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  • Tigeriban 7:23 am on October 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Bakun Dam flooding starts 

    MIRI: The flooding of the Bakun Dam in central Sarawak has started, despite desperate attempts by the natives of Sarawak to stop it.

    Sarawak Hidro, the dam’s developer and manager, started the flooding process very early Wednesday.

    Chief engineer and managing director Zulkifle Osman said the flooding started at short notice after engineers decided late Tuesday that the weather was perfect for the operation t be carried out.

    The natives had desperately tried to stop the flooding, including by lodging a police report at the Belaga police station on Tuesday.

    It was reported that Sarawak Hidro has been suffering financial losses as the the impoundment of the dam had been postponed due to the current inclement weather.

    Engineers at the site had to continuously abort any move to dam up the Balui River because of the heavy rain over central Sarawak.

    Zulkifle said the postponement was costing them a fortune and the longer the delay, the closer they got to the monsoon season, hich would make it even more difficult to start the impoundment.

    The flooding process is expected to take up to seven months.

    Source: The Star Online

  • Tigeriban 6:31 am on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Probe all missing persons cases thorough, says IGP 

    KUALA LUMPUR: All missing persons reports must be investigated immediately and thoroughly to avoid another tragedy such as that of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya’s murder, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.

    He admitted that Sosilawati’s case could have been prevented if fast action, including proper investigation, had been conducted over earlier reports of missing persons.

    He also said a task force had been formed to investigate all missing persons reports linked to the lawyer brothers.

    “There should be no more slacking. Those caught slacking or ignoring missing persons reports will be severely reprimanded,” he told senior news editors during a briefing at his office in Bukit Aman yesterday.

    As for Sosilawati’s case, Ismail said police considered it solved and commended CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Bakri Zinin, Deputy Comm Datuk Hadi Ho Abdullah and all the detectives in the Sosilawati task force for nabbing the suspects involved.

    He said the team will be liaising with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in preparing the charges and type of charges to be preferred against those detained for the murders of Sosilawati and three others – lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, CIMB Bank officer Noorhisham Moham mad, 38, and driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44.

    “We hope the public will give us time so that we have an airtight case with ample evidence to be adduced in court.

    “So, do not speculate if we do not charge the suspects fast.”

    • Concerned 4:03 pm on September 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      What’s the point of “telling us”. Kick your men’s rears and outline to us exactly what you will you and the results you expect in 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. Not make airs with sermons and showing the public you are telling your men to get to work.

      It appears his men are telling the IGP to do busy work.

      • Tigeriban 2:37 am on September 22, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        if you read latest news, it look like this cases linked to many person before…Now I wonder what actually happen to previous one. They police just ignore it or ???

  • Tigeriban 7:12 am on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Shooter games can improve decision-making, study claims 

    SYDNEY, Sept 15 — Violent video games like “Call of Duty” can help trigger-happy players make decisions faster in real life, according to a study released today.

    Researchers from New York’s University of Rochester found that first-person shooter games produced a heightened sensitivity and led to more efficient use of sensory evidence.

    “These benefits of video games stem only from action games, which almost always means shooter games, where you go through a maze and you don’t know when a villain will appear,” researcher Daphne Bavelier said in a statement.

    “It’s not exactly what you’d think of as mind enhancing. Strategy or role-playing games don’t have the same effect.”

    The study, published in the journal Current Biology, involved testing 26 people aged 18 to 25, none of whom had played shooting games before, over several months.

    Half of the participants played 50 hours of shooting games like “Call of Duty” and “Unreal Tournament” while the other half played 50 hours of a strategy game, “The Sims 2.”

    They were then given various tests such as deciding which direction a group of dots on a screen was moving at varying speeds, and deciphering which ear was hearing noises.

    The researchers found that the group who had played the shooting games was able to make judgments faster and more accurately. They were found to be 25 per cent better at decision making.

    “Unlike standard learning paradigms, which have a highly specific solution, there is no such specific solution in action video games because situations are rarely, if ever, repeated,” the researchers wrote in their study.

    “Thus, the only characteristics that can be learned are how to rapidly and accurately learn the statistics on the fly and how to accumulate this evidence more efficiently.” The findings come amid a debate about the pros and cons of violent video games such as first-person shooters.

    Research from Texas A&M International University earlier this year found violent video games can increase aggression and hostility in some players but also found that they can benefit others by honing their visual/spatial skills and improving social networking ability. — Reuters

  • Tigeriban 8:24 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Traditional burning method used 

    PETALING JAYA: The remains of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and the three men she was last seen with were believed to have been burnt using cow dung and petrol, a highly effective traditional method which can reduce a human body to ashes in between 30 minutes and an hour.

    The average human body takes from two to three hours to burn completely when in a coffin and placed in the furnace, pre-heated at 1,100°C.

    However, the traditional method, which originates from India, involves placing cow dung on the body and sprinkling some petrol which is then lit.

    “A gas released from the burning cow dung increases the intensity of the fire which reduces the body to ash very quickly, often leaving only the femur (thigh bone) and pelvic bone still intact,” a source said.

