Typhoon Melor (Nona) Batters Philippines, Killing 3 People

(Photo from Channel News Asia)
(Photo from Channel News Asia)

Typhoon Melor or locally known as Typhoon Nona was the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane as it moved into the Philippines on Monday.

At least 3 people were killed, one person died of hypothermia while two others drowned in floods as the typhoon carved through the central Philippines on Tuesday bringing heavy rain and strong winds that left millions without electricity in at least seven provinces.

Channel News Asia reported that Typhoon Melor whipped the vast Bicol peninsula, with a population of 5.4 million people, overnight before slamming into the Romblon islands on Tuesday morning.

Bad weather forced the cancellation of 16 domestic flights on Tuesday, adding to the 56 flights cancelled on Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Tin roofs and branches littered the streets of the city of Legazpi, which was battered by strong winds.

Gusts had weakened somewhat by Tuesday morning but were still recorded at 170 kilometres (106 miles) per hour from 185 kilometres per hour on Monday.

Rainfall amounts could top 300 mm (12 inches) in the central Philippines, especially across the higher terrain could cause life-threatening flooding and mudslides.

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Sulu forces planning another Sabah incursion-NST

(NST) – KUALA LUMPUR: The Sulu forces in southern Philippines are planning a ‘revenge attack’ following the 2013 deadly stand-off in Lahad Datu and reclaim Sabah, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said. This was gathered from intelligence by the enforcement agencies, Nur Jazlan said. He told the New Straits Times that the ministry was monitoring and working to neutralise the local network of sympathisers. “We have been doing continuous and intensive monitoring. There are indications that the group is planning a revenge attack. “We want to neutralise their network of sympathisers to prevent any such attack.” Nur Jazlan said many sympathisers had been assimilated into the communities, making it harder for the enforcers to identify them. “They are normal people, usually locals or non-Malaysians, with ties to the communities in southern Philippines. So, there are many of them. “They have interwoven with the communities in eastern Sabah, which makes it more difficult to identify them.” Immigration Department deputy director-general Datuk Sakib Kusmi said the movement of people with Sulu links was being monitored by enforcement agencies, including the Eastern Sabah Security Command. Sabah state assembly on Thursday passed a proposal to ban foreigners associated with the self-proclaimed Sulu sultanate from entering the country. Legal action was also proposed against PKR lawmakers Nurul Izzah Anwar and Tian Chua following their meeting with Jacel Kiram, daughter of the late Jamalul Kiram III, who ordered the 2013 intrusion.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/11/114268/sulu-forces-planning-another-sabah-incursion

Kes Jacel Kiram: Tian Chua Tuduh Nurul Izzah Hilang Ingatan?

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Above is another arrogant and silly statement made by the PKR’s Batu Member of Parliament. Reading the news made me feel so humiliated and hurt because a politic leader of my country assumes that we Malaysian are unable to think straight and can be fooled by such illogical excuses over such a serious misconduct. And I cannot imagine the feelings of the families and friends of the victims of the Lahad Datu tragedy over the statement.

The Malaysian Parliament must conduct a course so that such Members of Parliament can learn the Rukun Negara and the meaning behind it so that they be patriotic and take their duties to the country seriously; and not putting their own selves above the sovereignty of our country.

The Star article is in red while my comments will be in blue.

PETALING JAYA: Batu MP Tian Chua has said that both he and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar regret the uneasiness caused by the pictures taken with Jacel Kiram during their trip to the Philippines but he maintains that they were unaware that they were taking the pictures with the self-styled Sulu princess.

Does Tian Chua mean that both he and Nurul Izzah did not know the participants of that small meeting and thought that Jacel is just another citizen of the Philippines? 

They were only a very small number of people at the meeting. They would surely introduced themselves or be introduced by the organiser or the person who chaired the meeting. It is impossible for Nurul Izzah to not know that the lady in blue is Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu except if she has such a short memory and cannot remember anything at all after a few minutes.

