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NEW YORK HITS BY MASSIVE SNOWSTORM

Thursday, November 20, 2014
A ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. 
Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard Tuesday as more than 4 feet fell in parts of the city. 
Authorities said snow totals by Wednesday afternoon could top 6 feet in the hardest-hit areas south of Buffalo, with another storm expected Thursday. 
Cold weather enveloped the entire country Tuesday, leading to record-low temperatures more familiar to January than November. 
Racing winds and icy roads caused accidents, school closings and delays in municipal operations from the Midwest to the South even where snowfall was low or mercifully absent. 
The storm was blamed for at least six deaths in New York, New Hampshire and Michigan.
Source: ABC News
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ISRAEL WAS BEHIND DOWNING OF MH17?

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Israel, not Russia, was behind the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July, an American political commentator says.
In a phone interview with Press TV on Sunday, Professor James Henry Fetzer said, “While the United States is claiming that the newly released photographs by Russia, claiming that the Ukrainian military jets targeted the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 are preposterous, [but] that does not mean they are not authentic, or that the plane having been shot down by Ukrainian jets is not true.”
On Friday, Russian state media released satellite images purportedly showing a Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter jet firing a missile at the MH17.
On July 17, the Boeing 777-200 passenger plane crashed in Ukraine’s conflict zone, killing all 298 people aboard. 
According to US intelligence and military officials, the plane was hit by a Russian SA-series missile launched from eastern Ukraine.
“Indeed, in the past I have seen the pieces of fuselage of MH17 showing bullet holes, both going in and going out of the same piece of fuselage, which implies that the plane was actually being shot down by jets from two different locations,” Fetzer said.

“Not only there’s nothing preposterous about this, but it’s the only account that makes any sense of what was taking place. Neither of the Russians nor supporters of Russia in the eastern Ukraine appeared to have had anything to do with it,” he added.
He went on to say that “this appears to have been part and parcel of a propaganda campaign to create a diversion to Israel’s invasion of Gaza, where indeed Vladimir Putin’s own aircraft passed through that area about 30 minutes previously.”
  • At least 2,139 Palestinians, mostly civilians, including women, children and the elderly, were killed in 50 days of the Israeli onslaught on Gaza in July and August.
  • “The fact that first responders on the scene described bodies in an advanced state of decomposition suggests that they were not fresh, and that the passengers aboard the plane, who were discovered there, had probably died some time previously, where a number of us have been led to speculate that the flight Malaysian airliner 17 was actually the same plane as the Malaysian airliner 370, which disappeared in southeast Asia months before,” Fetzer noted.
  • “There was a report from Christopher Bollyn that an identical aircraft was observed in a hangar in Israel, which would not surprise me,” he revealed.
  • “The bottom line here being that Israel, in particular, will go to any length to try to mislead and deceive the public, and in this instance had a keen motive to distract the attention of the world from its vicious onslaught in Gaza,” he stated.
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members, vanished from radar screens early on March 8, less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur on a scheduled flight to Beijing.
After a vast search in 4.64 million square kilometers (1.79 million square miles) of the southern Indian Ocean, the hunt was scaled backed as nothing was spotted.

Source: Press TV
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FOUR DEAD IN ATTACK ON JERUSALEM SYNAGOGUE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
 
An attack by two Palestinian men on a synagogue in West Jerusalem has claimed the lives of four Israelis and injured eight others. 
The Palestinian attackers, who police said were armed with a gun and axes, were shot dead by police after gaining entrance to the Har Nof Synagogue on Tuesday morning. 
Following the incident, tens of Palestinians were injured in confrontations with Israeli settlers and security forces in both Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. 
In response to the attack, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who had warned of a "harsh response," ordered the demolition of the homes of the two Palestinians who carried out the attack. Israeli soldiers and vehicles started the demolition on Tuesday evening.