    Source: The Star

  • Tigeriban 2:17 am on September 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Oprah Winfrey shocks audience with free trip 

    CHICAGO, Sept 14 — Oprah Winfrey surprised her talk show audience attending the premiere of her 25th and final season yesterday with an all-expenses-paid eight-day trip to Australia.

    Some 300 audience members clapped, cried and hugged as Winfrey announced the trip and introduced pilot-actor John Travolta, who stepped out of a mock-up of a Qantas Airways jet rolled onto the stage.

    “I started to think about where would I most want to go. Maybe I should take all of you with me to the other side of the world … We’re going to Australia! We are going to Australia! You and you and you and you, are going to Australia!” she said.

    Some of her show’s staff will also be flying to Sydney in December, where the Sydney Opera House will be transformed into the “Oprah” House for a taping of her show.

    Previously, the famously generous Winfrey has given each audience member a new car, and recently handed staff members of her “O” Magazine Apple iPads and US$10,000 (RM31,000) cheque. She has also handed out school scholarships, money for homes, and financed a school for girls in South Africa.

    In a surprise to Winfrey, Paul Simon turned up to perform a rewritten version of a song dedicated to her.

    “The Oprah Winfrey Show” is syndicated to 215 domestic stations by CBS Television Distribution and to 145 countries by CBS Studios International.

    Winfrey won’t be off the airwaves after her talk show ends, as her Oprah Winfrey Network is set to kick off on cable on January 1. — Reuters

    SM: Wow Oprah…sponsor me lah

  • Tigeriban 10:47 am on September 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    UEFA ban vuvuzelas from European competition 

    BERNE, Sept 1 — Vuvuzelas have been kicked out of European competition after UEFA said that the plastic trumpets drowned out supporters and detracted from the emotion of the game.

    The plastic horns became a hallmark of the World Cup in South Africa, producing a monotonous droning sound which provided a backdrop for every match.

    But they will not be allowed in stadiums in UEFA competitions such as the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2012 qualifiers after UEFA’s ruling on Wednesday.

    “European football’s governing body has informed its 53 member associations that it has taken the move for reasons related to Europe’s football culture and tradition, saying that the atmosphere at matches would be changed by the sound of the vuvuzela,” said UEFA in a statement.

    “The World Cup was characterised by the vuvuzela’s widespread and permanent use in the stands,” it added.

    “In the specific context of South Africa, the vuvuzela adds a touch of local flavour and folklore, but UEFA feels that the instrument’s widespread use would not be appropriate in Europe, where a continuous loud background noise would be emphasised.”

    The statement then continued with a clear criticism of the controversial instrument.

    “The magic of football consists of the two-way exchange of emotions between the pitch and the stands, where the public can transmit a full range of feelings to the players.

    “However, UEFA is of the view that the vuvuzelas would completely change the atmosphere, drowning supporter emotions and detracting from the experience of the game.

    “To avoid the risk of these negative effects in the stadiums where UEFA competitions are played and to protect the culture and tradition of football in Europe — singing, chanting etc. — UEFA has decided with immediate effect that vuvuzelas will not be allowed in the stadiums where UEFA competitions matches are played. — Reuters

  • Tigeriban 2:14 am on August 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Harvard tops university list as China progresses 

    CANBERRA, Aug 18 — Harvard retains the crown as top university for the eighth year in an annual ranking of the world’s universities which is dominated by the United States but shows China’s performance improving.

    The 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), published since 2003 by the Centre for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said the United States dominates the list with eight in the top 10 and 54 in the top 100.

    Joining Harvard in the top 10 were the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; California Institute of Technology; Princeton; Columbia and Chicago. Yale came 11th.

    The best ranked British universities were Cambridge, slipping to fifth place from fourth last year, and Oxford retaining the 10th position. Overall the number of British universities in the top 500 rankings dropped to 38 from 40.

    But the ranking, initially set up to find the global standing of Chinese universities, showed Asian universities were advancing up the list with 106 from the Asia Pacific region making the top 500 and Chinese universities performing better.

    “While the ranking methodology has been kept the same, the number of top 500 Chinese universities reaches 34 in 2010, which is more than double that in 2004 (16),” Shanghai Jiao Tong University said in a statement.

    Chinese universities in the top 200 included National Taiwan University; Peking; Tsinghua and Chinese University of Hong Kong.

    The ARWU uses six indicators to rank universities globally including the number of alumni and staff with Nobel prizes, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published and cited in top journals and the per capita performance with respect to size of the institution.

    Ranking more than 1,000 universities every year with 500 published online, the list focuses heavily on achievements in scientific research.

    From the Asia-Pacific region, the top performer was Tokyo University which was again listed in 20th place followed by Kyoto in 24th position. However Japan’s overall performance was weaker with just 25 universities in the top 500, down from 31 last year.

    From Australia, the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra was ranked in 59th place and Melbourne moved up to 62nd position from 75 on the back of alumna Elizabeth Blackburn winning the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

    Universities from Middle East countries also made progress in the 2010 list.

    Saudi Arabia had two in the top 500 — King Saud University and King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals of Saudi Arabia — compared to just one last year. — Reuters

    SM: That is my name…hehehehe

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