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New York nanny arrested in slayings of two young children

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 07:23 PM PDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny suspected of slaying two young children of a Manhattan couple last month in their luxury apartment was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder in their stabbing deaths, New York's deputy police commissioner said.

The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, was arrested over the deaths of 6-year-old Lucia Krim and her toddler brother Leo, who had been days shy of his second birthday, following a bedside interview at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.

A makeshift memorial is left outside the Krim family apartment in New York, October 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A makeshift memorial is left outside the Krim family apartment in New York, October 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

The children's mother, Marina Krim, found her son and older daughter stabbed to death in the bathtub as she returned home on October 25 from a swimming lesson with a third child, 3-year-old Nessie, who was unharmed, police have said.

The nanny, who remains hospitalized and under guard, then began stabbing herself in front of the children's mother in the apartment on Manhattan's affluent Upper West Side.

"No longer intubated and recuperating from what appeared to be wounds she inflicted on herself at the crime scene, Ortega agreed to talk to New York City detectives this afternoon," Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement.

"After the interview, at 6:06 p.m. today, Ortega was formally arrested and charged with murdering both children."

He said that Ortega, 50, was charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of second degree murder over the killings, which sent shock waves through the city.

Ortega, who had been employed by the Krim family for two years before the killings, lived with her son and sister near the Krims' apartment off Central Park and has been a naturalized U.S. citizen for a decade, police said.

She was apparently referred to the Krims by another family, police have said.

On the evening of the killings, Marina Krim had entered the apartment with her middle child after Ortega failed to meet them as planned at a local dance studio with the two other children.

Krim saw that the apartment was dark and returned to the lobby to ask the doorman if the nanny and kids had gone out, police said. The doorman said no, and she returned to the apartment and went into the bathroom, where she found the children.

Kevin Krim, the children's father and an executive with CNBC, had been heading home from a business trip, He was met by police at the airport and notified of the killings, police said.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing By Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Peter Cooney and Eric Walsh)

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New York nanny arrested in slayings of two young children

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 06:14 PM PDT

A makeshift memorial is left outside the Krim family apartment in New York, October 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

A makeshift memorial is left outside the Krim family apartment in New York, October 28, 2012. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York nanny suspected of slaying two young children of a Manhattan couple last month was arrested on Saturday and charged with murder in their stabbing deaths, New York's deputy police commissioner said.

The nanny, Yoselyn Ortega, was arrested following a bedside interview at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Centre where she remains hospitalized for apparent self-inflicted wounds, Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing By Cynthia Johnston; Editing by Peter Cooney)

Copyright © 2012 Reuters

Romney, Obama converge on Iowa in late scramble for votes

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 04:37 PM PDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (Reuters) - The U.S. presidential race, which has hinged for months on a handful of states, converged on one city in Iowa on Saturday as President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney each made a last-minute appeal for support before Tuesday's election.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to the crowd at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney waves to the crowd at a campaign rally in Colorado Springs, Colorado November 3, 2012. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

With the race in a dead heat nationally, both candidates touched down briefly in Dubuque, a Mississippi River city of 58,000 people, as they sprinted across the country in a bid to secure any possible advantage before Election Day.

In an airport rally early in the afternoon, Romney urged supporters to try to sway friends and neighbours who back Obama. He said he would reach out to Democrats as well if elected - a stance that could appeal to independent voters who have little stomach for partisan gridlock.

"I want you to reach across the street to the neighbour, who has that other sign in his front yard. And I'm going to reach across the aisle in Washington, D.C., to the politicians who are working for the other candidate," Romney told about 2,000 people.

Six hours later, Obama reminded about 5,000 people in a park in downtown Dubuque that he had started his first presidential bid in Iowa in 2007, and highlighted successes of his time in office, such as ending the war in Iraq and expanding access to healthcare.

"After two years of campaigning and after four years as president, you know me by now. You may not agree with every decision I made, you may have sometimes been frustrated with the pace of change. But you know that I say what I mean and I mean what I say," Obama said.

Earlier in the day in Ohio, Obama hammered Romney for opposing his bailout of the auto industry and said his challenger tried to scare workers by saying inaccurately that Chrysler planned to shift jobs to China.

About one in eight Ohio jobs is tied to auto manufacturing, and the bailout has helped Obama win over some of the white-working class voters who are heavily backing Romney in rest of the country.

"I've been a Republican for 35 years and I've never voted for a Democrat on the federal level - until now," retiree Patrick Dorsey said as he waited for Obama to speak. "Economically, Romney's just going to make the rich richer."


