Posted by: Mofie Augustine | December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhuto Killed!

The first female Prime Minister in the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack today in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Bhutto was attending to a election rally there when the tragedy happens. Wasif Ali Khan a member of Pakistan’s Peoples Party (PPP) said Bhutto died at 18.16 (13.16GMT) in Rawalpindi General Hospital. According to BBC news today at least 15 was also killed in the incident.

Democracy in Pakistan seems to be more in vain as how things happened now. By the way will the coming elections on January will still go on despite this tragedy. Is it a conspiracy? It seems that in the event of her assassination there was a bomb blasted nearby and Bhutto was killed by a gunshot on her head in news at Reuters today. Hmm.. it seems like the bomb blasted just to divert the attention and the killer seems to just shot Bhutto direct at her head. Any takers?

ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | December 24, 2007

Thaksin Shinawatra comeback?

Maybe! The ousted Prime Minister of Thailand will soon be back to his country after his long exile in London. It is likely now that Samak Sundaravej the leader of The People’s Power Party being the new P.M of Thailand after his party won 228 seats in the country’s General Election today. The P.P.P has been widely told as the proxy for Thaksin Shinawatra and Samak had publicly announced before that he will bring back Thaksin if his party won the G.E in his election campaign.

But still Samak is short of 13 seats for the 241 requirement to form a government. Who will join P.P.P to form a government? The only serious contender to dash the dreams of Samak and Thaksin will be Abhisit Vejjajiva, the fresh-faced, Oxford-educated leader of the Democrat party. Abhisit himself still have the chance to be the next P.M of Thailand .. If all the other parties willing to form a coalition with the Democratic Party. I’ll wait and see!

Bernama news latest on the election’s outcome quoted below.


December 24, 2007 01:03 AM

PPP Sweeps 228 Seats

By D. Arul Rajoo

BANGKOK, Dec 23 (Bernama) — The People’s Power Party (PPP), the proxy party of ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, emerged with the highest number of seats in Thailand’s general election today, handing a severe blow to the military which 15 months ago staged the country’s 18th coup in 75 years.

The party won a total of 228 seats, comprising 194 constituencies and 34 party-list seats, which, however, fell short of the 241 required to form a new government on its own. It is now seeking out other parties to join it in forming a coalition government.

The Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) chairman Apichart Sukhagganond said the country’s oldest party, the Democrats, won 133 constituency and 33 party-list seats for its best-ever showing of 166 seats.

Thai Chat 10, Chart Thai, which is likely to decide which party forms the next government, won a total of 39 seats, followed by the military-linked Puea Paendin with 26, Ruam JaiMatchima seven and Pracharaj Party four out of the 480 seats at stake.

Apichart said the results were based on the 93.11 percent of votes counted as at 10.15pm but assured that the outcome (of the election) would not be affected once all ballots are counted.

He said that a total of 29.34 million voters, or 59.9 percent of the over 45 million eligible voters turned-up for the election, which was called by the military-installed government with the aim of restoring democracy, as well as keeping Thaksin out of power.

Asked why the voter-turnout was lower than the government’s target of 70 percent, he said it could be due to people being tired of intense politicking in the country, which has seen four elections in a space of seven years.

The PPP was formed by Thaksin supporters after his Thai Rak Thai party was dissolved by the court in May and all its 111 executives banned from politics for five years.

Thaksin, who is facing numerous corruption and power abuse charges, monitored the election from Hong Kong.

Former deputy prime minister and Bangkok Governor, Samak Sundaravej said that the PPP was willing to work with other parties to form a coalition government, an offer rejected by Democrat leader Abhisit Vejjajiva who could become the prime minister himself if all the other parties abandon the PPP and join his coalition.

The PPP has already warned of attempts by some influential people and the military to stop them from forming the government and is wary of the investigations to be conducted by the ECT on over 170 cases of poll irregularities.

Under Thai election law, ECT has 30 days to scrutinise all candidates before announcing the official results.

— BERNAMA

ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | December 9, 2007

Kudos : Ang Lee’s film sweeps Taiwan ‘Oscars’!

Ang Lee did it again! This time in the Golden Horse awards in Taiwan with his film Caution. This movie is a war drama set in Japanese occupied Shanghai during World War 2 which narrates the fortunes of young woman (played by actress Tang Wei who also won a newcomer award)
embroiled in a plot to seduce an enemy collaborator.

Ang Lee won himself the Best director award and his film Caution won the the Best picture award. The hero of the film Tony Leung Chiu-wai won the Best Actor award too! The golden Horse Awards which is a annual affair here in Taiwan is also dubbed as the Chinese Language equivalent of the Academy Awards. The picture beside from BBC News shows Ang Lee with his two awards and actress Tang Wei with her award.

It is also worthwhile to mention here that Ang Lee is also the famous Taiwanese Oscar winner for the controversial film Brokeback Mountain (one of my favorite too!) which told us about the unorthodox complexity of a romantic and sexual relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983. Ang’s other films includes Hulk and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

Kudos to you again Ang Lee!!

ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | December 3, 2007

LIMA 2007 : Three paratroopers dead in airshow accident

News related to LIMA 2007 from Malaysiakini

Three paratroopers drowned and five were injured during a training exercise for an airshow on the resort island of Langkawi on Sunday, the air force said.

The victims were among 138 paratroopers practising a mock “seizure” of Langkawi’s airport planned for the airshow’s opening ceremony on Tuesday, when strong winds blew them off course and out to sea.

“Due to the uncertainty of the wind some of the jumpers were out of range from the proposed landing point so the search and rescue team was activated,” said Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) spokesman Zulkiflee Abdul Latiff.

“All were rescued except the three who died and the five injured,” he told AFP, adding that they had been supposed to land on the airfield.

The state news agency Bernama said the bodies were taken to Langkawi hospital which was guarded by military personnel.

The Langkawi International Maritime and Airspace (LIMA) 2007 will still go on as per scheduled from 4th to 8th of December 2007 despite the tragedy said the organizers.

ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | December 2, 2007

Les Bleus Vs The Azzuri : Euro 2008

Group of Death

Former champions Italy, France and Holland were drawn together with Romania the dark horse in the Group C of coming Euro 2008 will be held from 7th to 29th June in Austria and Switzerland. France and Italy were also both finalist for the Euro 2000 and World Cup 2006, France won the Euro 2000 and Italy is the reigning World Champions by beating France in a penalty shoot out in Germany last year.

The Rest of the Draw

This 13th edition of European Championship will kick off in Basel on June the 7th between Switzerland and Czech Republic in Group A which also consist Portugal and Turkey. In my opinion the Portuguese and Czech Republic should came out easily from this group to go to the last eight of the tournament. Greece the surprise winner of last edition Euro 2002 in drawn in Group D with Sweden, Spain and Russia. Spain and Sweden looks promising from here. In Group B there is the mighty Germans (3 times champions) with Austria the debutant, Poland and Croatia who dashed the English hopes in the qualifying round.

The Gala

The draw was held in Culture and Convention Centre in Lucerne earlier this evening. Being conducted by Swiss actress Melanie Winiger and Austrian television presenter Rainer Pariasek. The duo were joined on stage by representatives of the teams that have lifted the trophy previously: Valentin Ivanov (USSR, 1960), Luis Suárez (Spain, 1964), Dino Zoff (Italy, 1968), Franz Beckenbauer (West Germany, 1972), Anton Ondrus (Czechoslovakia, 1976), Bernard Dietz (West Germany, 1980), Michel Platini (France, 1984), Marco van Basten (Netherlands, 1988), Peter Schmeichel (Denmark, 1992), Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany, 1996), Didier Deschamps (France, 2000), and Theodoros Zagorakis (Greece, 2004). Eight of those players participated in making the draw together with UEFA’s Gianni Infantino.

For more details surf Euro.com

ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | November 25, 2007

Wong Mew Choo… Chooo Cweet!

Nothing is Impossible! In Tianhe Gymnasium, Guangzhou, China today behind the partisan Chinese crowd backed by the Great Wall of China, the Numero Uno lady singles player of our nation defeated Xie Xingfang of China to win herself the first Super Series Crown. Congrats to you Mew Choo. You made us proud!

Mew Choo beats Xingfang who is also the world number one seeded player in dramatic rubber set games of 21-16, 8-21 and 21-17. It is also worth to mention here that Mew Choo defeated 4 top seeded Chinese players in this tournament all the way to Final. Yesterday, she stunned my favorite player Zhang Ning the 2004 Olympic Champion in the Semis to book a place in the finals today.

Ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | November 22, 2007

Batu Putih….. so close Yet so Far………and Away?

Singapore’s Photo

Our Photo
picture source: Jeff Ooi

Read the full details on Jeff’s site. Like this also can happen ah? Is this how we fight a case in International Court of Justice . You can see the difference of both photo’s background hill part of the pictures. The Malaysian photo have a slightly high visibility of the Mount Berbukit compared to Singapore. (Well not slightly high is it? Extra high maa..) Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Professor S. Jayakumar and Singapore’s Attorney-General Chao Hick Tin managed to pecah tembelang of Malaysia in their in final arguments of the case. By the way I’m also wondering as Rocky, what is our Deputy Prime Minister doing here in the midst all this thing? Flabbergasted?? Me too!

Funniest part is that, our country being so opposed and against all those blogger, then how on earth use a picture from a blog with no proper identification and better still only created a month ago to present a case in International Court of Justice. Lol! Further claims that the picture was from a independent source! Maybe chili sauce la..

This is Malaysia Bolehland, today I’m here blogging and who knows tomorrow I may be in Nowhere land too!

ciao..

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | November 21, 2007

Manusia Pokok – Tree Man (kejadian pelik….)

Weirdo Stuff…. Forwarded email by a friend. Nothing much I can comment and I’m not sure whether correct or fake one. I just feel spooky man.. real Spooky!

Read on below…..

An Indonesian fisherman who feared that he would be killed by tree-like
growths covering his body has been given hope of recovery by an
American doctor – and Vitamin A.

