particular group and I ensure that action was taken so that no outbreak occurs," Liow told reporters after officiating a Skipping For Health function here.
Liow urged people to be wary of their health and cleanliness to avoid contracting the deadly virus.
"H1N1 is always in the country. Please wash your hands and if you have cough or fever, don't mix with others and wear a mask," he said.
He added that Malaysians planning to travel to cold countries should get vaccinated as the weather could make them vulnerable to diseases. - theStarOnline

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Swiss trains collide, 17 injured

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Two Swiss trains collided on Thursday, injuring 17 people, none of them seriously, and closing the line near the German border, police said.
The two local trains, one travelling from Winterthur and the other from Schaffhausen, crashed just outside the Neuhausen station in northern Switzerland, not far from the German border.
Swiss firemen stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
Swiss firemen stand beside a demolished RE 440 train after a train crash in the northern Swiss town of Neuhausen am Rheinfall January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Swiss railways said the line was closed and buses were carrying local passengers, while those travelling from Zurich to Stuttgart in Germany would be diverted via Basel.
Police spokeswoman Anja Schudel said 17 people had been injured and nine of them taken to hospital, but nobody was badly hurt. Everybody had been evacuated from the trains, which were carrying a total of 280 passengers, she said.
Swiss trains have a reputation for punctuality and safety, and fatal train accidents are rare.
The last major accident was in 2010. One passenger was killed and 42 were injured when one of the country's best-known tourist trains, the Glacier Express, derailed at the height of the summer holiday season.
(Reporting by Arnd Wiegmann and Emma Thomasson; Editing by Louise Ireland)
Copyright © 2013 Reuters

‘Catch Me If You Can’ pilot’s cheating spree ends

KUALA LUMPUR: A conman who called himself Capt Darwin and posed as a pilot saw his cheating days coming to an end when he was caught by police.
Unlike Leonardo Dicaprio’s character in Catch Me If You Can, Capt Darwin targeted men instead of women.
The 46-year-old posed as a pilot from Malaysia Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Brunei Airlines to dupe more than eight victims since September last year.
He sweet-talked his victims before convincing them to buy expensive smartphones for him.
He would lead them to a hotel room in the city before giving them a “slimming pill”, which would knock out the victim.
He would then disappear with cash and other valuables.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said police finally arrested the suspect at a hotel on Jan 2 after putting him under surveillance for a few months.
“The victims claimed that they were under a spell and the suspect might have used black magic.
“His victims include a taxi driver and a technician,” he said at a press conference yesterday, adding that the suspect had been remanded until Friday.
“He robbed the victims of more than RM30,000 worth of belongings and cash.
“We believe he may have duped more than eight individuals and we urge those who have been victims to come forward,” he said.
However, SAC Ku clarified that the victims were not sexually assaulted during their “dealings” with Capt Darwin. - theStarOnline

From jungle romance to ‘wedding run’

Shared love: Sawyer and Diana making their way down a trail at the Botanical Gardens in Penang.
Shared love: Sawyer and Diana making their way down a trail at the Botanical Gardens in Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: Love blossomed between American Robert Sawyer and Indonesian lass Diana Sihombing after a chance meeting during a jungle hike in the hills of Penang.
More than 18 months after saying “hello” amid the island's tropical jungle, the lovebirds decided to say “I do” and got married at Diana's home in Medan on Dec 22.
But they were back where they started with a “wedding run” near the Botanical Gardens here.
With smiles and cheers from their Hash House Harriers friends, the newlyweds were appropriately attired he in a tuxedo above his running shorts and she in a thigh-length bridal dress, complete with veil and long gloves.
Recalling their first encounter, Sawyer, 44, said they had gone for a run in the jungle separately and had unexpectedly crossed each other's path.
Finding out that Diana was a keen runner, he introduced her to his group of Tuesday Hash Kakis.
“Not everyone could make it to our wedding in Medan. So we decided to celebrate it here with a Hash wedding run,” said Sawyer, who hails from San Francisco.
Sawyer has been running with the Hash chapter for about 10 years after moving to Penang.
Diana, 27, said her special “running gown” was a gift from friends from two different Hash chapters.
“It's very comfortable! No problem to run in,” added the hospitality management student, who has been here for over two years.
In true Hasher tradition, the couple, who turned heads in their unusual running attire, began their run with a toast of red wine.
At the end of the trail, the group kicked back with a few drinks in a non-traditional tea ceremony before adjourning to Pulau Tikus for a dinner reception. - theStarOnline

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rescued infant to be treated at Klang hospital

PETALING JAYA: The newborn found and rescued by rubbish collectors in Kota Kemuning will be treated at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah in Klang for a couple of weeks.
Shah Alam OCPD Asst Comm Zahedi Ayob said the baby had been sent to Columbia Asia Hospital for initial treatment before being transferred to the hospital in Klang.
“We expect her to receive care at the hospital for at least two weeks,” he said, adding that the baby was healthy.
As the police had yet to identify the baby’s mother or next of kin, ACP Zahedi said she would be handed over to the state Welfare Department upon her discharge.
“The department will then choose the best possible orphanage. We were told that this could take quite a while,” he said.
ACP Zahedi said they would need help from the public to identify the baby’s mother, urging them to contact the nearest police station.
“Those responsible for dumping this baby must be brought to justice. She deserves better,” he said.
Selangor Welfare Department director Nik Omar Nik Ab Rahman said it had sent its officers to the hospital.
“The baby will be taken into our custody once she is discharged. She will be sent to our home for children in Klang as her parents or relatives have not been identified,” he said, adding that the case had been classified under Section 20 of the Child Act.
“Any action taken will be in the baby’s best interest.” - theStarOnline

"Nobody helped us for an hour" - Indian rape witness

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Passers-by left a gang-raped Indian student lying unclothed and bleeding in the street for almost an hour, a male friend who was assaulted with her said on Friday in his first public comments on the case that provoked a global outcry.
The 23-year-old student died in hospital two weeks after she was attacked on December 16 in a private bus in New Delhi, prompting street protests over the Indian authorities' failure to stem rampant violence against women.
The graphic account from the man in a television interview is likely to add fuel to public anger over the death in a country where official statistics show one rape is reported every 20 minutes.
The woman's friend told the Zee News television network he was beaten unconscious with a metal bar by her attackers before the pair were thrown off the bus.
They lay in the street for 45 minutes before a police van arrived and officers then spent a long time arguing about where to take them, the man said.
"We kept shouting at the police, 'please give us some clothes' but they were busy deciding which police station our case should be registered at," the man said in Hindi.
Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat told Reuters GPS records show the first police van reached the scene four minutes after it was were called and took the man and the woman to hospital within 24 minutes.
Neither the woman nor her friend have been named. Five men were charged with her gang rape and murder on Thursday. A court is due to consider the charges on Saturday.
The man's comments caused an renewed outpouring of anger on Twitter. "After reading and watching the Zee News interview I'm absolutely shocked and ashamed of being an Indian," said @BarunKiBilli.
The man called on the protests to continue, but said he wished people had come to his friend's help when she needed it.
"You have to help people on the road when they need help."
The male friend said he and the woman were attacked after an evening out watching a film.
"From where we boarded the bus, they (the attackers) moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights of the bus," he said, according to a transcript of the interview.
When they were thrown out, they pleaded with passers-by for help, he added in the studio interview, a blue metal crutch leaning on his chair.
"There were a few people who had gathered round but nobody helped. Before the police came I screamed for help but the auto rickshaws, cars and others passing by did not stop," the man added.
(Reporting By Frank Jack Daniel; Editing by Andrew Heavens)
Copyright © 2013 Reuters

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