Romney will have a hard time winning the White House if he does not carry Ohio, and a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Saturday showed him trailing Obama by a statistically meaningless margin of 1 percentage point in the state. Other polls show him trailing by a larger margin in Ohio.

The race for the White House remains effectively tied at a national level, with 47 percent backing Obama and 46 percent supporting Romney, according to a Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll released on Saturday.

Still, analysts say Obama holds an edge in many of the eight or nine competitive states that will determine who controls the White House. Reuters/Ipsos polls released on Saturday showed Obama leading by 3 percentage points in Virginia but trailing by 2 points in Colorado. The two were dead even in Florida. All the results were within the credibility interval, a measurement of the accuracy of online polls.

Other surveys generally show Obama leading by narrow margins in Wisconsin, Nevada, New Hampshire and Iowa. Romney is considered to have the edge in North Carolina.

Romney has tried to expand the battlefield over the past week to states that had been considered beyond his reach.

"We win Pennsylvania, we save America in three days," Romney's vice presidential running mate, Paul Ryan, said at an airport rally in the state capital, Harrisburg.

Ryan is due to visit Minnesota on Sunday, another state that has been considered solidly Democratic. Romney himself is due to speak in Pennsylvania on Sunday.

Obama officials say the Romney campaign is visiting those states out of desperation because he has been unable to establish a clear lead in other battleground states.

Nevertheless, the Obama campaign is dispatching Vice President Joe Biden's wife, Jill Biden, to Pennsylvania and former President Bill Clinton to Minnesota.

On Saturday, Obama held a rally in Wisconsin, a state considered safely in his column earlier this year.

"You don't take anything for granted, you go as hard as you can to the end, and that's exactly what we're going to do in all our battleground states," campaign manager Jim Messina said on a conference call.

Obama started the day at the federal government's disaster-relief headquarters in Washington, where he received an update on the efforts to help North-eastern coastal states recover from devastating storm Sandy.

The storm has afforded the Democrat an opportunity to rise above the fray of campaigning. But it has also raised the stakes for him to show his administration can respond quickly and effectively in a crisis, as residents of New York and New Jersey vent frustration at power outages and gasoline shortages.

(Additional reporting by Samuel P. Jacobs, Matt Spetalnick, Jeff Mason and Mark Felsenthal; Writing by Andy Sullivan; Editing by Alistair Bell and Peter Cooney)

Copyright © 2012 Reuters


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Reel indulgence

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 02:35 AM PST

From hunks to cupcakes, take your pick.

CARE for some delicious indulgences this month? Then tune in to Li (Astro Ch 728) to follow the bittersweet journey of four hot-looking men turning their mutual dream into reality in Delicious Men.

Also, let Cupcake Wars 2 stimulate your taste buds and satisfy your sweet tooth and pick up some health tips from The Firm: Target Toning Zero-In-Ten that offers effective 10-minute workouts.

The Firm: Target Toning Zero-In-Ten (Nov 4, 7.30am) – You may now learn new fitness routines in the comfort of your home as Li brings you this brand new series. No time to work out? Stop giving excuses as you can now stay in shape even with a busy schedule.

Follow fitness experts Emily Welsh and Rebekah Sturkie as they lead five sets of 10-minute workouts specially designed to give you the benefit of a full-length workout in just a fraction of time.

Spare 10 minutes each day and you can stay trimmed and toned with these five challenging exercises for total body empowerment: Lean Legs, Fearless Arms, Bikini Body, Abs-olute Core and Bun Burn.

Cupcake Wars 2 (Nov 22, 9pm) – In Season Two of this reality-based programme, each episode features four of Los Angeles' top cupcake bakers as they face-off in a string of elimination challenges.

Judged based on taste and presentation, one baker will prevail and be crowned the ultimate winner, taking home US$10,000 (RM30,000) and a major showcase opportunity.

Hosted by Justin Willman, the show features Candace Nelson (owner of Sprinkles Cupcakes) and Florian Bellanger (chef and co-owner of online macaroon company MadMac) as the judges, while a guest judge comes on each week. It's time for the contestants to put on their helmet, pick up their frosting guns and go to battle!

Delicious Men (Nov 25, 9pm) – Four attractive South Korean men, each successful in their respective fields – a famous actor, a reputable online shopping mall owner, an established restaurant owner and a well-known designer – pledge to establish their dream restaurant with a limited capital. Delicious Men documents the journey of Oh Ji Ho, Oh Byung Jin, Kim Chi Young and Yoon Ki Seok searching for the perfect location, concept, recipe and interior design to materialise their dream restaurant.

