31 May 2011

Ini Macam Pun Ada!

Strip and you'll walk away with a free laptop a notice at a computer shop in China said.

Sin Chew Daily reported that the shop, located in Shaanxi, has made the offer to single women in conjunction with its grand opening last Saturday.

Those who strip to their bra and panties were awarded with a laptop.

The first woman arrived around 11.30am.

Clad in a yellow blouse and sunglasses, she was seen walking towards the stage where a group of entertainers were performing.

She removed her dress, and successfully walked away with the gadget within a minute.

Verify here:

P/S: Will this kind of business promotion be copied over here? Whao....! Sure pact of people, not to walk up to get the free item but to see see maa... kah..kah..kah..... All sort of business gimmicks manipulating human's weaknesses!

29 May 2011

Barcelona Just Too Good - No Doubt About It!

Aiyoo...... Man U lost terribly, horribly!
No match to Barcelona.
Just too good.
I am very sure not even any national team in the world can match this Barcelona team.
Their passing game was brilliant, fantastic and I was lost of words but glued to my seat watching them tearing and ripping Man U's defence apart.
Even almost all Man U's proven machines were shut down, like Valencia, Giggs, Chicharito, Vidic and company, could not do anything but stunned and muted!
This Barcelona team deserve to be the champ, no doubt about it and no excuses could be offered!
Anyway, though Man U lost, I really satisfied to watch the game because it's really worth to watch such game, not like some national teams, just won a small tournament but made hell of a noise, thinking they have arrived but flopped in the next game!
Then there is, Iker the so-called psychic-octopus, you are wrong this time and you can't take over the trade Paul had made it famous!

28 May 2011

Interesting Quotes About Zombies

1. The curious thing about zombies is that they don't always know that they're dead.

2. They have been dead long enough to know it for sure. Whatever are they fighting for? If asked, they will claim to be fighting for the people.

3. Then you have zombies roundly rejected, they won zero, and lost every one by large majorities. But there they are, still strutting about making pompous statements.

4. Despite having lost his own seat, but then proved so incompetent that he had to be replaced by someone else. Of which fact he pretends to be blissfully unaware, collecting his redundant salary every month, borne by the struggling taxpayers.

5. If they weren't sure that they had joined the ranks of the walking dead, they should surely know by now. But still they hang around, making feasts of the scraps and bones thrown to them by their masters. Another bunch of garbage-pickers!

6. Soon to be joining them is another group of zombies, clearly forsaken of popular support. Its members, having learnt no lessons from 2008, decided that it was a good idea to elect a scandal-tainted politician as their President, who was thick-skinned enough to later talk about morality.

7. At a loss for ideas on how to regain support, these zombies resorted to threatening that they would not accept any posts if they lost. But we have yet to see these zombies giving up any posts. They bark at their own people, and wag their tails for their masters.

8. We can only sit and watch bemusedly, at all these lurching, putrefying zombies wearing fancy suits, dining in 5-star hotels, driving expensive cars, and of all things. Not only do dead men can vote, they contest seats!

9. It really may be time to be rid of these zombies.

Source: Read here.

Don't Worry Paul, Iker Takes Over.... KahKahKah.....

I have posted earlier that Manchester United to beat Barcelona in the 2010/11 Champions League final and missed Paul the Octopus to pick the winner.

Soon after that I read from today's paper, Iker has appeared as the new psychic octopus which has predicted precisely a few earlier matches in the Champions League. The last was the semi-final between Barcelona and Real Madrid and Iker has successfully predicted Barcelona to beat Real Madrid.

For the coming final, Iker concurs with my prediction that Manchester United is going to beat Barcelona to become the champion of Europe a.k.a champion of the world, kah kah kah......

So Paul, sleep well, Iker to see you continue to be remembered.

Watch the following video to see how Iker picked the winner, Manchester United.

27 May 2011

Champions League - Manchester United to beat Barcelona!

Manchester United has the great chance to dispose Barcelona in the Champions League final at London's Wembley stadium tomorrow 2.45 am Malaysian time if the Man U players employ the following strategies;

1. Prevent Barca players the luxury of passing game. This means the Man U players must employ close and tight man-to-man marking whenever the Barca players have the ball.