Or does Tian Chua meant to say that “they were unaware that they were taking the pictures with the self-styled Sulu princess” because when Jacel was enjoying the meal and chatting with Nurul Izzah as in the photo below, she was in disguise and was using another name?

Nurul Izzah (3rd from left) was talking to a man and a mysterious lady in blue (left) at the dinning table.
Nurul Izzah (3rd from left) was talking to a man and a mysterious lady in blue (left) at the dinning table.

Chua said that both he and Nurul were simply acting in accordance with the common practice of taking pictures with all parties when attending international conferences and that they did not realise who they were taking the photograph with.

From the photos published, that so-called “international conference” was not attended by hundreds of people that the participants do not know each other. Jacel Kiram is not unknown in Malaysia, and if Tian Chua and Nurul Izzah did not recognise Jacel Kiram or did not know her connections to the Lahad Datu tragedy; then they are not fit to be our Members of Parliament.

What an odd meeting when Nurul Izzah (left) was not introduced to the other people at the meeting table.
The so-called “international conference”. What an odd meeting when Nurul Izzah (left) was not introduced to the other people at the meeting table.

In fact, the news of former opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim being followed by the so called ‘Princess’ Jacel Kiram on Twitter went viral on the internet during the Lahad Datu tragedy in February 2013. It is a wonder that Tian Chua and Nurul Izzah who are very active on the internet did not recognise the popular daughter of the self proclaimed Sultan of Sulu even if she was introduced to her by another name at the meeting. 

A once popular screenshot from Jacel Kiram's twitter page.
A once popular screenshot from Jacel Kiram’s twitter page.

The MP also claimed that the issue of sovereignty was being politicised and that political parties should instead be united with regards to the issue of protecting the nations territorial integrity.

The issue of sovereignty was not politicised. Nurul Izzah is a Member of Parliament and like Jacel Kiram, she is not an unknown person. This issue is being raised because Nurul Izzah Anwar Ibrahim had a meeting with an enemy of Malaysia and later on took pictures with her, smiling as if Jacel is her best friend while holding placards calling for the release of a Malaysian prisoner, Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar Ibrahim's supporters. But Nurul Izzah (left) had no idea of who was the lady in blue.
Anwar Ibrahim’s supporters. Nurul Izzah (left) had no idea of who was the lady in blue.

 

Now, isn’t the whole actions by them is a humiliation to our country and the victims of the Lahad Datu tragedy? The actions show disloyalty to the King and the country for using an enemy of the State to pressure the State to release a prisoner that was found guilty by the Federal Court.

I must be dreaming because I thought all leaders of a country must be patriotic and loyal to their King and the country.

“We regret that this has cause uneasiness among the people and Nurul Izzah has already apologised to the families of the victims, so why are we playing up his issue?” asked Chua.

Is this the mentality of the opposition leaders? If any of them did something wrong, no matter how serious it is and in this case a humiliation to our country, and he apologises, then things are considered solved and nobody should question and talk about it anymore.

The sovereignty of a country must be upheld by each and every citizen of the country, especially the leaders. Both Tian Chua and Nurul Izzah are not patriotic and it is a pity that they were elected as leaders by their voters.

He added that he had no problem with the police investigating him, and that they should go ahead if they wanted to.

Chua also said that “more concrete action” was needed to guarantee Sabah’s safety from “invaders” and despite being debated many times, there is a lack of defensive improvements seen in Sabah.

Looking for ways to divert the story? After his above statement and what he did before, he has no rights to belittle the work done by the government, PDRM and ATM in order to protect our country.  It was the ATM that defeated the ‘Royal Sulu Army’ which was led by the uncle of Jacel Kiram, the lady in blue who participated in the ‘international conference’ together with Tian Chua and Nurul Izzah but whom they had no idea who was she.

The popular Jakel Kiram must be very sad that if she knows that Nurul Izzah has no idea of who she is even after the meeting, sharing the meal and took lots of photos together.
The popular Jakel Kiram must be very sad that if she knows that Nurul Izzah has no idea of who she is even after the meeting, sharing the meal and took lots of photos together.

