Thursday, November 29, 2012

Jimmy Palikat, penyanyi popular Sabah kini ahli UMNO

Jimmy Palikat sebenarnya pernah menerima anugerah seni daripada Najib di Kota Kinabalu, sebelum masuk UMNO.

Penyanyi paling popular di Sabah, Jimmy Palikat kini ahli UMNO.

Jimmy yang terkenal dengan lagu Tanak Kampung atau Anak Kampung dan bakal beraksi di final Juara Lagu 2012 terbitan TV3, menyerahkan borang menyertai UMNO kepada Presiden UMNO Datuk Seri Najib Razak sempena pehimpunan Agung UMNO 2012 di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra, PWTC.

Majlis itu turut disaksikan Timbalan Presiden UMNO Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan Ketua Menteri Sabah, Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Tanak Kampung kini ahli UMNO.

Dibawah ini adalah lagu popular Jimmy Palikat Anak Kampung yang akan beraksi di pentas final Anugerah Juara Lagu 2012 terbitan TV3. Ini aksi Jimmy Palikat dalam semifinal bersama One Nation Emcees.

All the best Jimmy Palikat...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Internal emails offer details on Osama bin Laden burial at sea

Osama bin laden, the world's top terrorist, killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by the elite US Navy Seals Team 6 on May 1st, 2011.

The USS Carl Vinson

WASHINGTON as reported by the Associated Press (AP)— Internal emails among U.S. military officers indicate that no sailors watched Osama bin Laden's burial at sea from the USS Carl Vinson and traditional Islamic procedures were followed during the ceremony.

The emails, obtained by The Associated Press through the Freedom of Information Act, are heavily blacked out, but are the first public disclosure of government information about the al-Qaida leader's death. The emails were released Wednesday by the Defense Department.

Bin Laden was killed on May 1, 2011, by a Navy SEAL team that assaulted his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.

One email stamped secret and sent on May 2 by a senior Navy officer briefly describes how bin Laden's body was washed, wrapped in a white sheet, and then placed in a weighted bag.

According to another message from the Vinson's public affairs officer, only a small group of the ship's leadership was informed of the burial.

"Traditional procedures for Islamic burial was followed," the May 2 email from Rear Adm. Charles Gaouette reads. "The deceased's body was washed (ablution) then placed in a white sheet. The body was placed in a weighted bag. A military officer read prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic by a native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was placed on a prepared flat board, tipped up, whereupon the deceased's body slid into the sea."

The email also included a cryptic reference to the intense secrecy surrounding the mission. "The paucity of documentary evidence in our possession is a reflection of the emphasis placed on operational security during the execution of this phase of the operation," Gaouette's message reads. Recipients of the email included Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. James Mattis, the top officer at U.S. Central Command. Mullen retired from the military in September 2011.

Earlier, Gaouette, then the deputy commander of the Navy's Fifth Fleet, and another officer used code words to discuss whether the helicopters carrying the SEALs and bin Laden's body had arrived on the Vinson.

"Any news on the package for us?" he asked Rear Adm. Samuel Perez, commander of the carrier strike group that included the Vinson.

"FEDEX delivered the package," Perez responded. "Both trucks are safely enroute home base."

Although the Obama administration has pledged to be the most transparent in American history, it is keeping a tight hold on materials related to the bin Laden raid. In a response to separate requests from the AP for information about the mission, the Defense Department said in March that it could not locate any photographs or video taken during the raid or showing bin Laden's body. It also said it could not find any images of bin Laden's body on the Vinson.

The Pentagon also said it could not find any death certificate, autopsy report or results of DNA identification tests for bin Laden, or any pre-raid materials discussing how the government planned to dispose of bin Laden's body if he were killed.

The Defense Department also refused to confirm or deny the existence of helicopter maintenance logs and reports about the performance of military gear used in the raid. One of the stealth helicopters that carried the SEALs to Abbottabad crashed during the mission and its wreckage was left behind. People who lived near bin Laden's compound took photos of the disabled chopper.

The AP is appealing the Defense Department's decision. The CIA, which ran the bin Laden raid and has special legal authority to keep information from ever being made public, has not responded to AP's request for records about the mission.

Malaysia : Glass panel with 'Virgin Mary' image removed, handed to local church

Updated 20th November 2012

The glass panel at the Sime Darby Medical Centre (SDMC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with an image said to resemble the Virgin Mary has been removed and handed over to the Catholic church.

In a statement, Sime Darby Group said two glass panels from the North Tower of the hospital complex were removed Tuesday morning, 20th November 2012.

"SDMC has removed and handed over the two window panes. One of the panes has on it marks that some claim resemble artistic depictions of Mary, the Mother of Jesus," it said.

The glass panels were delivered to the Marian Church of Our Lady Lourdes in Klang.

The image had drawn huge crowds to the hospital since pictures of it went viral online.