Source: Al Jazeera...More..., YouTube(Sky News - LucyLove)
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INSTALATION PLANS CAUSING POOR MALAYSIANS TO PAY MORE?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
While lower income households may have televisions, refrigerators and cars, such ownership does not indicate prosperity but debt, as families pay more than the value of these goods through hire purchase plans with high interest rates.
Giving an on-the-ground picture of whether Malaysians are truly benefiting from economic policies, a Khazanah Research Institute report on "The State of Households" released yesterday showed inequality in many areas, including the fact that the rich pay less for the same items because they can afford to pay in cash.
Poorer Malaysians who rely on instalment plans to purchase goods are paying more than their wealthier counterparts for the same items, due to the high interest rates, the report stated.
This “ansuran mudah" scourge has caused Malaysians to spend most of their income, have little savings, and become more susceptible to price increases, the institute noted.
The report said that consumers who opt for installment payment offers could pay up to 50% in annual percentage rate (APR) for products, such as televisions, washing machines and fridges.
  • “The wealthiest pay by cash, the better-off choose credit based on interest rates and the least well-off choose the installment payments offer that they can afford,” it said.
  • “Low-income households, who have low financial literacy and limited access to debt, appear to choose financing based on the affordability of the monthly or weekly installments rather than the true APR.”
  • The report revealed that a RM24,936 Perodua Viva at an interest rate of 3.38% for nine years may cost only RM271 a month.

However, consumers would be paying RM6,827 in interest, or 27.38% of the total price, at an APR of 6.14%.
“With a nine-year loan, the Perodua Viva seems affordable at RM271 per month. But the reality is that the buyer pays more than a quarter of the purchase price in interest payments,” said the report.
“The problem is more acute with consumer durables, as the rates are almost 50%.”
The report said that households earning less than RM3,000 have a relatively low share of total household debt but their borrowings are proportionately higher than the rest, at seven times their annual income.


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HONDURAN BEAUTY QUEEN MISSING DAYS BEFORE MISS WORLD PAEGANT

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
TEGUCIGALPA,  Honduras  - A Honduran beauty queen has disappeared days before the start of the Miss World pageant.
Investigators are searching for Miss Honduras World María José Alvarado Muñoz and her sister, who went missing on Thursday, police in the Central American country said Sunday.
Family members reported their disappearance on Saturday, police said.
Eduardo Zablah, director of the pageant in Honduras, told CNN affiliate Televicentro that the sisters were last seen getting into a vehicle after attending a party last week.
Contestants from more than 120 countries are scheduled to start arriving in London this week for early rounds of the Miss World pageant. They'll face off in a final round on December 14.
Alvarado, a 19-year-old student from Santa Bárbara, Honduras, describes herself as an aspiring diplomat who enjoys playing volleyball and soccer in her spare time, according to a profile of her on the pageant's website.
She beat 18 contestants to win the Miss World Honduras crown in April.

Source: CNN
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MALAYSIAN RETURNING ISIS FIGHTERS FREE DUE TO LACK OF PROOF?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Proof or the lack of it is holding back police from arresting the Malaysians who return after fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) militant group, a senior intelligence source said.

"These Malaysians have not been picked up immediately because the burden of proof lies with the police, not the suspects," he told The Malaysian Insider in Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said although some Malaysians had posted pictures of themselves on social media, these had to be proven as genuine.

"If the Malaysian militant had posted an image of himself wielding an automatic rifle in the Middle East on Instagram or Facebook, police have to verify the image.

"First, was the image really taken in the Middle East? Is the image authentic and genuine? Witnesses are also required to verify if the suspect was really in the Middle East."

The official said that under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, there were a number of boxes which police needed to tick.

"Getting statements from sources in the Middle East to confirm that a Malaysian citizen was there fighting alongside Isis forces is insufficient," the official said.

"Police must build a strong case before a Malaysian suspect who fought alongside Isis forces in the Middle East can be charged in court here.

"True, there may be numerous pictures and images posted on social media of Malaysians fighting in the Middle East but who is going to authenticate the images?"

It was recently reported that at least five Isis militants had returned and that police had arrested three of them. The official said of the three arrested, two had been charged in court last week.

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MARILYN MONROE’S LOVE LETTERS UP FOR AUCTION?

