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Photos : Category 5 Hurricane Dorian Pounds Bahamas

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ABC New reported that the category 5 Hurricane Dorian, which came ashore on Elbow Cay of the Abaco Islands, is tied for the strongest Atlantic hurricane landfall on record, along with a hurricane on Labor Day in 1935 that struck the Florida Keys and moved up along the Gulf Coast of Florida.

The eye of the storm made a second landfall at 2 p.m. on the island near Marsh Harbour, and a third landfall an hour before midnight on the eastern end of Grand Bahama Island.

Devastating conditions continued on the Abaco Islands overnight, with western portions of Grand Bahama, including the main city of Freeport, seeing the situation head south through the early morning.

Below is a report by The Guardian – Category 5 Hurricane Dorian pounds Bahamas – as it happened:

  • Hurricane Dorian has pounded the northernmost islands of the Bahamas with winds reaching speeds of more than 220mph (355kmh).
  • The first death was reported from the hurricane by Eyewitness News in the Bahamas, which spoke with a woman who said she had learned her eight-year-old grandson had died, likely drowned, and her granddaughter was missing. Both children were in the Abaco Islands.
  • Dorian is the biggest storm to hit the island chain in modern times and has been described as “catastrophic” and posing a “life-threatening” risk.
  • Meteorologists are finding it difficult to predict the path of the hurricane because of its wide “cone of uncertainty”. Though the Bahamas will probably suffer the most devastation, the big question in terms of scale of potential human suffering is where and when Dorian will hit along the east coast of the US, where population density is so much greater.
  • Georgia and South Carolina issued evacuation orders for their coastal communities on Sunday night as the National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges that could reach 18ft to 23ft (5.5m-7m) above normal levels.
  • On Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas, footage emerged of floodwaters reaching halfway up the sides of family homes with parts of the roofs torn off. The island chain’s homes are built to withstand winds of at least 150mph (241km/h).
  • Bahamian prime minister Hubert Minnis said in a televised address: “This is probably the most sad and worst day of my life to address the Bahamian people. I just want to say as a physician I’ve been trained to withstand many things, but never anything like this.

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Nora Anne Autopsy: No Sign Of Kidnapping, No Evidence Of Rape

Nora Anne Quoirin (Photo: Credit to The Star Online)

The Star Online – SEREMBAN: The authorities have ruled out foul play in the mysterious death of Nora Anne Quoirin, whose remains were found in a stream 10 days after she disappeared from a resort in Pantai Hills near here.

Medical experts who conducted a nine-hour autopsy on her remains ruled that her death was caused due to upper gastrointestinal bleeding, said state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop.

“They also found that she was not raped.

“There was nothing to show that she was abducted or subjected to any form of violence, ” he told reporters at the state police contingent here Thursday (Aug 15).

DCP Mohamad said the postmortem finding also ruled that Nora could have been dead between two and three days before she was found.

“There were no injuries to her body, except for a bruise to her leg.

“But this was not cause of her death, ” he said.

The four-member team led by Kuala Lumpur Hospital forensic pathologist Dr Siew Sheue Feng also included HTJ forensic pathologist Dr Hanif Mohammad and Dr Aidora Saedon from the Chemistry Department and Sufian Arshad Ahmad from the Forensic Department.

A search-and-rescue team found Nora Anne’s remains in a stream some 2.5km away from the The Dusun resort she was staying in with her family.

She had checked into the resort with her parents Sebastian Marie Philipe and Meabh Jaseprine Quoirin and siblings Innes Julia and Maurice Arthure on Aug 3.

However she was not found in the room she shared with her siblings the following morning.

A window in the room that could only be opened from the inside was open.

Dong Zong Rasis, Tak Suka Melayu – Tun M

UTUSAN ONLINE – LANGKAWI 12 Ogos – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menyifatkan Persatuan Gabungan Jawatankuasa Sekolah Cina (Dong Zong) sebagai rasis kerana tidak pernah bersetuju dengan apa jua keputusan kerajaan.

Perdana Menteri berkata, Dong Zong sejak dahulu lagi sering membantah termasuk ketika kerajaan mewujudkan Sekolah Wawasan yang menggabungkan Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK), Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Cina (SJKC) dan Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil (SJKT).

Beliau dalam nada tegas berkata, persatuan itu tidak pernah menyukai orang Melayu kerana bimbang anak-anak mereka bercampur dengan kaum itu.

“Dong Zong ini rasis, kita buat Sekolah Wawasan letak SK, SJKC dan SJKT dalam satu kampus mereka tak mahu, takut anak-anak dia konon bercampur dengan orang Melayu.

