10 Longest Bridges in the World

[Yahoo! News}- With only 22 miles between the UK and France, Boris Johnson reportedly thinks it’s ‘crazy’ that the Channel Tunnel is the only connecting bridge.

Although it’s faced some mocking and controversy, a bridge connecting the two nations could, technically, exist.

Bridge designer and former president of the Institution of Structural Engineers Ian Firth said it was ‘absolutely possible’.

And while a 22 mile bridge might seem longer than your average water crossing, it’s by no means the longest bridge to ever exist.

These are the 10 longest bridges around the world.

 

The Best Sate Kambing!

Looking for a very delicious sate kambing or lamb satay?

A few days ago, on our way home from Tangkak in Johor, we purposely drove to Pedas, a small town in the district of Rembau in Negeri Sembilan to buy tasty sate kambing from a small road-side stall owned by Encik Sudirman and his wife Azizah.

Their sate kambing is the best sate kambing that we had ever tasted, well marinated, tender and juicy; and for us they are tastier than the sate kambing offered at the popular Restoran Sate Wak Radol in Taman Sri Skudai, near Johor Bharu.

Other than their scrumptious sate kambing, the friendly couple also offer tasty chicken and beef satay, all at a very decent price.

We came across the satay stall last year, as we drove to Pedas looking for a place for dinner while we were at the Nation Buidling Camp in Ulu Sepri and this is the third time we had the chance to enjoy their delicious satay.

Located near the Pedas Police Station, it opens at around 6:30PM or on wards, so if  you happens to be in the town of Pedas, please give it a try.

But if you are planning to purposely drive to Pedas for the satay like we did this time, please contact the stall owner in advance to make sure that they are open for business.

Please click the first photo for their phone numbers.

The coordinates for the stall is 2.620221, 102.058153.

Amazing Photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award Shortlist

[Yahoo! News}- Majestic birds and colourful sea creatures are only some of the breathtaking animals to make the shortlist for the People’s Choice award in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year annual competition.

This year, almost 50,000 submissions from 92 countries were entered for the prestigious award.

The shortlisted images are currently on display at the highly-acclaimed exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, until the vote closes on 5 February 2018.

The winner of the vote will then be showcased until the exhibition closes on 28 May 2018.

The ‘People’s Choice’ annual award recognises exceptional competition entries as chosen by the public.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running competition of its kind.

The competition is a vital part of the Natural History Museum’s mission to inspire a love for the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet.

“Islam Ibarat Pokok Jati – Tinggi, Teguh dan Terampil…”

Last Friday, as we stopped at the North-South Expressway Seremban rest area’s Petronas station on our way to Tangkak, we coincidentally met Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, the person whom I really respect and admire.

I have always wish to talk to Datuk Mohd Noor, whose judgement in the high profile High Court case of Meor Atiqulrahman bin Ishak & Ors v Fatimah Sihi & Ors[2000]  1 MLJ 393 is very important as one of the judicial precedent in interpreting the Article 3(1) that places Islam as the religion of the Federation.

Excitedly, I took the opportunity to tell Datuk Mohd Noor that I am a great fan of his and how I admire the powerful words he chose that not only are poetic but more importantly had precisely interpreted the Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution which enshrines Islam as the religion of the Federation.

Datuk Mohd Noor said that I should not only be interested in the case but also must have the interest in the field.

In the judgement of Meor Atiqulrahman bin Ishak & Ors v Fatimah Sihi & Ors[2000]  1 MLJ 393 , Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah stated:

“Pada pendapat saya “Islam ialah ugama bagi Persekutuan tetapi ugama-ugama lain boleh diamalkan dengan aman dan damai” bermakna Islam adalah ugama utama di antara ugama-ugama lain yang dianuti di negara ini seperti Kristian, Buddha, Hindu dan selainnya. Islam bukan setaraf dengan ugama lain, bukan duduk berganding bahu atau berdiri sama tegak. Ia duduk di atas, ia berjalan dahulu, terletak di tempat medan dan suaranya lantang kedengaran. Islam ibarat pokok jati – tinggi, teguh dan terampil. Jika bukan sedemikian Islam bukanlah ugama bagi Persekutuan tetapi adalah salah satu di antara beberapa ugama yang dianuti di negara ini dan setiap orang sama-sama bebas mengamalkan manamana ugama yang dianutinya, tiada lebih satu dari yang lain.”

