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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Keputusan tenis Terbuka Washington


WASHINGTON: Keputusan perlawanan hari kedua kejohanan tenis Terbuka Washington:

Lelaki, pusingan pertama: Sam Querrey (AS) mn Michael Russell (AS) 6-4, 6-3; Steve Johnson (AS) mn James Duckworth (AUS) 6-3, 7-6 (7/4); Dudi Sela (ISR) mn Samuel Groth (AUS) 7-6 (7/3), 3-6, 6-4.

Wanita, pusingan pertama: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) mn Lucie Safarova (CZE x1) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ekaterina Makarova (RUS x2) mn Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-1, 6-1; Marina Erakovic (NZL) mn Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x5) mn Virginie Razzano (FRA) 6-2, 6-2.

Sibu dan Sri Aman catat IPU tidak sihat setakat jam 7 pagi


KUALA LUMPUR: Dua kawasan mencatatkan bacaan Indeks Pencemaran Udara (IPU) tidak sihat pada jam 7 pagi tadi.

Menurut portal Jabatan Alam Sekitar, kawasan yang terbabit ialah di Sarawak, iaitu Sibu yang mencatat bacaan IPU 127 dan Sri Aman dengan bacaan 102.

Sembilan belas lagi kawasan mencatat bacaan IPU sederhana termasuk Nilai (52), Tanjung Malim (55), Pelabuhan Klang (87) dan Petaling Jaya (73).

Bacaan IPU antara 0 dan 50 dikategori sebagai baik, 51 hingga 100 (sederhana), 101 hingga 200 (tidak sihat), 201 hingga 300 (sangat tidak sihat) dan 300 ke atas (berbahaya).

Orang ramai boleh merujuk portal http://www.doe.gov.my untuk mengetahui bacaan IPU semasa di kawasan masing-masing. - BERNAMA

Kanak-kanak dua tahun maut terkena bola mercun di Simpang Renggam


SIMPANG RENGGAM: Seorang kanak-kanak berusia dua tahun maut akibat terkena bola mercun dalam kejadian di Kampung Ithnin Maarof di sini, kelmarin.

Mangsa, Mohd Hafi Rayan Abdul Rahman dipercayai maut selepas mengalami kecederaan di dada, tangan kiri dan muka.

Mercun bola itu dipercayai dibaling oleh individu yang belum dikenalpasti dalam kejadian kira-kira jam 12.45 tengah hari itu.

Mangsa meninggal dunia ketika mendapatkan rawatan di Hospital Kluang.

Keutamaan Australia ialah dapatkan akses ke tapak nahas MH17 - Abbott


SYDNEY: Keutamaan Australia ketika ini ialah mendapatkan akses ke tapak nahas pesawat MH17 di Ukraine, bukannya mengenakan sekatan ke atas Russia, kata Perdana Menteri, Tony Abbott hari ini.

Amerika Syarikat (AS) dan Eropah mengumumkan sekatan terbaharu dengan menyasarkan sektor kewangan Russia, senjatapi dan tenaga sebagai tindakan terhadap campur tangan Moscow dalam krisis Ukraine.

Bagaimanapun Australia berkata, ia sudah mengenakan beberapa sekatan seperti larangan melancong dan sektor kewangan sebagai tindak balas kepada ancaman Russia yang mencabul kedaulatan dan menceroboh wilayah Ukraine pada Mac lalu.

"Saya tidak katakan kami tidak akan, mungkin pada masa akan datang, mungkin lebih. Tapi buat masa ini kami tidak akan, tumpuan kami ialah membawa pulang mayat warga kami secepat yang boleh," katanya. - AFP

Aliran trafik lancar pagi ini


KUALA LUMPUR: Aliran trafik di beberapa lebuh raya utama di semenanjung dilapor lancar setakat jam 9 pagi ini.

Jurucakap Pusat Kawalan Trafik PLUS Expressway berkata trafik menuju ke selatan dari plaza tol Sungai Besi dilapor bergerak lancar.

"Satu kemalangan berlaku di KM 94.9 dari Sungai Petani ke Gurun namun trafik tetap lancar," katanya ketika dihubungi Bernama di sini hari ini.