“Dia tak suka orang Melayu, semua dia bantah tak pernah bersetuju dengan apa-apa pun,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas menghadiri Program Korban di Masjid Al Huda Padang Matsirat, di sini hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian sebagai mengulas penentangan Dong Zong yang melakukan petisyen terhadap pembelajaran dalam Jawi dan tulisan khat yang kononnya merupakan satu bentuk Islamisasi untuk menyebarkan agama Islam.

Mengulas lanjut, Dr. Mahathir menjelaskan, sebelum negara mencapai kemerdekaan, kerajaan mendapati adalah sukar bagi penduduk bukan Melayu belajar dalam bahasa Jawi sebelum memperkenalkan tulisan roman.

“Saya masih ingat ketika negara hendak merdeka, kita dapati bukan Melayu susah hendak belajar, jadi kerajaan ambil keputusan guna tulisan roman untuk memudahkan mereka.

“Kerajaan sudah memberi pertimbangan khusus kepada bukan Melayu, manakala Melayu masih terus belajar Jawi kerana hendak membaca al-Quran,” katanya.

Dalam perkembangan berkaitan, Dr. Mahathir secara sinis ‘mengiktiraf’ Ahli Parlimen Klang, Charles Santiago mempunyai kedudukan yang setaraf dengannya susulan kenyataan pemimpin DAP itu terhadap beliau yang sering membuat keputusan secara berseorangan.

“Pada masa depan apabila saya nak buat keputusan saya akan tanya boleh atau tidak Santiago bersetuju, kalau dia tak bersetuju saya tak buatlah, mesti dapatkan pandangan dia kerana dia setaraf dengan saya,” ujarnya.

Hari ini, Charles dalam satu kenyataan pada Facebook miliknya berkata, Dr. Mahathir sering membuat keputusan secara berseorangan dan seolah-olah mahu menunjukkan beliau berkuasa walaupun datang dari parti yang kecil. – UTUSAN ONLINE

Names Of Victims And Shooter Of Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooting (Photos)

Connor Betts and his sister Megan. Facebook. (Photo: Credit to New York Post).

(CBS News) – Below are the names and ages of the nine victims who died in the Dayton, Ohio, mass shooting. Six of the nine victims were African American and one of the victims was the shooter’s sister.
  1. Megan K. Betts, age 22 (sister of shooter Connor Betts)
  2. Monica E. Brickhouse, age 39
  3. Nicholas P. Cumer, age 25
  4. Derrick F. Fudge, age 57
  5. Thomas J. McNichols, age 25
  6. Lois L. Oglesby, age 27
  7. Saeed Salah, age 38
  8. Logan M. Turner, age 30
  9. Beatrice N. Warren-Curtis, age 36

News reports stated, according to officials, the Dayton mass shooting gunman was Connor Betts, age 24.

Related post: Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooting: 10 People, Including A suspect Killed (Photos)

Dayton, Ohio Mass Shooting: 10 People, Including A suspect Killed (Photos)

Ten people were killed in Dayton, Ohio mass shooting, August 4, 2019. Credit photo to CNN.

(Reuters) – Ten people, including one suspect, were killed early on Sunday in a shooting in Dayton, Ohio, and at least 16 others were taken to hospitals with injuries, police said.

Authorities gave no details about the circumstances of the shooting except that it occurred in the city’s Oregon District, an historic neighbourhood known for its nightclubs, bars, art galleries and shops.

The Dayton Daily News said the shooting occurred at or near an establishment called Ned Pepper’s Bar in Dayton’s Oregon District.

A report by CNN stated that the incident happened at around 1:00 a.m. ET in a popular area in downtown Dayton on August 4; only about 13 hours after a shooting that left 20 dead in El Paso, Texas.

CNN also reported, Dayton Police Department’s Assistant Police Chief Matt Carper said in a news conference that the shooter has been shot dead by responding police officers.

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Sultan Johor Murka MP DAP Berucap Dalam Masjid – Pencabulan Serius Kesucian Masjid

UTUSAN ONLINE – JOHOR BAHRU 16 Mei – Sultan Johor bertitah, perbuatan Ahli Parlimen Labis, Pang Hok Liong yang berucap dalam Masjid Tenang Stesyen, Labis, pada 10 Mei lalu sebagai baidab, tidak beretika dan tidak boleh diterima sama sekali.

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar bertitah, perbuatan itu jelas meremehkan pegangan dan amalan agama Islam yang dibina sejak zaman berzaman di negeri ini selain mempunyai kepentingan tertentu walaupun sudah dimaklumkan tidak boleh berpolitik dalam masjid.