Hence, the judgement of  Meor Atiqulrahman bin Ishak & Ors v Fatimah Sihi & Ors had nullified the claims that Malaysia is a secular state made by some groups of people who either do not understand the Federal Constitution or doing it with the intention of confusing the people.

These groups of people usually misquote Tun Salleh Abbas’s words in the judgement of the Supreme Court decision of Che Omar Che Soh v Public Prosecutor (1988) 2 MLJ 55 to prove their case; when Tun Salleh did not say that Malaysia is a secular country in the judgement of the said case.

I had quoted this case so many times to prove that Malaysia is not a secular country:

  1. Apabila Buku Teks Undang-Undang Tidak Berperlembagaan
  2. Menjawab “Jika Islam Boleh, Kenapa Kristian Tidak Boleh”
  3. The Constitutionally Illiterate Tawfik Tun Dr Ismail
  4. Boo Su-Lyn Supports Nanyang’s ‘Monkey Act’
  5. Grow Up, MCA!
  6. SUARAM Man Questions “Belief in God”
  7. Lagi Usaha Parti Pembangkang Menipu Umat Islam
  8. The Court Of Appeal Recognises SOGI Rights?
  9. Seminar Islam dan Isu-Isu Hak Asasi Manusia
  10. Gobind Singh: Malaysia Is A Secular State – Another Fairy Tale?

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TERKINI: Jalan Jemaluang, Mersing Runtuh; Kereta Terbabas dalam Gaung

KERETA mangsa jatuh ke dalam gaung akibat tanah runtuh di Jalan Jemaluang-Mersing, Johor, awal pagi tadi. Gambar diambil daripada Berita Harian

[UTUSAN}- MERSING 15 Jan. – Seorang lelaki warga emas bersama-sama keluarganya nyaris maut apabila kenderaan dipandunya terbabas dalam gaung di Kilometer 16 Jalan Jemaluang-Mersing, dekat sini awal pagi ini.

Dalam kejadian kira-kira pukul 2.30 pagi berdekatan Institut Latihan Perindustrian (ILP) Mersing, kereta dipandu Swee Ah Pang, 60, hilang kawalan apabila berlaku tanah runtuh secara tiba-tiba semasa melalui jalan berkenaan.

Ketua Polis Daerah Mersing, Deputi Superintenden Cyril Edward Nuing berkata, kenderaan warga emas itu menjunam dalam gaung berkeluasan kira-kira 70 meter dengan ketinggian cerun 15 meter.

“Polis terima panggilan orang awan menyatakan satu kejadian tanah runtuh dan mendap berlaku di Kilometer 16 Jalan Jemaluang-Mersing.

“Dalam kejadian itu sebuah kereta terjatuh dalam gaung. Mangsa bersama-sama penumpang tidak mengalami kecederaan serius dan dirujuk ke Hospital Mersing bagi pemeriksaan lanjut,” katanya ketika dihubungi di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata, laluan tersebut tidak selamat untuk dilalui mana-mana kenderaan ringan atau berat dan ditutup sepenuhnya.

Katanya, jalan alternatif yang boleh digunakan adalah melalui Jalan Nitar-Jemaluang untuk mana-mana orang awam yang mahu ke Johor Bahru atau Mersing.

 

Extraordinary Images of Some of the World’s Most Endangered Animals

[Yahoo! News}- Featuring animals from all around the world, Tim Flach’s latest book ‘endangered’ explores habitats on nearly every continent.

Often, Flach explores the close relationship between animals and humans, and in particular how humanity imposes and reveals its ideals when trying to understand and work with animals.

‘I feel this is the most complete book I have done and I feel very privileged to have done it,’ he said. ‘I do recall a photographer colleague of mine saying one never finishes a book one is only separated from it.

‘I wanted to draw out the character of my subjects. Clearly to do that with a bee or a tree frog eggs demanded an intimacy that can only be arrived at by a magnification, in this particular case times five, thereby showing detail that would not normally be visible with the naked eye.

‘Probably the most dramatic area [when putting together the book] was diving off the Galapagos islands while photographing Hammerhead sharks from 30m down. As a not highly experienced diver, the challenges of high currents and camera with underwater housing was a little bit stressful.

‘My next project is birds,’ he continued. ‘I want to photograph some of the most glamorous, beautiful birds – Birds of prey, Golden Pheasants, Bantoms and Macaws to celebrate the wonderment of birds.’

His other books include Equus, Dogs, Gods and More Than Human. Endangered is his fourth, and most ambitious, book.

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