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MALAYSIAN SABAH FIRM LOOKS TO BUILD MALAYSIA’S FIRST OCEAN POWER PLANT

Saturday, October 25, 2014
 
KOTA KINABALU, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo ― Malaysia may soon be able to harness the power of the sea for electricity with new technology that is being jointly developed by a Sabah private company with a US partner.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Johnity Ongkili(photo) said studies are being conducted to test the possibilities of having the ocean-based plant either in the Straits of Malacca or in the waters between Labuan and Kuala Penyu off the coast of Sabah, where the tidal movement is most suitable.
“I also think that Kudat and Pulau Banggi has got good flow but this needs to be confirmed by the experts. It would be great to have it in Sabah where we really need the power,” Sabah-born Ongkili told reporters after witnessing the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the project here recently.
The MoU, between Tawau-based Green Power Solutions and US underwater power developer Current2Current International, kicks off a partnership to develop an ocean-based renewable energy source.
“This new prototype technology has the potential to be used worldwide, in any location that has an ocean current, is self contained and therefore, is portable. 
We are extremely proud that an internationally company such as C2C has chosen Malaysia and Sabah in particular to launch their first venture in Asean,” said Green Power Solutions business development 
director Reuben Lim.
  • He said the 10-megawatt plant may be operational within a few years after thorough study is conducted.
  • Putrajaya had previously announced a target of 5.5 per cent of its total electricity is to come from renewable energy (RE) sources by 2015.
With a new adopted definition of RE that includes all forms of renewable energy including hydro and off-grid renewable energy, Malaysia’s RE has jumped from under 2 per cent to 14 per cent.
“Malaysia has huge renewable energy potential and we should tap into these resources to ensure greater energy security and autonomy in the country. Sabah is exemplary with rich bioenergy resources from the palm oil industry, and can make sure of its high solar irradiance, and harness energy from rivers, wind and geothermal,” Ongkili said in his speech earlier.
He said the talk on ocean renewable energy technologies is consistent with the Government’s policy to explore all forms of sustainable energy.

Source: Malay Mail Online
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MOTHER ACCUSED OF RUNNING AMOK IN MALAYSIA CAPITAL, ESCAPE

Friday, October 24, 2014
JOHOR BARU, Malaysia - Authorities are on the hunt for Muhdalena Ahmad, who has abandoned her newborn, to escape from police custody since being sentenced to a mental institution for running amok at the Prime Minister’s Department two years ago.
It is learnt that she escaped from the Sultanah Aminah Hospital two days after giving birth to a baby boy.
Muhdalena, who was pregnant with her third child, was sent to the hospital on Sunday from Hospital Permai, where she has been seeking treatment for her mental condition since June 19 this year.
Sources said she left behind her newborn, who was being taken care of at another hospital block.
  • It is learnt that Muhdalena took the opportunity to escape from police personnel guarding her at around 8.50am yesterday by giving the excuse that she had to go to toilet.
  • During the incident, she was neither handcuffed nor accompanied by the personnel to the toilet.
  • Sources said she was last seen wearing a pink hospital garb and that the police had launched a manhunt to track her down at bus stops and taxi stands near the hospital.

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NEW YORK CITY DOCTOR INFECTED WITH EBOLA?

Friday, October 24, 2014
A physician with Doctors Without Borders who returned from West Africa recently has tested positive for Ebola at a New York City hospital, the city's mayor confirmed.
The doctor developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement on Thursday 
The doctor has been identified as Craig Spencer, who lives in Manhattan's Harlem neighbourhood, according to New York City Councilman Mark Levine.
  • "A person in New York City, who recently worked with Doctors Without Borders in one of the Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, notified our office this morning to report having developed a fever," Doctors Without Borders said in a statement. 
  • Mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference early on Friday said "New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed... Every hospital in the city is prepared in case other patients come forward.""It is our understanding very few people were in direct contact with him... Every protocol has been followed."
  • "We're hoping for a good outcome for this individual," he said. 
  • New York State Governor Mario Cuomo also said that proper procedures are being followed in treating the patient. 
  • "We have the situation under control," he said. "The more facts you know, the less frightening the situation is." 
The doctor reported his fever on Thursday morning, and Doctors Without Borders said it promptly notified the city health department. 
The patient, who returned to the United States within the past 21 days, is being treated at Bellevue Hospital, the health department said. Twenty-one days is the maximum incubation period for Ebola.
Bellevue, a historic city hospital, is one of the eight hospitals in New York state designated earlier this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan.