Monday, November 17, 2014
‘Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Archives’ which includes letters written by her ex-husbands, Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller will be auctioned next month.
Over 300 items which previously belonged to the late screen icon will be auctioned off at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills next month, including notes written by her former husbands. 
In one letter, addressed to Mrs. DiMaggio, the baseball star bared his heartbreak at their split in 1954 after a few months of marriage.
He wrote: ‘I love you and want to be with you.There is nothing I would like better than to restore your confidence in me. ‘My heart split even wider seeing you cry in front of all these people.’ 
  • Friends including Clark Gable, Cary Grant and Jane Russell wrote other letters, which form part of the ‘Marilyn Monroe’s Lost Archives’ sale. 
Other items in the sale include a framed letter from designer Cecil Beaton, in which he reassured her she was a fine actress, and a 19-minute reel made after her 1961 movie ‘The Misfits’ wrapped which shows her happily on the beach with co-star Gable and other friends.
Auction owner Darren Julien thinks the pieces could fetch over $1 million when they go up for sale on December 5 and 6.


Source: Agency
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POLISH WOMAN RISES FROM DEAD, ASKING FOR TEA?

Monday, November 17, 2014
A 91-year-old Polish woman was declared dead and spent hours in a morgue before waking up, to the astonishment of hospital staff and relatives. 
Her demise and resurrection had apparently created an appetite, as she ate soup and pancakes.
Janina Kolkiewicz was declared dead by local medics in a small town of Ostrow Lubelski in eastern Poland, reported TVP public broadcaster. She had no pulse, was not breathing and her eyes didn’t react to light.

  • But 11 hours later she woke up inside a body bag in the cold chamber of the local morgue. The dramatic event happened on November 6, but the information emerged in the local press only on Thursday.
  • “I was sure she was dead,” Kolkiewicz’s doctor, Wieslawa Czyz, who has 28 years of medical practice, told TVP. “I’m stunned, I don’t understand what happened. Her heart had stopped beating, she was no longer breathing.”

Source: Agency
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WORLD'S FIRST COMMERCIALLY HATCHED LOBSTER IN MALAYSIAN SABAH

Sunday, November 16, 2014

KOTA KINABALU, Sabah, East Malaysia - The world’s first ever commercially hatched lobster successfully bred in Sabah.
The ground breaking milestone of the commercial breeding programme was shown to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak  who visited the Integrated Lobster Aquaculture Park (iLAP) Mini Commercial Hatchery in Tuaran about 30kms from Kota Kinabalu.
Lobsters or Panulirus ornatus, commonly known as ornate spiny lobsters is being seen as a massive leap in Sabah’s aquaculture technology that will brings Malaysia another step closer to the global market for lobsters that is valued at over USD4 billion a year.
"Only a handful of people in the world have the knowledge and technology to successfully culture the critical 11 stages and undergo metamorphosis from larvae form to juvenile lobster,” said Lobster Aqua Technologies Sdn Bhd president and chief executive officer Dr Shahridan Faiez Sunday.
  • "No one has ever successfully bred these large edible lobsters in captivity till now.  Sabah, with its ideal natural tropical environment is now the landmark for this historic event.
  • "The waters have to be pristine to ensure successful breeding," he added.
  • The RM3bil and 15 year lobster aquaculture project is expected to create 20,000 high-income jobs by 2028.
  • The hatchery-based lobster juveniles are already deployed into sea-cages for the first time ever in Semporna.
  • "We are proud to have successfully localised this hatchery technology.
  • “This is how technology and talent come together and become a powerful catalyst for transformation.
  • Without state and Federal Government support, none of this would have been possible," Dr Shahridan said in a new release after the Prime Minister visited the hatchery.
The iLAP project is managed by Lobster Aqua Technologies Sdn Bhd, a joint venture between Nanyang Nexus Sdn Bhd and state owned Yayasan Sabah's subsidiary, Inno Fisheries Sdn Bhd.
Nanyang Nexus Sdn Bhd is a company jointly owned by Ever Nexus Sdn Bhd and Darden Aquasciences Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Fortune 500 company Darden Restaurants Inc).

Source: The Star
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