Winners of the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

31 12 2016
A fox smashes into a snowdrift trying to catch its breakfast. (Angela Bohlke/Barcroft Media)

A fox smashes into a snowdrift trying to catch its breakfast. (Angela Bohlke/Barcroft Media) This is the overall winner of the Comedy Photo Award 2016.

The Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016 featured over 2,200 hilarious entries from around the world.

The awards ceremony took place at the Underdog Gallery in London on November 9, 2016, with winners collecting trophies in five separate categories and an additional 10 highly commended photographers each receiving a certificate.

Angela Bohlke entry, ‘A Tough Day At The Office’ was named as the overall winner of the  Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards 2016.

Below are some of the award winning photos:

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Russian Ambassador To Turkey Shot Dead In Ankara (Video)

20 12 2016
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Ambassador Andrey Karlov spoke at the gallery before being shot. Mr. Karlov had been in Ankara as Russia’s ambassador since July 2013. The gallery was at a modern-art center close to Turkish parliament. Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press

The Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrey Karlov was shot dead in the back at an Ankara art gallery on Monday.

The incident happened as the ambassador was giving a speech at a Russian photography exhibition which was caught on camera.

The Australian reported that:

Images showed Altintas smartly dressed in a suit, tie and white shirt pull out a gun and fire at ambassador Andre Karlov from behind as the envoy opened a Russian photography exhibition in Ankara. – The Australian

The gunman who was identified as Mevlut Mert Altintas is a 22-year-old off-duty Turkish police officer. 

Reports wrote that he was later killed by the police.

The Australian wrote, “Reports said that his mother, father and sister were immediately detained for questioning in their homes in western Turkey.”

The authorities are still investigating the incident, while at the same time, lots of speculations have been made regarding who is behind the attack.

The video of the assassination can be found here: 

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/russian-ambassador-to-turkey-andrey-karlov-shot-dead-in-ankara-gallery/news-story/af5ee5469248bc0004c6f8386af946af





G25: “Some Ulama Consider Khalwat Raids Un-Islamic”

20 12 2016

In its article, “Khalwat Raids Make Malaysia Tougher Than Saudi Arabia”, Free Malaysia Today (FMT) wrote:

The way Malaysian religious authorities are policing khalwat (close proximity) is beyond anything in Saudi Arabia or other Gulf States today, warns a leading NGO. – FMT

FMT was reporting on comments made by G25 adviser Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Kassim, “in response to the recent death and injuries of two policemen who jumped from buildings to escape raids by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).”

Birds of a feather flock together, like the G25’s spokesperson Dato Noor Farida Ariffin, Tan Sri Mohd Sheriff Kassim is also against khalwat raids.

Below are my answers (in blue) to FMT’s article (in red) regarding this issue.

G25 adviser Mohd Sheriff Kassim points out that even Saudi Arabia, the country which is home to Islam’s holiest site, has issued stern guidelines to limit the powers of the moral police to harass and arrest Muslims.

“The instruction is that the moral police should not take the law into their own hands and instead, it should advise those committing offences under the morality laws to change and repent,” he said In a statement today.

I cannot comment on the laws of Saudi Arabia because

  1. I have not studied the laws of the country
  2. I respect and do not want to interfere with the laws of the land.

But even if it is true that they do not implement such laws, as a sovereign country, we have our own constitutional rights to implement our own laws.

Anyway, if G25 adviser thinks that Saudi Arabia is doing a better job in dealing with Syariah offences, then G25 must fight for our country to follow the laws of Saudi Arabia, which means implementing the Hudud laws in our country.

His comments were in response to the recent death and injuries of two policemen who jumped from buildings to escape raids by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).

As policemen, they must know the laws and their rights, so if they chose to jump from the building in order to escape, the fault is theirs and it is not JAIS’ fault.

Would G25 blame the police if a burglar chose to jump from a building in order to avoid being arrested by the policemen who are carrying their duties? 

Just two months ago, Jais introduced a mobile phone app, called “Hotline Jais”, for people to report religious offences, including khalwat.

It is a good move by JAIS to use updated technology so that it is easier for the public to report religious offences in order for us to take care of our Muslim community.

Sheriff added that Malays who visited or lived in Arab states have not come across any country where so-called moral police raid private homes.

If we must follow the laws of Saudi Arabia, we must change our Federal Constitution and implement the Hudud laws.

He also pointed out that some ulama consider khalwat raids un-Islamic as it gave the impression that the religion used only punishment to uphold morals.

Khalwat raid is one of the ways to prevent the religious offence of khalwat and the Islamic authorities have their Standard Operating Procedure that must be followed by their enforcement officers when conducting the raids, so only the liberals would declare that our khalwat raids un-Islamic; not the ulama of Ahli As-Sunnah Wa Al-Jamaah.