2. United players must cut out Barca from ball possession even from the back of their half. Get someone like Park Ji-Sung, O'shea, Flecher or anyone of the de Silva twins, who has proven strong and competent to able to mark tightly on the Barca playmaker Xavi. Similarly Man U must also prevent Barca midfielder Andes Iniesta the freedom of ball possession where most probably many will come from the passing game with Xavi and the other midfielder. The midfielders are the most lethal weapon for Barcelona and if this is successfully cut off bu Man U, then Messi, the little mouse might also be starved of ball feeding for him to shoot at Man U's goal. Whoever Sir Alex Ferguson lines up in his team, he must take into consideration of this aspect and I believe Ferguson, the great strategist knows about this.

3. By employing man-to-man marking, the Barca players will have limited freedom to push deeply into Man U's half, thus reduce Barca's chance to shoot at Man U's goal.

4. To win the game Man U must be able to create a lot of chances to bombard at Barca's goal. Firstly, Man U's players must have the total ball possession from the midfield and at every opportunity employs fast ball passing to Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez or perhaps Michael Owen who are capable of doing swift and fast counter attack to shoot at Barca's goal once they get hold to the ball.

5. Man U must also be regularly use the two wings, Valencia on the right, Nani or Ryan Giggs on the left to cross the ball high to Barca's goal mouth to create the opportunity for Man U's forwards and others to knock in the goals. Many of Man U's goals in the Premier League came by this tactic. Valencia, especially has the power and ability to out run and out smart his opponent when the opportunity arise. Giggs is good at dribbling the ball from the far left into the deep center of Barca's half and deliver the ball to the forwards to shoot at the goal. Barca's defenders, Puyol and Pique are said to be vulnerable at this department and they have the trouble to catch up with the fast and quick opponents when these situations arise.

6. Finally, from the experience of the last Champions League game between Man Utd and Barcelona where Man Utd was beaten 2-0, Barca players tend to cheat or used ungentlemanly methods to lure Man U players to react in such a way that allow the referee to punish Man U's players and to give unnecessary advantage to Barcelona to outwit Man Utd. Thus United players must always be diligent, patient and have lots of self control when dealing with Barca's players even tough they employ the tight and close man-to-man marking. This is to prevent the referee from flashing out any yellow card or red card which definitely would disrupt Man U's rhythm of play. The last time the sides met clearly showed this trend. Man U was controlling the game from the start till when Man U players were flashed with yellow cards and Vidic was punished with red card.

My desire is to see Manchester United to beat this so-called magnificent and great football team of Barcelona.

Come early morning of Sunday, 29 May 2011, the world will greet the new world champion, Manchester United.

This year Champion League final seems to be grander than the World Cup final between Spain and Holland in 2010. But alas, Paul the Octopus was not around to pick the winner.

Setiap Bangsa Itu Istimewa

by Afid M Noor

Bangsa, keturunan dan keluarga adalah perkara yang berada di luar kawalan manusia. Tidak ada sesiapa di dalam dunia ini yang boleh memilih untuk menjadi seorang Melayu, Cina, India, Kadazan dan lain-lain. Ianya adalah hadiah yang diberikan oleh Allah. Maka sudah pastilah setiap bangsa itu istimewa. Tidak ada sesiapa yang lebih dan tidak ada sesiapa yang kurang.

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Everyone knows this infamous phrase,
nobody is indispensable,

but then everyone still very much dependent on
someone who time and time again has
proven undependable and untrustworthy,
but why must everyone still harping and hoping
to this pseudo-indispensable someone,
instead of looking laterally on another one
who everyone has never given a chance to show
and to prove his worthiness
and someone who can be dependable,
thus everyone must casts away the wrong perception,
prejudice and negative assumption that
only this infamous indispensable can do the work
and deliver the goods,
so not the new someone,

but how could everyone knows that the future would be
definitely bad if everyone put the hope on this
new someone who before everyone had doubt
and had never given a chance to show
and to prove his talent and worthiness,
but the most important is that this new someone can be
dependable on and to deliver,
then why not everyone start to create the courage
and determination to take to the horn
and to make things happened by disposing the
pseudo-indispensable ,
and be confidence and have faith that the future of everyone,
no matter who you are, would be very much better
than what everyone can imagine off.