“Tindakan Ahli Parlimen Labis ini telah mendatangkan rasa kurang senang, kecewa yang amat mendalam dan menimbulkan bantahan umat Islam setempat serta umat Islam di Negeri Johor Darul Ta’zim.

“Perbuatan Ahli Parlimen tersebut dan mereka yang bertanggungjawab menganjurkannya telah mengguris perasaan umat Islam terutama dalam bulan Ramadan yang mulia ini di mana umat Islam dianjurkan untuk berkasih sayang dan mengelakkan perpecahan serta merapatkan saf dan perpaduan.

“(Ini) pencabulan serius terhadap kesucian masjid sekali gus menggugat kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Negeri Johor Darul Ta’zim. Pelanggaran sempadan yang telah saya sebagai Ketua Agama Islam Negeri Johor gariskan sebelum ini apatah lagi larangan ini baharu sahaja saya tegaskan semula melalui Pekeliling Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Johor,” titah baginda kepada Royal Press Office (RPO) di sini sebentar tadi.

Titah Baginda, wujud pemimpin politik yang tidak sensitif terhadap undang-undang, peraturan dan pekeliling yang dikeluarkan oleh Majlis Agama Islam Negeri Johor (MAINJ) yang berkuat kuasa dalam negeri ini.

“Saya yakin Ahli Parlimen tersebut dan pihak-pihak yang ada berkepentingan akan menafikan bahawa mereka telah berucap berkaitan politik di dalam majlis tersebut,” titah Sultan Ibrahim.

Sultan Johor bertitah, masjid adalah zon bebas politik yang merupakan tempat bagi mereka yang mahukan ketenteraman jiwa dan suasana damai bagi mendekatkan diri kepada Allah tanpa adanya unsur politik yang mendukung parti-parti tertentu di dalamnya.

“Anda boleh sahaja bercakap politik dan berbeza pegangan politik dari pagi hingga malam, dari kedai kopi ke hotel, dari tepi jalan ke puncak gunung bagi meraih sokongan tapi bukan di dalam masjid yang suci itu.

“Saya mempunyai tanggungjawab untuk memastikan bahawa kesucian masjid di Johor sentiasa terjaga dan bagi memastikan kesucian masjid itu, saya mempunyai hak dan kuasa untuk menentukan kaedah dan mekanisma bagi memastikan masjid di Johor sentiasa dilimpahi dengan keredaan dan keampunan Allah serta ketenangan, kedamaian tanpa hiruk pikuk politik,” titah Baginda lagi.

Sultan Johor bertitah, perkara itu selaras dengan kehendak Fasal 96(1) Enakmen Pentadbiran Agama Islam (Negeri Johor) Tahun 2003.

Gempa Lombok 7 Skala Richter: Kedutaan Besar Malaysia Buka Bilik Operasi

Antara kediaman ranap di Lombok Timur akibat kesan gempa bumi melanda Pulau Lombok, Indonesia. (Gambar ihsan Berita Harian)

Liputan6.com, melaporkan satu gempa bumi dengan kekuatan 7 Skala Richter telah menggoncang Lombok Utara, Nusa Tenggara Barat lewat petang tadi.

Menurut Okezone News, Badan Meteorologi, Klimatologi dan Geofisika (BMKG) menjelaskan akibat gempa bumi tersebut, kejadian tsunami telah dikesan di  Carik pada pukul 18.48 Waktu Indonesia Barat (WIB) dengan ketinggian 0.135 meter, di Badas pada pukul 18.54 WIB dengan ketinggian 0.100 meter dan di Lembar  pada pukul 19.27 WIB dengan ketinggian 0. 090 meter.

Menurut BMKG lagi, gempa bumi yang memiliki kedalaman 15 km itu berlaku di 27 kilometer Timur Laut Lombok Utara di Nusa Tenggara Barat.

BERNAMA melaporkan Kedutaan Besar Malaysia mengeluarkan kenyataan:

“Kedutaan Besar Malaysia kini mengaktifkan Bilik Operasi dan rakyat Malaysia yang berada di Lombok yang memerlukan bantuan konsular boleh menghubungi nombor telefon +62215224947 dan +62 8138081 3036 (Whatsapp) serta emel mwjakarta@kln.gov.my / jkonsular@gmail.com,” – Kedutaan Besar Malaysia.

Menurut BERNAMA lagi, Timbalan Duta Besar Malaysia di Indonesia, Zamshari Shaharan, ketika dihubungi berkata kedutaan sedang menyelaras tindakan dengan bekerjasama bersama polis Indonesia dan Badan Nasional Pengurusan Bencana (BNPB) bagi mengenalpasti sekiranya ada rakyat Malaysia yang terbabit akibat gempa itu.