Dede, now 35, baffled medical experts when warty “roots” began growing
out of his arms and feet after he cut his knee in a teenage accident.

(See attached file: w3.jpg)


Dr Anthony Gaspari believes that he has diagnosed Dede’s rare
condition
The welts spread across his body unchecked and soon
he was left unable
to carry out everyday household tasks.


Sacked from his job and
deserted by his wife, Dede has been raising hi
two children – now in their late teens – in poverty, resigned to the
fact that local doctors had no cure for his condition.

To make ends meet he even joined a local “freak show”, parading in
front of a paying audience alongside victims of other peculiar diseases.

Although supported by his extended family, he was ofte
n a target of
abuse and ridicule in his rural fishing village.

But now an American dermatology expert who flew out to Dede’s home
village south of the capital
Jakarta claims to have identified his condition,
and proposed a treatment that could transform his life.

(See attached file: w2.jpg)


After testing samples of the lesions and Dede’s blood, Dr Anthony
Gaspari of the University of Maryland concluded that his
affliction is caused
by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a fairly common
infection that usually
causes small warts to develop
on sufferers.

Dede’s problem is that he has a rare genetic fault that impedes his
immune system, meaning his body is unable to contain the warts.


The virus was therefore able to “hijack the cellular machinery
of his
skin cells”, ordering them to produce massive amounts of
the substance that
caused the tree-like growths known as “cutaneous horns”
on his hands
and feet.

Dede’s counts of a key type of white blood cell are so low that Dr
Gaspari initially suspected he may have the Aids virus.


But tests showed he did not,
and it became clear that Dede’s immune
condition was something far
rarer and more mysterious.

Warts aside, he had enjoyed remarkable good health throughout his life
- which would not be expected of someone with a suppressed immune system
- and neither his parents nor his siblings have shown signs of developing
lesions.


“The likelihood of having his deficiency is less than one in a

million,” Dr Gaspari told the Telegraph.

(See attached file: w1.jpg)

Dede with his teenage daughter. He fears that his two children
may also become infected

Dr Gaspari, who became involved in the case through a Discovery Channel
documentary, believes that Dede’s condition can be largely cleared up
by a daily doses of a synthetic form of Vitamin A, which has been shown to
arrest the growth of warts in severe cases of HPV.

“He won’t have a perfectly normal body but the warts should reduce in
size to the point where he could use his hands,” Dr Gaspari said.

“Over the course of three to six months the warts should be come
smaller and fewer in number. He will be living a more normal life.”

The most resilient warts could then be frozen off and the growths on
his hands and feet surgically removed.

Dr Gaspari hopes to get the necessary drugs free of charge from
pharmaceutical firms. They would then be administered by Indonesian
doctors under his supervision.

Still intrigued by the origins of Dede’s peculiar immune condition, the
doctor would like to fly him to the United States for further
examination, but fears the financial and bureaucratic barriers would prove too
difficult to overcome.

“I would like to bring him to the US to run tests on where his immune
condition has come from, but I would need funding and to get him a visa
as well as someone to cover the costs of the tests,” he said.

“I’ve never seen anything like this in my entire career.”

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | November 8, 2007

Deepavali Valthukal!

yes! Happy Deepavali to all Indian’s. So many myths and legacy about this festival which is also known as the festival of lights. People of Ayodhya welcome back Sri Rama from exile after 14 years in forest by lighting up lamps (deepa = lights ,wali = path) marks the festival for the last six days in the month of Aswayuja (amantha) or no moon month according to the Hindu calendar.

This festival is also remembered as the day when the great Rama wins over demonic Ravana or Lord Krishna’s famous victory over Narakasura. King Mahabali ‘s obedience towards Vishnu to rule the nether-world before the era of Rama also closely associated with this festival. This refers to Onam better I suppose.

Anyhow back to the real thing, Deepavali for me symbolically represents the victory of good over evil and the upliftment of our inner or spiritual darkness. As the story Ramayana tells, people of Ayodhaya celebrates the homecoming of Rama (goodwill and faith) by lighting up lamps after a long absence (Ramayana’s exile in forest for 14 years) .

So to all my fellow Indians, Deepavali is not just about new clothes, food, gold or ornaments, and new business only but Deepavali is also about the awakening of our spirit and being illuminated by divine grace. On this Deepavali day, my wish to all of you… Light up the Jyoti of your soul!

Ciao!

Posted by: Mofie Augustine | November 1, 2007

This is wild!!!!!!!

(From a forwarded email)

If your brain works normally this is neat.

This is another example of an amazing illusion!!! The last sentence is so
true. If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, the dots
will remain only one color, pink.

However if you stare at the black ” +” in the center, the moving dot turns
to green.Now, concentrate on the black ” + ” in the centare of the picture.
After a short period, all the pink dots will slowly disappear, and you will
only see only a single green dot rotating. It’s amazing how our brain
works. There really is no green dot , and the pink ones really don’t
disappear. This should be proof enough, we don’t always see what we think
we see.

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