24 May 2011

10 Free Ways To Speed Up Your PC

By GalTime Nerd Chick Andrea Eldridge

1. Get Rid of the Nasties

Viruses and spyware don’t always break your computer, but they do always slow it down. They’re more common than you may think, and can hang out in your system, gumming up the works, without you even knowing it. Microsoft Security Essentials is a great, easy, all-in-one solution to keep your computer healthy and running in top form. Download it here.

2. Update Your OS

Windows issues updates all the time. These can patch holes in the software, closing vulnerabilities that viruses and spyware exploit, and generally make Windows run better. If you’re running Windows XP, right click on the My Computer icon on the desktop, select Properties and click on the Automatic Updates tab. Make sure you set them to download and install automatically.

3. Purge “Bloatware"

Still have that Norton Trial software installed from when you bought your machine three years ago? Get rid of it! Every time it pops up a window “reminding” you to buy it, I’m guessing a little voice in your head mutters unpleasant things. It’s also slowing down your system as the antiquated software runs in the background. Search for “Norton Removal Tool” (or “McAfee Removal Tool”) to make sure that you get the software fully uninstalled.

4. Speed Your Startup

MSConfig is a tool built in to most versions of Windows. Even novice computer surfers can use this tool to stop programs from starting automatically every time you boot up. While certain things are necessary for Windows to function, if your system is trying to turn on iTunes, your printer, and Adobe every time it boots up, the poor thing’s got a lot of things to get going before it can launch your Sudoku. Click the "Start" button. If you have a search option, type “msconfig” into the search field. If you don’t have a search option, but have a “Run” button on the startup menu, click that instead. When you do this, a window will appear on screen with the word "Run:" next to a blank text field. Type "msconfig" in the blank text field and press "Enter". Click the "Startup" tab at the top of the menu. Uncheck the boxes next to programs that you don't need during startup – but only programs you recognize! Click the "Apply" button, then select "OK", and restart your computer. I can almost hear your computer sighing in relief from here.

5. Defrag Your Hard Drive

Every time you save a file, or update software, your hard drive stores each new thing in chronological order. This means that when you launch Word, your system has to search all over your hard drive to find all the pieces that have been stored over the months, or years. Defragging simply means that your hard drive will take all the “like” things and put them together, allowing programs to launch and work faster. Windows 7 comes configured to defrag automatically, however Windows XP users will need to start the process manually. From the Start menu, right-click the “My Computer” option. Select “Manage” and choose disk defragmenter under the Storage section. Keep in mind that the process can take several hours, so set it to run at night. Also, remember to disable your system’s hibernate mode & screen saver before starting. When the process is complete, restart your PC.

6. Repair the Registry

Your system’s registry is like your hard drive’s table of contents. If there are incorrect entries, it can take your drive longer to find all the pieces of data it needs to launch and run programs. Glary Utilities is a great free application that you can install to quickly and easily fix registry errors and optimize your system’s performance. Download the free version here.

7. Clear Out the Cookies

Every time you visit a website, it stores little pieces of itself, or programs, on your system. The idea is that the next time you visit the site it will load that content faster. The problem is that it’s rare that we return to the same sites and see the same things over and over again. Instead, the process of digging through several MBs of temporary internet files will lead all websites to load more slowly. Clear out your cache with CCleaner , a top rated free software program for cleaning out temporary files and making your system run at its best. One tip: use the cookies tab to select cookies you want to keep from sites you visit often and/or want to continue to login to automatically (like your email, or your bank).

8. Clean it, No Really!

Your computer has a fan in it that draws in air to cool the CPU and components. If this fan or vent becomes clogged with dust, pet hair, or other nasties, your system can overheat, causing it to run more sluggishly and eventually break. Grab a can of air and take your PC outside for a field trip. Don’t just blow into the intake vent: open the case, don’t blow air too closely at the components, and blow dust away from the case.