Sementara itu, jurucakap Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia (LLM) berkata, aliran trafik di Lebuhraya Kesas dan Lebuhraya Pantai Baharu (NPE) juga lancar setakat 9 pagi ini.

Twitter LLM melaporkan satu kemalangan berlaku di KM 42.8 dari Sedenak ke Simpang Renggam namun aliran trafik lancar selepas insiden itu diselesaikan.
Maklumat terkini trafik boleh didapati menerusi talian bebas tol PLUSline 1800-88-0000 atau laman sesawang www.twitter.com/plustrafik. - BERNAMA

Green Tech unjur permintaan untuk pembiayaan hijau RM70 bilion menjelang 2030


KUALA LUMPUR: Permintaan pembiayaan untuk teknologi hijau dijangkakan meningkat kepada RM70 bilion antara 2015 dan 2030 berdasarkan potensi besar sektor itu yang belum diteroka.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech) Ahmad

Hadri Haris berkata pembiayaan memain peranan penting dalam menggalakkan pertumbuhan teknologi hijau, dan Malaysia diperakui sebagai negara yang mempunyai pembiayaan hijau yang sudah kukuh. "Pembiayaan hijau Malaysia sangat unik. Negara seperti United Kingdom, Amerika Syarikat, Jepun dan Australia mempunyai bank pembiayaan khusus untuk projek hijau, namun kami bekerja bersama bank-bank sedia ada untuk menggerakkan skim pembiayaan teknologi hijau (GTFS),” katanya kepada Bernama.

Beliau berkata setakat Jun, 23 bank menyertai GTFS, termasuk Malaysian Debt Ventures Bhd (MDV), dengan sejumlah RM1.95 bilion diagihkan untuk 141 projek yang mewujudkan 2,014 pekerjaan, selain mengurangkan pelepasan karbon (CO2) sebanyak 2.29 juta tan setahun.

GTFS dimulakan pada 2010 untuk tempoh lima tahun dan menyasarkan pengeluar dan pengguna teknologi hijau, dengan kerajaan memperuntukkan pembiayaan sebanyak RM3.5 bilion.

Skim itu yang menawarkan rebat dua peratus setahun ke atas kadar faedah yang dikenakan oleh institusi kewangan, turut disertakan jamin pembiayaan kerajaan sehingga 60 peratus.
Greentech berperanan sebagai pemudah cara bagi menilai projek dan membantu penyelarasan antara pemohon dan institusi kewangan.

Apabila GTFS berakhir pada Disember tahun depan, Ahmad Hadri berkata beliau berminat terhadap trend global yang diilhamkan oleh United Kingdom untuk menubuhkan bank pelaburan khusus bagi memanfaatkan nilai teknologi hijau.

Beliau berkata agensi pelaburan khusus yang mengetahui dan menghargai teknologi hijau akan berminat untuk mengkaji projek-projek berdaya maju yang boleh mewujudkan lebih banyak peluang untuk merealisasikan matlamat menjadikan Malaysia sebagai hab teknologi hijau.

"Selain itu, ada banyak peluang besar untuk membiayai projek hijau di Asia berdasarkan potensi pembiayaan yang ada di negara seperti Indonesia, Vietnam dan India," katanya.

Beliau berkata dalam Rancangan Malaysia ke-11, GreenTech terlibat terus dengan MDV untuk menyediakan pembiayaan bagi teknologi hijau. - BERNAMA

Kejayaan Hafifi bakal beri contoh kepada golongan muda - Ahmad Razif


KUALA TERENGGANU: Menteri Besar Terengganu Datuk Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman hari ini melahirkan perasaan bangga atas kemenangan Mohd Hafifi Mansor, atlet angkat berat negara yang menyumbangkan pingat emas pertama negara.

Dalam satu kenyataan hari ini, Ahmad Razif berkata kejayaan Mohd Hafifi di Sukan Komanwel 2014 di Glasgow, Scotland bakal menjadi contoh kepada golongan muda untuk terus maju dalam arena sukan.