Follow their trials and tribulations and witness their ups and downs in this Korean reality series. What will the chemistry be like among these four men with diverse lifestyles and backgrounds? Will they complement each other and create something unexpected? Catch these hot men in action to find out more. – Azhariah Kamin

Honouring a legend

Posted: 04 Nov 2012 02:36 AM PST

A SERIES of 10 telemovies based on Tan Sri P. Ramlee's song titles and lyrics will be shown on TV1 from tonight till Jan 6. The telemovie airs every Sunday at 9pm.

The Tribute To P.Ramlee telefilms were produced by Suhan Movies, in honour of entertainment legend P. Ramlee, broadcasting director-general Datuk Norhyati Ismail said in an official statement.

She said the series of telemovies, a joint effort involving Radio Television Malaysia (RTM), Suhan Movies and Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad, was another way of honouring P. Ramlee other than through musicals.

"The plot of each telefilm was inspired by P. Ramlee's song titles and lyrics. It posed a great challenge on the creativity of directors and their production crew to produce quality work as great as P. Ramlee during his glory days."

In appreciation of their creative abilities, she said they would be eligible to stand for nominations for the P. Ramlee Awards in February next year.

Nine awards will be presented on the P. Ramlee Awards Night, including best actor, best actress, best scriptwriter and a special Tokoh P. Ramlee Award.

Norhayati said apart from a professional jury, who would be evaluating the 10 telemovies, the audience could vote for the winners through nomination forms published by Utusan Malaysia.

Suhan Movies managing director Mohd Noor Shamsuddin, or better known as Rosyam Nor, said the idea of producing the telemovies came about due to his admiration for the legendary actor and singer.

The telefilms are Tunggu Sekejap directed by Along Kamaruddin, Getaran Jiwa (Michael Ang), Miang Buloh Keladi Birah (Bade Azmi), Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti (Osman Ali), Siapa Tipu Siapa (Aziz M. Osman), Jodoh Kita (Ismail Yaacob), Titisan Kasih (Rashid Sibir), Pelamin Di Pusara (Murali Abdullah), Hanya Dikau (Amie Maziah) and Selagi Cinta Berzikir (Erma Fatima).

Among the cast members are Aziz M. Osman, Dian P.Ramlee, Amy Mastura, Datuk Jalaluddin Hassan, Norman Hakim, Faezah Elai, Izzue Islam and Marsha Milan Londoh. – Bernama


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Racing: Wise Dan wins Breeders' Cup Mile

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 05:48 PM PDT

ARCADIA, California: Wise Dan, trained by Charles Lopresti and ridden by John Velazquez, won the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile on Santa Anita's turf track on Saturday.

The US turf star went off as the 9-5 favorite and took the lead at the top of the straight, overtaking pace-setter Obviously.

Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner, rallied from off the pace to finish second by two lengths, and Obviously held on for third ahead of the Aidan O'Brien-trained Excelebration.

Wise Dan, a 5-year-old gelding, posted his third straight victory.

Meanwhile Trinniberg, ridden by Willie Martinez, won the $1.5 million, six-furlong Sprint Saturday, one of nine races on the second day of the $25 million Breeders' Cup championships at Santa Anita.

Trinniberg, whose trainer Shivananda Parbhoo proudly displayed a Trinidad and Tobago flag after the triumph, dueled with Sum of the Parts for the lead on the turn for home, then held on to beat co-favorite The Lumber Guy by a length.

Smiling Tiger was third in the field of 14, Sum of the Parts settling for fourth.

Amazombie, winner of the same race last year at Churchill Downs, faded in the stretch and finished eighth.

In another race Little Mike pulled off a big upset Saturday in the $3 million, 1 1/2-mile Breeders' Cup Turf.

The 5-year-old gelding, trained by Dale Romans, sat off the pace set by Turbo Compressor, but under jockey Ramon Dominguez seized the lead in the closing straight and held off odds-on favorite Point of Entry and fast-closing St Nicholas Abbey, who was trying to retain the title he won at Churchill Downs last year.

Japanese raider Trailblazer bid for the lead in the straight but settled for fourth.

Little Mike was fourth off the turn for home.

Dominguez said the distance barred him from commiting to the lead earlier.

"I did get a great trip right off the leaders," he said. "When I asked him to run, he gave me a great kick."

It was what Romans had hoped for when he opted for the 1 1/2-mile race.