9. Ditch Internet Explorer

There are many alternative browsers you can use to access the Internet. Most techies agree that Google’s Chrome is the fastest option that doesn’t compromise compatibility.

10. If all else fails…

A surefire way to ensure that your system is running as close to good-as-new as you can hope to get is to back up your data, format your hard drive, and reinstall Windows. Keep in mind that you will need to reinstall all of your software, including office. Don’t forget to install your anti-virus and anti-spyware before surfing the net!

Getting on a regular maintenance schedule will save you, and your trusty computer, much pain and suffering. Especially if these tips keep you from drop kicking your PC off the roof! If you’re struggling with any of these steps, or want more info, check out my website, www.callnerds.com.

Read more here.

21 May 2011

Stay Young and Happy (3)

Keep learning:

Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever....

Never let the brain get idle.

An idle mind is the devil's workshop.


Stay Young and Happy (2)

Enjoy the simple things.


Stay Young and Happy (1)

Keep only friends who inspire.
The grouches pull you down.


19 May 2011

Add Maths Paper 2 - Form 5 - Mid-Year Exam 2011 - Answer & Marking Scheme

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Correction For Question #4 and #10

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18 May 2011

Add Maths Paper 1 - Form 5 - Mid-Year Exam 2011 - Answer & Marking Scheme

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17 May 2011

The Fame of the Great Saladin

Written by Maclean Patrick, Malaysia Chronicle (Edited)

Saladin is not remembered by his ability at war but rather by his chivalrous nature.

Saladin was a gentleman when dealing with the Christians after taking over Jerusalem and when going head to head with King Richard the Lion Heart.

Upon entering Jerusalem October 1187, Saladin ordered his soldiers to not harm the Christians living there and not to damage any places of worship. Such was the benevolence of Saladin that Christian scribes would write about him and make him well known in Europe.

The fame of Saladin was not in his strength in battle but rather his form of leadership. Saladin is held in high esteem along with Richard The Lion Heart. And it must be stated that it was Saladin who negotiated the truce with Richard The Lion Heart, to keep Jerusalem under Arab rule in return for free passage for the pilgrims to visit the Holy city.

This was Saladin the man, the leader and the example.

On September 7, 1191, Saladin's forces lost to Richard’s army at the Battle of Asraf. During the battle, Richard lost his horse and Saladin sent two horses to replace the horse Richard lost.

Richard even proposed that his sister, Joan of England, Queen of Sicily, should marry Saladin’s brother, and that Jerusalem could be their wedding gift.

Such was the relationship between Saladin and Richard, who never met in person but communicated via messengers.

These are the things Saladin is remembered for throughout Europe.

700 years after the death of Saladin, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany donated a new marble sarcophagus to Saladin’s mausoleum which has the inscription - “A Knight without fear or blame who often had to teach his opponents the right way to practice chivalry”.

Read more here.

16 May 2011

Cancer Update

Cancer Update from John Hopkins

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9 When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal,Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
糖是癌的食物,若不食糖即刪除癌細胞很重要的一項食物供給。代糖如Nutra sweet, Equal spoonful等均是由Aspartame 組合而成的,是有害的。較好之天然代糖是 Manuka糖漿或Molasses糖蜜,但祇能取用少許。食鹽為使顏色變白而掺有化學添加物,較妥之選擇是海鹽。

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soya milk cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains,seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts)and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine.Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence,Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as well.
約翰霍普金斯已將這篇研究報告用新聞稿方式發佈,同時Walter Reed 陸軍醫學中心亦將這篇報告傳播

Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.
Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.

Recently, Dr.. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Castle Hospital , was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers.
前不久Dr. Edward Fujimoto在電視節目中談到健康之風險,他就強調戴奧辛對健康是多麼有害,因而請千萬不要用塑膠容器放入微波爐加熱食物。

This especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for heating food. You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be removed from the container and heated in something else.

Paper isn't bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a paper towel instead.

This is an article that should be sent to anyone important in your life.

Source: An email from Mr. David Ng.