"Saya juga berasa bangga kerana beliau berasal dari Seberang Takir dan saya juga merupakan Anggota Dewan Undangan Seberang Takir," katanya. - BERNAMA

Sekurang-kurangnya 24 orang mati dalam rempuhan konsert di Guinea


CONAKRY: Sekurang-kurangnya 24 orang mati dalam rempuhan ketika konsert di tepi pantai bagi meraikan berakhirnya Ramadan di ibu negara Guinea.

Presiden Guinea kemudiannya mengisytiharkan berkabung selama seminggu selepas kejadian yang dianggap "penuh tragik".

Kenyataan pejabat Presiden berkata, insiden berlaku di pantai Ratoma, Conakry.

Menurut kenyataan itu, sebahagian mangsa mati dan ada yang mengalami kecederaan.

Angka kematian sebenar tidak dinyatakan. - Reuters

Pahit manis raya bintang Sembilu


Pahit manis raya bintang Sembilu Awie, Erra dan Ziana kongsi isi hati pada musim perayaan

Masih basah dalam ingatan nostalgia dua dekad lalu sewaktu ketiga-tiganya disatukan dalam filem pecah panggung, Sembilu.

Selepas 20 tahun, pada Mac lalu, Awie, Erra Fazira dan Ziana Zain sekali lagi disatukan di atas pentas berprestij Panggung Sari, Istana Budaya, menerusi konsert teaterikal Suara Kita.

Sempena Syawal yang mulia ini, HIP menyatukan tiga bintang popular ini sambil mendasari hati masing-masing berdasarkan peristiwa pahit dan manis dilalui sebelum ini.

Untuk berita penuh dapatkan naskhah BH hari ini

Dishonourable of Khalid to cling on to MB post, say DAP leaders


Senior DAP leaders have voiced their concerns over Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim’s insistence on remaining in his post as Selangor menteri besar, saying it is inappropriate for him to stay on when he has lost the support of his own party, PKR, and its partners in Pakatan Rakyat.

The DAP leaders, who requested anonymity because they were not authorised to speak about this issue, said they were tired of Khalid's "authoritarian" leadership and his insistence on serving out his term in office, especially having known since March that he would be replaced.

"It is dishonourable of him to insist on staying despite losing the confidence of his party and the majority of the Pakatan pact," said a DAP leader with knowledge of Khalid's way of doing things.

Khalid, a former corporate captain, became MB six years ago when PKR and its allies scored a shock win over Barisan Nasional (BN) in the 2008 general election.

The DAP leader said the two-term MB's idiosyncrasies became obvious after his first term.

Efforts were made after last year’s general election to bring to Khalid's attention as well as secure his agreement on outstanding issues that needed to be resolved or improved in Malaysia's richest state, but Khalid blithely went about his own way, the leader said.

"Instead of things getting better, they became worse," said the leader.

"He is not a man of his word."

Another DAP leader said Khalid's insistence on staying despite broad opinions that he has to go was tantamount to disrespecting the views of his party.

It is also reflective of Khalid's leadership style of not taking into account the opinion of other Pakatan assemblymen as well as those from his party and from DAP and PAS.

"It is this kind of authoritarian style that makes us tired of him," said the leader.

Collectively, Pakatan’s three component parties control the majority in Selangor’s 56-seat assembly with 44 seats ? 15 each for DAP and PAS, and 14 for PKR.

Despite this, the leader said there was hardly any power-sharing among the three parties as Khalid preferred to do things unilaterally.

"A lot of times, we asked him to resolve certain issues but he refused to listen to us. How do you expect things to move?

"It all depends on his choices and preferences. That is why so many things are not moving in Selangor.

“How can one man resolve everything?"

Khalid’s dare to his allies to table a no-confidence vote against him with the real possibility of triggering a snap election in the state, showed his "real face" in wanting to hang on to power, said the leader.

"He is treating the MB’s position as his own. He has forgotten that it is the consensus of the three parties that agreed to his nomination as MB."

The leader added that they had tried to keep a lid on things and not criticise him openly until recent developments in the state showed that it was untenable for Khalid to remain.