"We had been trying to stretch him out all year, so we decided to stick to our plan," Romans said.

"We talked over the race last night and thought those two horses (Turbo Compressor and Optimizer) would be gunning for the lead. We were going to try to sit right off of them. He showed he could rate.

"He's always been an overachiever, but he does deserve to be champion."

Point of Entry jockey John Velazquez said his mount suffered from a collision at the start.

"I got slammed coming out of the gate," he said. "And the horse in front of me kept coming in and out. By the time I got out, it was too late. He (Point of Entry) was by far the best horse in the race."

Since his Turf triumph at Churchill Downs last year, St Nicholas Abbey had won just once, in the Coronation Cup at Epsom.

He was never a factor in finishing 11th in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on October 7, but trainer Aidan O'Brien hoped the firm turf track at Santa Anita would suit him better.

Joseph O'Brien, whose victory last year aboard St Nicholas Abbey had made him the youngest jockey to win a Breeders' Cup race, said his horse ran well, but just didn't have quite enough.

"The trip was a good one for me," he said. "He relaxed well off a fast pace. When I asked him, he responded. We had to go a bit wide on the turn, but nonetheless he ran very well."

Another European hope, Shareta, finished fifth with Christophe Lemaire in the irons.

"She made a good run, but she couldn't get them," Lemaire said. - AFP

Warriors lose Rush for remainder of season

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 05:43 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES: Golden State Warriors reserve swingman Brandon Rush will miss the remainder of the NBA season after suffering a left knee injury, the team announced on Saturday.

The Warriors, who made the announcement at Los Angeles ahead of a game against the Clippers, said no surgery date has been decided but that Rush is expected to make a full recovery.

Rush tore his left anterior cruciate knee ligament in the first quarter of a 104-94 loss to Memphis after he jumped for a layup and came down awkwardly on his knee.

In two games with the Warriors over the first five days of the season, Rush averaged seven points a game. Last season, he averaged a career-best 9.8 points and sank 45.2 percent of his 3-point shots over 65 games for Golden State. - AFP

Tennis: I'll be world no 1 again, says WIlliams

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 05:41 PM PDT

JOHANNESBURG: World number three Serena Willams on Saturday vowed to top the WTA rankings again, after finishing a year that saw her make a remarkable comeback from a potentially life-threatening condition.

"I've been number one and believe me I'll be number one again," Williams told a news conference in Johannesburg during an Africa tour with her sister Venus to promote the sport among young girls.

Williams finished 1195 points behind top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on the WTA rankings, and 645 adrift of number two Maria Sharapova of Russia.

The rankings drew some criticism as Williams beat Sharapova in the WTA Championship in Istanbul last Sunday, and won two Grand Slams this year as well as Olympic gold in the singles and doubles in London.

But she was little concerned about the rankings, she said. "I'm not really thinking of it so much. I'm focusing on the Grand Slams."

"I had a slow start and that really affected my ranking."

Williams' stellar performance this year followed a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a potentially life-threatening blood clot on the lungs.

She is visiting South Africa with sister Venus to give tennis training in iconic township Soweto in Johannesburg and promote the sport under African girls after a similar trip in Nigeria earlier this week.

The sisters will play an exhibition match against each other on Sunday. - AFP


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Facebook's Sandberg sells $7.4 mln in stock

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 11:04 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and two other executives at the social networking company sold millions of dollars worth of stock this week as restrictions on insider trading expired.

Sandberg netted about $7.44 million by selling roughly 353,000 Facebook shares on Wednesday, according to a filing with the SEC on Friday. Sandberg still owns 18.1 million vested shares of Facebook stock, according to the filing.

Facebook General Counsel Theodore Ullyot and Chief Accounting Officer David Spillane also sold millions of dollars worth of shares this week, according to filings. All the Facebook executives' sales were part of pre-arranged stock trading plans.

The sales are the first by Facebook's senior management following the company's high-profile initial public offering in May.

The world's No.1 online social network became the only U.S. company to debut with a market value of more than $100 billion, but has seen its value plunge more than 40 percent since then on concerns about its long-term money-making prospects.

Shares of Facebook, which were priced at $38 in the IPO, closed Friday's regular session down 3 cents at $21.18.

The flood of shares set to hit the market as insider trading "lock-up" provisions expire in several phases have added to the pressure on Facebook's stock.

Roughly 230 million shares of Facebook became eligible for trading this week, as trading restrictions for employees expired. Another 800 million shares will be eligible for trading on November 14, significantly expanding the "float" of roughly 692 million Facebook shares that were available for trading as of September 30.