09 May 2011

Aduhai!... Sekolah Ganti Hari Sabtu

Buat kerja yang tiada makna! Datang bekerja semata-mata memenuhi syarat untuk hadir tetapi kerja yang dibuat tidak seperti yang diobjektifkan.

Itulah keadaan sekolah ganti hari Sabtu. Entah berapa kali sekolah ganti hari Sabtu telah dibuat., saya pun tak ingat, lantaklah.... Yang terakhir ialah Sabtu lepas 7 Mei 2011 kerana mengganti perayaan Deepavali pada bulan November 2011. Sebelum ini sekolah ganti hari Sabtu seperti ini telah dijalankan bagi menggantikan Perayaan Tahun Baru Cina pada bulan Februari lepas dan Raya Aidil Fitri pada September 2011 nanti.

Baik betul pihak berkuasa di KPM kerana prihatin dengan perasaan para guru dan murid yang ingin merayakan perayaan masing-masing dalam tempoh yang panjang. Maka sekolah ganti Sabtu dirancang dengan awal.

Tapi, tidak pasti sama ada pihak berkuasa berkaitan dengan pelajaran atau pendidikan sedar bahawa kehadiran murid pada sekolah ganti hari Sabtu itu sangat mengecewakan! Ada kelas yang tiada langsung murid yang hadir.

Guru-guru sentiasa diingatkan melakukan penambahbaikan ke atas sesuatu program pendidikan yang telah dilaksanakan atau membuat kajian tindakan untuk mengatasi kelemahan atau masalah dalam pendidikan yang dikenal pasti.

Nah! Ini dia masalah yang nyata terpampang di depan mata iaitu majoriti murid yang tidak hadir ke sekolah ganti hari Sabtu. Apakah pihak yang berwajib telah melakukan kajian tindakan bagi mengatasi masalah ini?

Agak mudah sahaja bagi pihak berwajib iaitu mengarahkan pihak pengurusan sekolah berfikir di luar kotak dan bertindak dengan luar dari biasa bagi menarik murid-murid hadir ke sekolah pada sekolah ganti hari Sabtu. Mengarah memanglah senang, tapi bagi pihak yang melaksanakannya.... adakah pihak berwajib itu sedar seksanya!

Pihak pengurusan sekolah tidak boleh disalahkan 100% dalam perkara ini kerana mereka telah melakukan pelbagai cara bagi menggalakkan murid hadir ke sekolah, tetapi majoriti murid masih tidak mahu hadir ke sekolah ganti hari Sabtu. Ada sekolah yang sudah ketandusan idea. Idea bukan senang datang begitu sahaja. Adakala idea yang dilaksanakan memakan diri seperti mendapat tentangan pihak-pihak tertentu, terutama dari ibu bapa atau penjaga.

Apa pun, soalnya, adakah pihak berwajib telah melakukan kajian tindakan bagi mengatasi masalah ketidakhadiran murid-murid pada sekolah ganti hari Sabtu, sebagaimana guru-guru sentiasa diingatkan melakukan kajian tindakan?

Ada guru yang sudah menyindir, seperti ketam mengajar anaknya berjalan betul!

Satu pandangan... apakah salahnya kaedah yang telah dilaksanakan pada tahun-tahun 1990'an dan awal 2000'an di mana penetapan cuti persekolahan di fleksibel dengan mengambil kira cuti perayaan iaitu menetapkan cuti persekolahan pada cuti perayaan yang panjang itu. Tidak timbul pun soal sekolah ganti hari Sabtu dan masalah ramai murid tidak hadir pada sekolah ganti itu.

Kini timbul pula satu rungutan dari para guru, iaitu guru tidak lagi dapat menikmati cuti pada hari Sabtu kerana kena hadir hampir setiap hari Sabtu untuk aktiviti sekolah ganti dan majlis-majlis lain anjuran sekolah dan pihak-pihak berkuasa pendidikan yang lain! Perjuangan para guru untuk mendapatkan cuti hari Sabtu kini dinikmati dengan sepenuhnya oleh penjawat-penjawat awam yag lain. Alahai guru... padan muka kamu!

04 May 2011

How Osama bin Laden Was Detected and Killed!