And by placing inverted commas for the word invaders in the article, does The Star meant to imply that the ‘Royal Sulu Army’ are not invaders and that the attack on Lahad Datu that killed 10 victims from PDRM and ATM who were defending Sabah was just a fairy tale like claimed by Tian Chua in the video below?

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had stated that Chua had been the person who arranged the meeting and that he was also responsible for contacting the Sulu sultanate.

Jacel is the daughter of self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who ordered 200 members of his “Royal Sulu Army” to invade Lahad Datu in February 2013 to stake his claim over Sabah.

 

After international statements over international statements about our country made by Jacel Kiram with her photos all over the medias, it is so weird that the two Malaysian Members of Parliament who are internet savvy and actively complaining about the government, are still at lost of who she is. The Star reported, Tian Chua said “they were unaware that they were taking the pictures with the self-styled Sulu princess.”

 

Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) May Hit The Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit is suspected to hit Philippines this Saturday, and will affect about 30 million residents.

The Typhoon which is also known as Ruby in the Philippines intensity was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific Ocean.

It is on course for the Eastern Samar province and the city of Tacloban which was badly hit by last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, is one of the places which might be hit by this coming typhoon .

Even though Typhoon Hagupit is not as powerful as Haiyan it is still very dangerous as it will cause heavy rain, storm surges and landslides.

In fact BBC News reported that Typhoon Hagupit could bring storm surges up to one storey-high.

Photos: Typhoon Rammasun Shuts Down Manila, 13 killed

Strong winds from Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) uprooted a decades-old tree which fell on a red car.
Strong winds from Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) uprooted a decades-old tree which fell on a red car.

Typhoon Rammasun is the first major typhoon of the season that hit the Philippines.

Locally as “Glenda”, the category 3 hurricane made landfall near Legazpi City on Tuesday evening.

At least 13 people were killed across the country.

Ferocious wind gusts approaching 200 kilometres (120 miles) an hour, tore roofs off houses, overturned cars and ripped down electricity lines in Manila, as well as remote fishing villages hundreds of kilometres away.

People walk among debris and a boat destroyed by strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun in Manila
People walk among debris and a boat destroyed by strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun in Manila

Millions were without electricity.

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Typhoon Rammasun: Philippines on Red Alert

Typhoon Rammasun, also known as Typhoon “Glenda,” is set to strike the Bicol region in the east of the country at 6:00pm (1000 GMT), with Manila and other heavily populated areas also expected to be hit early Wednesday, the state weather service said.

It will bring very strong wind with center winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of 150 kilometers an hour.

The strong wind is expected to topple trees and electric poles, and may even rip roofs off poorly constructed houses.

The typhoon had a diameter of 500 kilometers and will cause a large amount of rain that could cause flash flooding and landslides.

People living in coastal areas in the Provinces of Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Northern Samar that is threatened by storm surges were ordered to evacuate their homes.

Schools in several cities were closed and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights have been cancelled, along with ferry services.

In Photos: 10,000 Feared Killed By Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) In Philippines

At least 10,000 people are believed dead in Tacloban city alone after one of the worst storms ever recorded hit the Philippines with ferocious winds and giant waves.

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record, packing winds of 235 kilometers per hour (147 miles per hour) that gusted to 275 kph (170 mph), and a storm surge that caused sea waters to rise 6 meters (20 feet).

Corpses hung from tree branches and were scattered along sidewalks and among flattened buildings.

Death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides.

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Video Of Atom Araullo Coverage Of Haiyan

Below is the video of ABS-CBN News’s reporter Atom Araullo reported live at around 6:40 a.m. Friday from a street in Tacloban City during Typhoon Haiyan, which is also called Yolanda in the Philippines.

The video was aired on the ABS-CBN’s morning show “Umagang Kay Ganda” as well as on ABS-CBN’s flagship newscast “TV Patrol.”

The video showed a bad flash flood caused by storm surge brought by Typhoon Haiyan on the street where Atom Araullo had been reporting from just an hour before.

It shows the flooded street turned into a river full of debris.