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SOLDIER SHOT AT CANADIAN WAR MEMORIAL IN OTTAWA

Thursday, October 23, 2014

OTTAWA, Ont, Canada - A man with a rifle shot a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial in downtown Ottawa, and witnesses said there were further shots fired on Parliament Hill nearby.
It was not immediately known if there were further injuries.
Alain Merisier. who works at the cafeteria in the Parliament building, told CBC News that said he saw a man in a car at the Centre Block with a long gun.
Witnesses said they then heard shots fired, and there was an unconfirmed report of a person injured outside the Library of Parliament.
Police confirmed the shooting at the War Memorial, and sealed off the area while the injured soldier was given emergency medical aid.  He was later put into an ambulance.
  • Scott Walsh, who was working on Parliament Hill, said he saw a man running with double-barrelled shotgun, wearing a scarf and blue jeans.
Walsh said the man hopped over the wall or fence that surrounds Parliament Hill, with his gun forcing someone out of their car. 
He then drove to the front doors of Parliament and fired at least two shot, Walsh said. Police said the man was not yet in custody.
The National War Memorial stands in Confederation Square in the heart of downtown Ottawa. The Parliament buildings and the Gatineau Hills are in the background.

Source: CBC, CNN
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UN SECRETARY GENERAL PRAISES MALAYSIA’ POVERTY REDUCTION

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today commended Malaysia for “making great strides” in reducing poverty, adding that the country must share its experiences with the world to enhance development in other nations.
“Your experiences can help countries throughout the global South, and I urge Malaysia to look at how it can increase South-South cooperation,” Mr. Ban said in a speech at the Institute for Diplomacy and Foreign Relations in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.
In his remarks, Mr. Ban underlined that Malaysia has made remarkable progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the globally agreed blueprint for halving extreme poverty, halting the spread of diseases, promoting access to education and improving health care – ahead of the 2015 deadline.
“Millions of people have been lifted from poverty. With such success comes responsibility. This is your chance to assume leadership,” he said, adding that the country must now focus on working on finding ways to achieve sustainable development economically, socially and environmentally.
In addition, during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Mohd Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Mr. Ban praised the country for its efforts to maintain unity while respecting ethnic and religious diversity.
“Malaysia is a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural country. Promoting unity among diversity, promoting one Malaysia among Malaysians is a great vision, not only for the Malaysian people, but also for the region,” he said. 
“This is exactly what the United Nations tries to promote worldwide.”

Source: UN News Centre
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MALAYSIAN ANWAR BELIEVES COURT WILL REVERSE SODOMY CONVICTION?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
De facto PKR leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today expressed confidence that his sodomy conviction would be overturned by the federal court.
The opposition leader was in Little India in Klang today where he visited shops and chatted with the locals, who are busy preparing for Deepavali tomorrow.
"What excuse will the authorities use for convicting me? The Kajang move? It is already over as the appellate court had used that as an excuse."
Asked whether he had enlisted the aid of foreign leaders, Anwar pointed out that even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had done the same.
"Has Najib not asked for assistance from United States president Barack Obama on certain issues which Malaysia faced?
"The issue here is defending the principles of freedom, democracy and the rule of law. It is applied and practiced everywhere."
Anwar said the BBC and the Daily Telegraph in England had interviewed him, and he told them that those who upheld these principles would be supported anywhere.
Anwar said the sodomy appeal due to be heard by the court next week was not just about him, but innocents being wrongfully imprisoned.  
The federal court is scheduled to hear Anwar's appeal on the sodomy conviction on 
October 28 and 29. On March 7, the Court of 
Appeal overturned his sodomy acquittal by the 
high court two years ago. 