Phone Call By Kuwaiti Courier Led To Bin Laden

WASHINGTON – When one of Osama bin Laden's most trusted aides picked up the phone last year, he unknowingly led U.S. pursuers to the doorstep of his boss, the world's most wanted terrorist.

That monitored phone call, recounted Monday by a U.S. official, ended a years-long search for bin Laden's personal courier, the key break in a worldwide manhunt. The courier, in turn, led U.S. intelligence to a walled compound in northeast Pakistan, where a team of Navy SEALs shot bin Laden to death.

The violent final minutes were the culmination of years of intelligence work. Inside the CIA team hunting bin Laden, it always was clear that bin Laden's vulnerability was his couriers. He was too smart to let al-Qaida foot soldiers, or even his senior commanders, know his hideout. But if he wanted to get his messages out, somebody had to carry them, someone bin Laden trusted with his life.

Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, detainees in the CIA's secret prison network told interrogators about an important courier with the nom de guerre Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti who was close to bin Laden. After the CIA captured al-Qaida's No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, he confirmed knowing al-Kuwaiti but denied he had anything to do with al-Qaida.

Then in 2004, top al-Qaida operative Hassan Ghul was captured in Iraq. Ghul told the CIA that al-Kuwaiti was a courier, someone crucial to the terrorist organization. In particular, Ghul said, the courier was close to Faraj al-Libi, who replaced Mohammed as al-Qaida's operational commander. It was a key break in the hunt for in bin Laden's personal courier.

"Hassan Ghul was the linchpin," a U.S. official said.

Finally, in May 2005, al-Libi was captured. Under CIA interrogation, al-Libi admitted that when he was promoted to succeed Mohammed, he received the word through a courier. But he made up a name for the courier and denied knowing al-Kuwaiti, a denial that was so adamant and unbelievable that the CIA took it as confirmation that he and Mohammed were protecting the courier. It only reinforced the idea that al-Kuwaiti was very important to al-Qaida.

If they could find the man known as al-Kuwaiti, they'd find bin Laden.

The revelation that intelligence gleaned from the CIA's so-called black sites helped kill bin Laden was seen as vindication for many intelligence officials who have been repeatedly investigated and criticized for their involvement in a program that involved the harshest interrogation methods in U.S. history.

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"We got beat up for it, but those efforts led to this great day," said Marty Martin, a retired CIA officer who for years led the hunt for bin Laden.

Mohammed did not discuss al-Kuwaiti while being subjected to the simulated drowning technique known as waterboarding, former officials said. He acknowledged knowing him many months later under standard interrogation, they said, leaving it once again up for debate as to whether the harsh technique was a valuable tool or an unnecessarily violent tactic.

It took years of work before the CIA identified the courier's real name: Sheikh Abu Ahmed, a Pakistani man born in Kuwait. When they did identify him, he was nowhere to be found. The CIA's sources didn't know where he was hiding. Bin Laden was famously insistent that no phones or computers be used near him, so the eavesdroppers at the National Security Agency kept coming up cold.

Ahmed was identified by detainees as a mid-level operative who helped al-Qaida members and their families find safe havens. But his whereabouts were such a mystery to U.S. intelligence that, according to Guantanamo Bay documents, one detainee said Ahmed was wounded while fleeing U.S. forces during the invasion of Afghanistan and later died in the arms of the detainee.

But in the middle of last year, Ahmed had a telephone conversation with someone being monitored by U.S. intelligence, according to an American official, who like others interviewed for this story spoke only on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive operation. Ahmed was located somewhere away from bin Laden's hideout when he had the discussion, but it was enough to help intelligence officials locate and watch Ahmed.

In August 2010, Ahmed unknowingly led authorities to a compound in the northeast Pakistani town of Abbottabad, where al-Libi had once lived. The walls surrounding the property were as high as 18 feet and topped with barbed wire. Intelligence officials had known about the house for years, but they always suspected that bin Laden would be surrounded by heavily armed security guards. Nobody patrolled the compound in Abbottabad.

