- Remaja 19 Tahun Kalah Judi 8 Juta
- Bahrain latest to shut down Al Jazeera office
- Some 15 Palestinians Wounded in Israeli Airstrikes on Gaza
- Nescafe coffee in Dubai recalled over safety reasons
- Obama to visit Indonesia June 14
- Mosque on 2nd floor over church in Turkish province
- Israel excavates near Jerusalem’s Old City
Posted: 26 May 2010 08:35 AM PDT
Seorang remaja berusia 19 tahun terpaksa kerugian 8 juta akibat kalah judi yang menjadi hobinya sejak berusia 16 tahun.
Remaja itu yang merupakan anak jutawan, mengikut jejak langkah bapanya yang mempunyai hobi yang sama, menghabiskan wang kekayaan bapanya dengan bertaruh dalam perlawanan bolasepak luar negara melalui internet.
Disebabkan hobi berjudi itu, remaja itu terkenal dengan gelaran ‘Little Dragon’. Remaja tersebut membesar dalam keadaan melihat bapanya berjudi seawal usia 16 tahun. Suatu hari, beliau berjudi dengan had yang dikenakan oleh ejen perjudian sebanyak RM100,000. Setiap kali beliau kalah teruk, bapanya akan membayarnya. Selama tiga tahun beliau berjudi, sudah beberapa kali bapanya terpaksa menjamin beliau akibat ditimbus hutang judi yang melambung tinggi.
Perkara ini didedahkan oleh Pengerusi Barisan Nasional Klang, Datuk Teh Kim Poo. Teh berkata remaja terbabit sedang melanjutkan pelajaran di sebuah kolej swasta di Petaling Jaya yang mengadakan program ijazah berkembar dengan Universiti di Australia.
Sudah beberapa kali remaja itu terpaksa menggunakan wang yuran kolej untuk bayar hutang judi. Beliau sanggup membohongi bapanya dengan mengatakan kolej minta wang yuran lagi untuk mendapatkan duit untuk bayar hutang judi.
Apabila remaja itu tidak mampu lagi bayar hutang, Ejensi perjudian akan hantar along meminta wang dari bapanya.
Posted: 26 May 2010 03:54 AM PDT
MANAMA, May 20: Bahrain on Tuesday said that it had temporarily shut down the office of Al Jazeera television station for “violating professional conventions.”
“The Ministry of Culture and Information has made the decision to freeze the activities of Al Jazeera Satellite Channel office in Bahrain after the channel violated professional conventions and did not comply with the laws and regulations of the press, printing and publication law,” the ministry said in a brief statement carried by Bahrain News Agency (BNA).
“The temporarily freeze will be lifted after the ministry and the channel agree on a memorandum of understanding that defines their relations in a way that preserves the rights of both parties according to the principle of reciprocity in exercising media activities in both countries,” according to the ministry.
Bahrain in May 2002 banned the Doha-based channel from reporting from Bahrain. The information minister said that the ban was imposed because the television station was deliberately seeking to harm Bahrain and that it was biased towards Israel and against Bahrain.
Arab countries that barred the pan-Arab Al Jazeera station include Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco and Palestine.
The pan-Arab station was started in 1996 with a loan of QR 500 million ($137 million) and quickly won the hearts and minds of Arabs through a series of unprecedented bold talk shows and an unfamiliar coverage of Arab and world events.
It achieved international fame after the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington when it was the only channel to cover the war in Afghanistan live from its office in Kabul.
Al Jazeera English was launched in November 2006.
Posted: 26 May 2010 01:37 AM PDT
GAZA, 26 MAY, 2010: Israeli warplanes rocketed two targets at Tuesday midnight in Gaza Strip, leaving at least 15 people lightly wounded, witnesses and medical sources said.
Quoting the witnesses, China’s Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, that Israeli F-16s carried out four successive airstrikes on Gaza’s inoperative airport in the southern Gaza Strip, and two other airstrikes on a Hamas training camp in the northern part of the territory.
Medical sources in the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Islamic Hamas movement, said that civilians and police officers were among those wounded in the airstrike on the training camp.
The sources said no injuries were reported when missiles were fired into Gaza Airport east of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. The airport has been inoperative since the beginning of the Palestinian intifada, or uprising, against Israel in 2000.
Gaza Airport was built by the Palestinian Authority in 1998.
Residents of the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun described two explosions in the area as a result of F-16 strikes on the training camp of al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing.
The Israeli airstrikes were a response to earlier homemade rockets fired toward southern Israel. No injuries or damage were reported, where Israel vowed retaliation to the rockets attack.
Posted: 26 May 2010 01:22 AM PDT
DUBAI, May 21: A range of Nestle coffee has been recalled over concerns that the jars may contain fragments of glass, the manufacturer announced in a press statement.
Products that may be affected are in a speciality soluble range in 100g jars, including the Alta Rica, Alta Rica Decaff, Cap Columbie, Suraya and Espresso types, which have a distinctive plastic sleeve.