Below is another ABS-CBN News’s video during Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban City:

Please click the links below for news, photos and videos of Typhoon Haiyan:

Videos: Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Hit Philippines

Photos: 2013′s Strongest Typhoon Hit Philippines

Photos: Among World’s Most Endangered Animals

In this Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2008 file photo a silverback mountain gorilla is seen in the Virunga National Park, near the Ugandan border in eastern Congo, The 175-nation U.N. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, known as CITES, is based in Geneva and regulates nearly 35,000 species of animals and plants. Experts rank wildlife smuggling among the top aims of criminal networks, along with drugs and human trafficking. CITES says wildlife crime remains poorly studied but it says international estimates of the scale of illegal wildlife trade range from between $16 billion and $27 billion a year. Tiger parts, elephant ivory, rhino horn and exotic birds and reptiles are among the most trafficked items. (AP Photo / Jerome Delay, File)
Sumatran Orangutan – The Sumatran orangutan is the most endangered of the two orangutan species. Found only in the northern and western provinces of Sumatra, Indonesia, the species is fast losing its natural habitat to agriculture and human settlements. World Wildlife Fund has put together a top 10 list of endangered species to be on the look-out for in 2012. © Fletcher and Baylis / WWF-Indonesia
Mountain Gorilla – The mountain gorilla became known to science on 17 October 1902, and is a subspecies of eastern gorilla. © Martin Harvey / WWF-Canon
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna – Tuna is perhaps the most high profile victim of unregulated and uncontrolled overfishing. Bluefin tuna populations have declined alarmingly over the past few decades. © Wild Wonders of Europe / Zankl / WWF-Canon
Leatherback turtle – The leatherback turtle has survived for more than a hundred million years, but is now facing extinction. Recent estimates of numbers show that this species is declining precipitously throughout its range. World Wildlife Fund has put together a top 10 list of endangered species to be on the look-out for in 2012. © Carlos Drews / WWF-Canon
Tiger – Less than 3,200 remain in the wild, we have lost 97% of our wild tigers in just over a century. © Kevin Schafer / WWF-Canon
Snow Leopard – There are up to 6,000 snow leopards in the wild across 12 countries, but its numbers are gradually declining, with hunting and habitat loss just some of the reasons that it is endangered. Naturepl.com/ Andy Rouse / WWF-Canon
Vaquita – The vaquita is a very small porpoise that lives solely in the Gulf of California, Mexico. The species is critically endangered primarily as a result of entanglement in fishing nets. © WWF-US/Eugene Lee
Irrawaddy Dolphin – Some populations are close to extinction such as those in the Mekong River and Malampaya Sound in the Philippines. The main threats are from fisheries bycatch and habitat loss. © David Dove / WWF-Greater Mekong
Javan Rhino – The Javan rhino is probably the rarest large mammal on the planet, with no more than 50 left in the wild and none in captivity. © Greater Mekong / WWF-Canon
Asian Elephant – Sacred but exploited, the Asian elephant has been worshipped for centuries and is still used today for ceremonial and religious purposes. © David Lawson / WWF-U
In this Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 file photo released by Virunga National Park, a baby Grauer’s gorilla that had been poached from Kahuzi-Biega National Park is seen at the Senkwekwe Orphan Gorilla Center at Virunga National Park in eastern Congo. Twenty-five species of monkeys, langurs, lemurs and gorillas are on the brink of extinction and need global action to protect them from increasing deforestation and illegal trafficking, researchers said Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Virunga National Park, LuAnne Cadd, File)

We must try to save the endangered animals before they extinct.

Landslide in Southern Philipines

On Thursday January 1, 2012 at least 25 people were killed in a landslide in the southern Philippines.

The landslide struck at around 3:00 a.m. (2100 GMT Wednesday).

About 1oo people were still missing.

The landslide happened near a gold mine in Napnapan village in Pantukan township,  Mindanao.

It is very dangerous to work in that kind of gold mines because disaster may happen.

This is a latest disaster in Mindanao.

In December 2011,  flash floods triggered by a tropical storm killed more than 1,250 people in Mindanao.