These include his handling of issues, such as water rationing, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department's seizure of Malay and Iban Bibles as well as Khalid's push for the Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex), which had upset some Pakatan leaders as it went against the pact's election manifesto to abolish tolled highways.

PKR has endorsed Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as potential MB candidate, completing its "Kajang move". This was agreed by top leaders in Pakatan's leadership council meeting last week.

However, the situation went into a tailspin when PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang openly supported Khalid remaining as menteri besar until the end of his term, a stand contrary to that of his party colleagues who attended the Pakatan meeting.

Hadi’s endorsement of Khalid, which was followed by his deputy president Mohamad Sabu's reply that Hadi was merely expressing his "personal view", might split the Ismalist party.

Influential PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat also backed Hadi's support for Khalid.

The latest development caused PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail to issue a statement that the party would stick to PR's decision that Khalid had to go and Dr Wan Azizah was the top choice for the post. – July 29, 2014.

Singapura akan sesuaikan kadar tol Malaysia di tambak, kata LTA


Dr Mohd Zuhdi Marzuki today defended his controversial WhatsApp messages, in which he had discussed possible scenarios if the party was to leave Pakatan Rakyat, saying he was asked by others in the group to analyse the situation in Selangor. The PAS research centre operations director said the screenshot of his analysis on the WhatsApp group,... …

Long, arduous scrutiny required to identify MH17 victims, says expert


Arduous scrutiny and more time. These are imperative for the forensic specialists handling the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) process to profile fragments of human body parts belonging to victims of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17.

Malaysia's DVI team chief Dr Mohd Shah Mahmud said it was a challenge for the 21 team members to meticulously decipher the identity of each victim at a Dutch military facility in Hilversum.

In one case, the team had to examine a human jaw which entailed a process lasting several hours, he told Malaysian reporters in an interview in the Dutch city of Utrecht last night.

MAS flight MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it went down in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine near the Russian border on July 17.

The Boeing 777 aircraft which was carrying 298 people – 283 passengers and 15 crew – was believed to have been shot down. However, until today, no one has claimed responsibility for the heinous act.

Dr Mohd Shah, who is Kuala Lumpur Hospital consultant pathologist, said at the military facility, there were two major groups. They are a DVI group comprising more than 200 personnel, including the Malaysian team, and another involving a crime investigation group.

He said the remains would be examined by the crime investigation group first to look for evidence of missile residue such as shrapnel, with the aid of X-Ray.

"The remains could be a whole body or body parts, contained in a coffin, and they would check it up, one by one," he said.

Later, the body would be brought to the DVI group for examination and there were three main identification processes which the group had to perform.

"The processes are fingerprinting, dental identification or odontology and DNA recording, where we would cut a fragment of bone for the test. We also have to photograph the remains as part of our report," he said, adding the procedures were according to the DVI international standard.

He said there were other international teams involved, including Holland, as the leading team, and those from Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand.

Another team member from the Malaysia Armed Forces Medical team, Brig-Gen Datuk Dr Mohd Ilham Haron said each set of remains or human fragments was considered as a case and would be tagged as a number.

To speed up the process, the 200 team members were divided into five groups so that each would examine a case, he said.

"The bodies or human fragments will not be dissected for autopsy... we just examine them as they are. The number of coffins does not correlate with the number of individual," he added.

He said the group was also given the medical history, odontology reports and DNA data of the MH17 passengers for perusal and for comparison with the remains, under a process called ante-mortem.

Dr Mohd Ilham said the team would also examine the pattern of injuries from the remains as it was believed the aircraft was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

He said the team was looking for signs of injury or laceration, broken bones and burns caused by explosives, among others.

He said there would also be personnel deployed to audit the findings in ensuring nothing was overlooked or missed out by the DVI team.

Dr Mohd Ilham said once the auditing was completed, a report on their findings would be handed over to a central task force, including Interpol – based in the Hague – for further verification of the victims' identification, including DNA result.

He said DVI team worked from 8am to 7pm before they rested at a military quarters in the facility compound. – July 28, 2014.

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