2014 In Review by Ahmad Ali Karim

2014 In Review

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 160,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.

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AirAsia QZ8501: 40 Bodies Found

Distraught family members of passengers onboard the missing AirAsia flight. Source: AFP

(news,com.au) – DEBRIS and moer than 40 bodies from the missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 have been found, authorities have confirmed.

Indonesian officials said that debris spotted earlier today is from the missing plane. The debris is about 10 kilometres from when it was last seen on radar.

Indonesia’s director general of civil aviation, Djoko Murjatmodjo, told AFP: “For the time being it can be confirmed that it’s the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun.”

Objects that have been found include an emergency door and a life jacket while a plane ‘shadow’ was spotted on the seabed.

An Indonesian warship has recovered more than 40 bodies from the sea in the search for the AirAsia jet, a navy spokesman told AFP.

Indonesia’s national search and rescue director SB Supriyadi told reporters that bodies had been brought to an Indonesian navy ship. He said they did not have life jackets on.

As relatives of the passengers were assembled in a room in Surabaya, they watched images of a floating body that had been broadcast on local TV.

Many screamed and wailed uncontrollably, breaking down into tears while they squeezed each other. One middle-aged man collapsed and was rushed from the room on a stretcher.

 

AFP – Missing AirAsia flight: Body found, relatives distraught with grief

JAKARTA: Relatives of the 162 people missing on the plane hugged each other and burst into tears in Surabaya, where the missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501 plane departed from, as they watched footage showing a body floating in the sea on a television feed of a press conference in Jakarta.

A body was found in the sea Tuesday during the search for missing Indonesia AirAsia flight QZ8501, Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) chief F.H. Bambang Soelistyo said.

“At 13:25… we spotted a floating object believed to be one of the passengers’ bodies,” Soelistyo said at a press conference.

Relatives hugged one another and continued crying until an AirAsia officer shouted, “This is crazy”, an AFP journalist at the scene said.

The situation at the centre was tense and emotional, with some hysterical and crying non-stop.

One man fainted and had to be taken out on a stretcher. – AFP

AirAsia QZ 850: Debris Is From ‘Plane’, Civil Aviation Chief

(THE STAR) – JAKARTA: Debris spotted Tuesday during an aerial search for missing Indonesia AirAsia Flight QZ8501 is from the missing plane, Indonesia’s director general of civil aviation told AFP.

“For the time being it can be confirmed that it’s the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun,” Djoko Murjatmodjo said.

An air force official also reported the sighting of a suspected body, life vest, luggage and plane debris off the coast of Kalimantan, said Reuters.

Photo credit to Berita Harian
Photo credit to Berita Harian
Photo credit to Berita Harian
Photo credit to Berita Harian
Photo credit to Berita Harian
Photo credit to Berita Harian

In Photos: Some Aftermath Of East Coast Massive Flood

KUALA KRAI, 28 Dis -- MUSNAH ? Beberapa buah kereta rosak teruk akibat dihanyut arus deras dari limpahan air Sungai Kelantan di Manek Urai dekat hari ini.
KUALA KRAI, 28 Dis — MUSNAH ? Beberapa buah kereta rosak teruk akibat dihanyut arus deras dari limpahan air Sungai Kelantan di Manek Urai dekat hari ini.

It is still raining in many parts of the East Coast of West Malaysia and New Straits Times reported that the number of evacuees nationwide has rose up to over 200, 000.

The hardest hit state is Kelantan, with over 147,000 evacuees.

It is a very sad scene in Manek Urai, Kelantan where after the floodwater has dried up, debris of damaged houses and cars scattered all around the place as if the place was hit by a tornado.

Here are some photos of the aftermath of the flood:

Live On TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum – Sunday 28 Dec 2014

Live on air on TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.
Live on-air on TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014.

This morning I was live on-air on TV AlHijrah’s Assalamualaikum together with my mother and my eldest sister, Aiman Amani.

I’ve been to the TV AlHijrah headquarters in the Pusat Islam Complex before but this is the first time for me to be on a live TV program and I was very excited about it.

In front of the TV station. I sometimes accompanied my father to TV AlHijrah when was to be on-air.
In front of the TV station. I sometimes accompanied my father to TV AlHijrah when he was to be on-air.

As we reached the TV station, we waited in the waiting room for our turn be on-air.

This is the room where we waited for our turn to be on-air.
This is the room where we waited for our turn to be on-air.

Before our turn came, the crew took us for a touch-up and then we were given our microphones and got ready for our turn.

When it was our turn to be on-air, the crew took us into the studio.
When it was our turn to be on-air, the crew took us into the studio.

In the studio, I was greeted by the hosts Abang Amin Idris and Kakak Raja Sofie Raja Arif.

It was great to meet Abang Amin again.

Getting ready before the show.
Getting ready before we went on-air.

I was very excited as we were seated and as I waited for the camera to roll-on, my heart was beating fast.

On-air for the first time.
On-air live on TV for the first time.

Fortunately, I felt better as I went on-air although I felt quite shivering due to the coldness of the studio.

It was really fun and Abang Amin was a great host.

I had a wonderful time being on-air and really I enjoyed myself.

A photo after our segment was over.
A photo after our segment was over.

I was not expecting that I’ll be really enjoying myself so much until I felt that our segment was too short.

At the entrance before leaving the TV station.
At the entrance before leaving the TV station.

I’m really thankful that I was given the chance to on a live TV program and I really appreciate the experience.

I want to thank TV AlHijrah for giving me this wonderful experience and thank you Abang Amin Idris for making me feel even more confident during the show.

AirAsia Flight QZ850: Full Passenger Manifest

AirAsia QZ 850: Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore’s Statement

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