A large group of people, mostly Catholics, gathered below the area at the new wing of the hospital since 10 November 2012, lighting candles, singing hymns and reciting prayers.

Traffic was heavy around the vicinity, with even tourist buses pulling up by the roadside. This happened daily since the image was posted online including Facebook.

Secretary Janet Tong, 45, described the apparition as “amazing”.

“It is so wonderful that our Mother has come to us in a hospital, where many of the sick are crying out for her help,” she said.

Several claimed the colour and position of the image also changed.

Businessman Sheree Rao, 21, who went up inside to get a close look at the window, said the image was only visible from the outside.

“I touched the glass, thinking it could be paint or something else. But there was nothing,’’ he added.

Student Nicole Jo Pereira, 20, said she believed the image was a call for people to do good deeds.

Teacher Kenneth Fong, 27, said he was sure of an image on the window. “But whether it’s from God, I don’t know.”

Photographs of the image, believed to have appeared several days ago, have gone viral on Facebook.

Access to the window from inside the building has been restricted by the hospital.

Catholic newsletter The Herald editor Rev Father Lawrence Andrew said the Catholic Church would withhold official comment until the image had been tested and verified by theologians and church authorities.

Catholics believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus Christ, is the Mother of God.

Khairul Fahmi Che Mat bernikah dengan Leuniey Natasha, 28 Disember 2012

Tarikh 28 Disember 2012 pastinya amat istimewa bagi penjaga gol kebangsaan, Khairul Fahmi Che Mat, 23 tahun atau Apek yang akan menamatkan zaman bujangnya dengan gadis pilihan hatinya Nur Eilunie Natasha Nazri atau lebih dikenali sebagai Leuniey Natasha di kediaman Leuniey di Pasir Pekan, Tumpat, Kelantan.

Ramailah gadis di luar sana yang turut meminati Khairul Fahmi, pasti kecewa dengan perkembangan ini. Manakan tidak, Khairul Fahmi antara pemain bolasepak paling popular di Malaysia dan mempunyai perwatakan menarik yang menjadi kegilaan wanita.

Khairul Fahmi berkata walaupun beliau dan skuad kebangsaan kini dalam peringkat persediaan terakhir sebelum misi mempertahankan Piala AFF Suzuki bermula, pada Ahad ini, 25 November 2012, namum ia tidak akan menjejaskan fokusnya bersama skuad Harimau Malaya.

"Hari ini bila saya sudah umumkan tarikh perkahwinan, saya harap penyokong dan peminat akan memahami saya kerana fokus utama saya pada masa ini adalah bersama pasukan negara.

"Perkahwinan ini tidak akan jejaskan fokus saya bersama skuad kebangsaan kerana majlis akad nikah hanya akan berlangsung enam hari selepas Piala AFF Suzuki tamat ditambah persiapan perkahwinan saya banyak dibantu oleh keluarga saya dan keluarga Leuniey," katanya selepas sidang media bagi mengumumkan rasmi tarikh perkahwinannya di Kuala Lumpur pada Rabu 21 November 2012.

Perlawanan akhir Piala AFF Suzuki 2012 akan diadakan pada 22 Disember 2012 dimana Malaysia adalah juara bertahan.

Dalam majlis yang sama, Khairul Fahmi, turut memaklumkan beliau dan pasangannya memilih konsep 'English Garden Style' untuk majlis resepsi perkahwinannya di Hotel Royale Bintang, Damansara, Kuala Lumpur pada 13 Jan 2013 atau 13.01.13.

Majlis persandingan sebelah perempuan bakal diadakan di Hotel Renaissance, Kota Baharu, Kelantan pada 30 Disember berkonsepkan 'Melayu Kontemporari' manakala persandingan sebelah lelaki pula diadakan di kediaman rasmi Khairul Fahmi di Kampung Chenang, Kota Bharu pada 5 Jan 2013.

Ditanya mengenai tahap motivasi pemain skuad kebangsaan bagi menghadapi perlawanan pertama menentang Singapura Ahad ini, beliau berkata kesemua rakan pasukannya berada pada tahap keyakinan yang tinggi bagi memastikan kejuaraan Piala AFF Suzuki pada edisi 2010 mampu dipertahankan.

"Sejujurnya saya dan rakan-rakan yang lain berada pada tahap motivasi yang tinggi dan kami semua tidak sabar untuk menentang Singapura.

"Kalah, menang itu memang sudah pasti dalam setiap permainan tetapi bagi saya ia adalah satu tekanan yang positif untuk saya dan rakan-rakan pasukan bermain dengan baik terutamanya apabila Malaysia adalah tuan rumah," katanya.

Malaysia dan Thailand merupakan tuan rumah bersama bagi Piala AFF Suzuki 2012 yang akan bermula pada 24 November 2012 hingga 22 Disember 2012.

Tahniah Apek. All the best Harimau Malaysia.
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