Khalwat raids also tended to target the lower-income group as the “rich and powerful” had more resources to “get away with bigger sins”. Sheriff noted that khalwat laws could be easily exploited by a person’s enemies to “settle a score”.

G25 adviser has made a very serious allegation which I hope he has the proves to support it, and it is the duty of G25 to make police reports as soon as possible regarding this matter.

“Our authorities should learn from the failed experience of dictatorial regimes which criminalised personal thoughts and behaviour to discourage individualism and promote mass obedience to the state ideology,” he said.

What does khalwat raid have to do with “dictatorial regimes which criminalised personal thoughts and behaviour to discourage individualism and promote mass obedience to the state ideology”?

Islamic matters are not political matters and it is stated clearly in our Federal Constitution that the YDP Agong and the Royal Rulers are the Head of Islam, so the above statement is a malicious distortion of the truth and a humiliation to the Royal Rulers.

Article 3(2) of the Federal Constitution:

In every State other than States not having a Ruler the position of the Ruler as the Head of the religion of Islam in his State in the manner and to the extent acknowledged and declared by the Constitution of that State, and, subject to that Constitution, all rights, privileges, prerogatives and powers enjoyed by him as Head of that religion, are unaffected and unimpaired; but in any acts, observances or ceremonies with respect to which the Conference of Rulers has agreed that they should extend to the Federation as a whole each of the other Rulers shall in his capacity of Head of the religion of Islam authorize the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to represent him.

Article 3(3) of the Federal Constitution:

The Constitution of the States of Malacca, Penang, Sabah and Sarawak shall each make provision for conferring on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong the position of Head of the religion of Islam in that State.

Since G25 wants us to follow Saudi Arabia, G25 members must start fighting for our country to implement Hudud.

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Jadual Gangguan Air KL, K. Langat, Gombak, Klang/Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Dan Hulu Selangor

19 12 2016

Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) announces that there will be a water disruption in Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat, Gombak, Klang/Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Selangor and Hulu Selangor.

The disruption will last from the 19th of December to the 20th of December for Klang/Shah Alam, Petaling, Kuala Selangor, and Hulu Selangor; and from the 19th of December to the 24th of December for Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Langat, and Gombak.

Photo taken from SYABAS' website.

Photo taken from SYABAS’ website.

Please click here for more information.





National Geographic’s Best Images of 2016

18 12 2016
The city lights of Taipei burn in multicolour after dark. (Dina Litovsky/National Geographic)

The city lights of Taipei burn in multicolour after dark. (Dina Litovsky/National Geographic)

National Geographic Magazine has selected its most striking and evocative photos from 2016.

From raging storms to glowing cityscapes, the photographs are some of the finest published by the magazine in the last 12 months.

Here are 10 of the very best images, selected from this year’s archive of 2,290,225 photographs taken by 91 photographers for 107 stories.

Please click the photos or larger images:





Banjir Kilat Di Kuala Lumpur, Dis. 17 (Gambar)

17 12 2016
KUALA LUMPUR 17 DECEMBER 2016. Hujan lebat menyebabkan banjir kilat di Jalan Bangsar. NSTP/SAIRIEN NAFIS

KUALA LUMPUR 17 DECEMBER 2016. Hujan lebat menyebabkan banjir kilat di Jalan Bangsar. NSTP/SAIRIEN NAFIS

Heavy rain in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon had caused flash floods in many areas across the city including major highways.

NST reported that among the worst hit areas are Jalan Bangsar, particularly near the LRT station and its vicinity.

Jalan Telawi, Jalan Maarof, Jalan Sg Besi, Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar, Jalan Tuanku Abd Halim, Jalan Tun Sambathan, Bulatan Dato’ Onn, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Maharajalela, Jalan Pantai Baharu, Bandar Tun Razak, Jalan Semantan, Jalan Budiman and Jalan Tun Razak were also flooded.





Tsunami Alert After 7.9 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

17 12 2016

International Business Times: The US Geological Survey (USGS) says a magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck in the waters off Papua New Guinea.

A tsunami alert was issued after the quake, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC). This earthquake is considered to be a major one. Due to the depth of the tremors, shockwaves will be felt in a very wide radius, according to Earthquake Report. Maximum shaking values are reported as “very strong”, but not considered as anything out of the ordinary for a country like Papua New Guinea and its neighbouring islands.

Strong tsunami waves could affect the coastal areas of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Nauru and other islands in the hours following the quake, the PTWC said.

The quake struck 60 km to the east of Taron, New Ireland, at 8.51 pm local time (1051 GMT) and was originally recorded at 8.0-magititude and then slightly revised down to 7.9. It struck at a depth of some 75 km, according to the USGS.








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