In fact, nobody came or went. And no telephone or Internet lines ran from the compound. The CIA soon believed that bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, in a hideout especially built to go unnoticed. But since bin Laden never traveled and nobody could get onto the compound without passing through two security gates, there was no way to be sure.

Despite that uncertainty, intelligence officials realized this could represent the best chance ever to get to bin Laden. They decided not to share the information with anyone, including staunch counterterrorism allies such as Britain, Canada and Australia.

By mid-February, the officials were convinced a "high-value target" was hiding in the compound. President Barack Obama wanted to take action.

"They were confident and their confidence was growing: 'This is different. This intelligence case is different. What we see in this compound is different than anything we've ever seen before,'" John Brennan, the president's top counterterrorism adviser, said Monday. "I was confident that we had the basis to take action."

Options were limited. The compound was in a residential neighborhood in a sovereign country. If Obama ordered an airstrike and bin Laden was not in the compound, it would be a huge diplomatic problem. Even if Obama was right, obliterating the compound might make it nearly impossible to confirm bin Laden's death.

Said Brennan, "The president had to evaluate the strength of that information, and then made what I believe was one of the most gutsiest calls of any president in recent memory."

Brennan told CNN Tuesday that "there was no single piece of information that was an 'ah-hah' moment." He said officials took "bits and pieces" of intelligence gathered and analyzed over a long period of time to nail down the leads they needed.

Obama tapped two dozen members of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six to carry out a raid with surgical accuracy.

Before dawn Monday morning, a pair of helicopters left Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan. The choppers entered Pakistani airspace using sophisticated technology intended to evade that country's radar systems, a U.S. official said.

Officially, it was a kill-or-capture mission, since the U.S. doesn't kill unarmed people trying to surrender. But it was clear from the beginning that whoever was behind those walls had no intention of surrendering, two U.S. officials said.

The helicopters lowered into the compound, dropping the SEALs behind the walls. No shots were fired, but shortly after the team hit the ground, one of the helicopters came crashing down and rolled onto its side for reasons the government has yet to explain. None of the SEALs was injured, however, and the mission continued uninterrupted.

With the CIA and White House monitoring the situation in real time — presumably by live satellite feed or video carried by the SEALs — the team stormed the compound.

Thanks to sophisticated satellite monitoring, U.S. forces knew they'd likely find bin Laden's family on the second and third floors of one of the buildings on the property, officials said. The SEALs secured the rest of the property first, then proceeded to the room where bin Laden was hiding. A firefight ensued, Brennan said.

Ahmed and his brother were killed, officials said. Then, the SEALs killed bin Laden with a bullet just above his left eye, blowing off part his skull, another official said. Using the call sign for his visual identification, one of the soldiers communicated that "Geronimo" had been killed in action, according to a U.S. official.

Bin Laden's body was immediately identifiable, but the U.S. also conducted DNA testing that identified him with near 100 percent certainty, senior administration officials said. Photo analysis by the CIA, confirmation on site by a woman believed to be bin Laden's wife, who was wounded, and matching physical features such as bin Laden's height all helped confirm the identification. At the White House, there was no doubt.

"I think the accomplishment that very brave personnel from the United States government were able to realize yesterday is a defining moment in the war against al-Qaida, the war on terrorism, by decapitating the head of the snake known as al-Qaida," Brennan said.

U.S. forces searched the compound and flew away with documents, hard drives and DVDs that could provide valuable intelligence about al-Qaida, a U.S. official said. The entire operation took about 40 minutes, officials said.

Bin Laden's body was flown to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian sea, a senior defense official said. There, aboard a U.S. warship, officials conducted a traditional Islamic burial ritual. Bin Laden's body was washed and placed in a white sheet. He was placed in a weighted bag that, after religious remarks by a military officer, was slipped into the sea about 2 a.m. EDT Monday.

Said the president, "I think we can all agree this is a good day for America."

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02 May 2011

So, Osama Is Dead, What's Next!

Osama bin Laden was killed by a US military operation in Pakistan on Sunday, 1st May, 2011, about ten years after the 911 World Trade Twin Towers tragedy.

So, the end of an evil iconic figure who had haunted many, especially to the Americans, but will the world now in a better shape?

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