The federal court is scheduled to hear Anwar's appeal on the sodomy conviction on October 28 and 29.
On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned his sodomy acquittal by the high court two years ago.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/confident-anwar-believes-court-will-reverse-sodomy-conviction#sthash.Drg36Aee.dpuf
Source: The Malaysia Insider
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FILIPINO TEEN WINS X-FACTOR AUSTRALIA

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Fifteen-year-old Filipino singer Marlisa Punzalan proved she has the biggest X factor, winning Australia's most popular reality talent competition on Monday. 
Punzalan is the youngest singer to win X Factor Australia, besting 22-year-old rock singer Dean Ray and Brothers 3 in the grand finals. 
"I just can't believe, I feel like I'm floating on a cloud right now," Punzalan said after being declared the winner in the show, which was attended by singer Taylor Swift. 
Punzalan stood out with her powerful vocals and stage presence. For her final song, she sang a supercharged version of Titanium, earning praise from the judges.
Singer and former Boyzone member Ronan Keating, who mentored Punzalan, expressed her praise for teen. 
"She's been unbelievable, what a superstar. So deserving of the title," Keating said. 
Punzalan, the daughter of Filipino migrants in Australia, is the only Filipino performer who made it to the finals. Trill, a group of Filipino teenagers, were eliminated in the first live show. 
"Thank you so much, everyone who voted and everyone who supported me, thank you so much. I couldn't have gotten this far," Punzalan said in a video message to fans.

Source: Gulfnews
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AUSTRALIA'S PARLIMENT HOUSE LIFTS FACE VEIL BAN

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
 
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a short-lived ban on facial coverings including burqas and niqabs after the prime minister intervened.
The government department that runs Parliament House announced earlier this month that "persons with facial coverings" would no longer be allowed in the open public galleries of the House of Representatives or the Senate. 
Instead, they were to be directed to galleries usually reserved for noisy schoolchildren, where they could sit behind sound-proof glass.
The Oct. 2 announcement was made a few hours before the end of the final sitting day of Parliament's last two-week session and had no practical effect.
Hours before Parliament was to resume on Monday, the Department of Parliamentary Services, or DPS, said in a statement that people wearing face coverings would again be allowed in all public areas of Parliament House.
  • It said face coverings would have to be removed temporarily at the security check point at the front door so that staff could "identify any person who may have been banned from entering Parliament House or who may be known, or discovered, to be a security risk."
  • A DPS official, who declined to be named, citing department policy, said that by late Monday no visitor to Parliament House that day had a covered face. Face veils are rarely seen in the building.
The ban on face veils in the public galleries had been widely condemned as a segregation of Muslim women and a potential breach of federal anti-discrimination laws.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott later revealed that he had not been notified in advance that the ban was planned and had asked House Speaker Bronwyn Bishop to "rethink that decision."

Source: ABC...More...
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'I WANT TO TOUCH A DOG' EVENT A BIG HIT WITH MALAYSIAN MUSLIMS

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
KUALA TERENGGANU, Malaysia - The Department of Islamic Development of Malaysia (Jakim) will conduct a thorough investigation on the organising of the 'I Want To Touch A Dog' event that took place at Central Park, One Utama near Petaling Jaya on Sunday.
Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha(photo) said the event should not have taken place and Jakim regretted the irresponsible attitude of the organisers who were not concerned with the sensitivities of Muslims in the country.
"This event has never been held previously and is the first time being exposed to the community.
“We are Muslims and our religion has stated clearly the penalty regarding dogs.
"Jakim will investigate the matter immediately and any action will be referred to the existing provisions," he told reporters after officiating the national level religious school principals conference here Sunday night.
He was commenting on the organising of the programme that received overwhelming response from Muslims in and around the federal capital.

Source:   Bernama, The Malaysian Insider...Full Story
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