Some of the jars may be susceptible to breakage during the delivery process to our customers and consequently may contain small pieces of glass, the statement read.
However, Dubai Municipality said that this isn't serious.
"This is not a serious issue as the product is not commonly found in the UAE," Khalid Mohammed Sharif, Director of Food Control department at Dubai Municipality said.
"The product is produced in South East Asia and is only found in limited quantity and in select stores," Sharif explained.
He added that the recall is only a precautionary measure and that Nestle had already informed the Municipality of its decision to recall.
"We were informed about it two days ago by Nestle as they wanted us to be in the picture. We have since taken all the necessary action is such situations and made sure the product is removed from stores."
The Nestle statement continued: "The quality and safety of our products is a non-negotiable priority for our Company. Only products in this specific jar format are affected. We will be changing the packaging format before we reintroduce this coffee range to the market," the statement continued. It also included an apology to consumers and customers for any inconvenience.
Posted: 26 May 2010 01:17 AM PDT
JAKARTA, May 26: US President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Jakarta on June 14 for a much-anticipated visit to the country where he spent part of his childhood over 40 years ago.
US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero told a press conference in Washington on Monday that Obama would launch during his trip a US-Indonesian comprehensive partnership that would cover various fields, ranging from the economy to environment.
Otero made a trip to Indonesia on May 17-21 and discussed potential partnerships with senior government officials, nonprofit organizations, nongovernmental organizations and civil society activists.
"One of the key goals of [Obama's] trip is to engage with government officials on how our democracies can cooperate to support and strengthen the democratic institutions in the region."
This will all be part of the partnership, Otero said.
Obama was slated to visit Indonesia in November during a trip to an APEC meeting in Singapore. The visit to Indonesia was rescheduled to March, but postponed later because of a key US Congress' vote on health care.
Posted: 26 May 2010 01:00 AM PDT
HATAY (Turkey), May 26: In the southeastern province of Hatay, along the Syrian border, it is not unusual to see a mosque, a church and a synagogue all on the same street – or even right on top of each other.
In Yo?unoluk village, part of the province's Samanda? district, for example, there is an Armenian church believed to have been built between 1633 and 1646 underneath a newer mosque that is open for religious services.
The area's diverse religious heritage, along with its seaside and caves, gives Samanda? high tourism potential, district governor Tahsin Kurtbeyo?lu told the Anatolia news agency.
The seven-meter high Titus Tunnel is a must-see sight in the district, according to Kurtbeyo?lu. Built by Roman emperor Vespasianus and his son Titus to prevent floods of rainwater coming down from the mountains, the tunnel took 10 years and the labor of a thousand slaves to complete.
"We have a lot of tourist wealth, such as the St. Simon Abbey, which contains three churches, a baptistery and many cisterns, rock-cut architecture built in Roman times and the almost 2,300-year-old 'Moses Tree,'" Kurtbeyo?lu said, adding that the Armenian church with a mosque on top in Yo?unoluk is "a symbol of Hatay now."
The church was built and used by Armenians and the building is now under the authority of the General Directorate of Foundations, the district governor said. According to Kurtbeyo?lu, the historical building has never been renovated, but the regional Directorate of Foundations plans to carry out restoration work on the structure.
A concrete minaret was built on the stonework church after Armenians left the village in the 1940s, a change that was made without harming the architecture of the original structure, according to the imam at the mosque, Mehmet Gülistan.
"The two places of worship have different architecture and different entrances; neither of them harms the other," he said.
While the mosque is open to services, the church, which is frequently visited by domestic and foreign tourists, is currently closed, Gülistan said. "The church is mostly visited by Armenians.
“The tourists are stunned to see a mosque on top of a church," he said. "They like the way two different religions' places of worship stand together. But the church has been neglected for so long and it needs urgent restoration."
The renovation of the church would help the village attract more tourists, Gülistan added.
Anatolia News Agency
Posted: 26 May 2010 12:54 AM PDT
RAMALLAH, May 26: Israeli occupation authorities began excavation works near Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, according to Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage.
The foundation said in a press statement that the “new excavations are concentrated in the site of Birkat Al-Sultan (Al-Sultan’s Pool," adjacent to the western wall of the Jerusalem’s Old City). The pool was a source of water supply to Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City, the foundation said.
It added that the “Israeli authorities sized control of the Islamic and historic site since the 1948 war and destroyed parts of it.” According to the foundation, the Israeli authorities turned parts of the site into a national park.
The foundation warned of the risks and consequences of these excavations and tunnels on the foundations of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
It added that the new excavations are part of Israeli efforts “to find any proof of the alleged Second Temple under Al-Aqsa Mosque and to Judaize Jerusalem.” and.”
The foundation said that the Israeli authorities “failed since it started its excavations to prove Jewish presence in the holy city or that the Temple ever existed.” The foundation stressed that the “new excavations in the Old City are provocations for Muslims.”
It urged Arab and Islamic states to take action to stop it.
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