Facebook's 28-year-old chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has committed to not sell any shares before September 2013.

Ullyot sold slightly more than 149,000 shares on Wednesday and Thursday, collecting $3.13 million. Ullyot has an additional 1.27 million in vested shares.

Spillane sold 256,000 shares on Wednesday, more than half of his vested shares, for proceeds of $5.4 million. Spillane had more than 863,000 Facebook shares, including unvested shares, according to a filing in May. - Reuters

Unilever swaps earnings rat race for sustainability

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 11:02 PM PDT

WASHINGTON: Around the time of the 2008 global financial meltdown, consumer products giant Unilever decided to make a dramatic shift in strategy, away from meeting investors' quarterly expectations to a long-range plan that treads lightly on the environment and supports social goals.

Confident in profiting through doing good, the Anglo-Dutch maker of Dove soap, Ragu sauces and Lipton tea is working with the United Nations to save children's lives through handwashing and joining other corporations to stem illegal logging, among other things.

"We're not going into the three-month rat-races," Chief Executive Paul Polman said in a telephone interview last month. "We're not working for our shareholders. We're working for the consumer, we are focused and the shareholder gets rewarded."

Unilever's philosophical shift reflects increased awareness among corporations that long-range planning and future competitiveness depend on sustainability -- doing business without damaging or depleting natural resources.

A report this year by MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group surveyed thousands of managers in 113 countries. Seventy percent of the companies have built sustainability into their management agendas; two-thirds said sustainability is necessary to being competitive, up from 55 percent in a 2010 survey.

Unilever is hardly alone in taking on the sustainability mantle: General Electric , Nike , Levi's, Pepsi , Kraft Foods and Wal-Mart have all moved in this direction.

Caroline Flammer, a lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management, said that sustainability - also known as corporate social responsibility - used to be seen as a drain on profits, but that is changing.

"Recent surveys suggest that actually more and more CEOs believe that sustainability will be critical, a key factor for their competitiveness and business success in the future," Flammer said in a telephone interview.

This focus can improve corporate performance, she said, whether through more efficient use of materials, higher employee motivation or access to new market segments, such as consumers who care about sustainability.

At Unilever, the company's share price has doubled over the four years since its Sustainable Living Plan was implemented in November, 2010.

Unilever's quarterly sales growth, reported October 25, beat forecasts as demand for cleaning and personal care products in China helped it outshine rival Nestle .


Polman denied being purely idealistic.

"Business cannot survive in a society that fails, so it is stupid to think that a business can just be standing on the sidelines of a system that gives them life in the first place. So this is not idealistic at all. All of the actions that we do are hard-wired to our business purposes, hard-wired to our brands."

For Unilever, the Lifebuoy soap brand has been a leader in the push for sustainability, corporate responsibility - and sales.

Launched in Britain in 1894 as the "Royal Disinfectant Soap" by one of the original Lever Brothers, Lifebuoy was originally promoted for washing hands to ward off disease.

By 2012, the soap ranked as one of Unilever's fastest-growing brands, and the company partnered with the United Nations to promote Global Hand-Washing Day, an event embraced by 250 million people around the globe.

The hope, Polman said, was to save the lives of 600 million children under the age of five by curbing diseases like pneumonia and diarrhea - a "noble cause" that also happens to be good for business.

"Because we sell more Lifebuoy, we can do more hand-washing days, we can reach more people," he said. "And because we reach more people, we sell more Lifebuoy."

Another product Polman sees as a potential billion-dollar brand is Pureit, a home water purifying system that requires no gas or electricity.

"It's the mobile phone of drinking water," he said. "So yeah, we advocate clean drinking water, we advocate sanitation, but we do that with our brand. That's not altruistic, that's just common sense."


Like its competitors, Unilever has made inroads in emerging markets, but Polman said his company's strategy aims to lift up the 2.5 billion people on Earth who lack access to clean water and the 1 billion who go to bed hungry. Unilever's sustainability plan also looks to mid-century, when world population is expected to rise to 9 billion.

Polman said companies must embrace sustainability because "the political environment is breaking down," evidenced by the weak sustainability agreement reached at the United Nations Summit in Brazil and the inability to conclude pacts on curbing climate change or global trade.

"The need for companies to play a more active role is very transparent to me," he said. "It's too late for business to say, government should give me this or the government should give me that."

Instead of governmental agreements, he sees coalitions of corporations and sometimes non-governmental organizations as the way forward.

Polman said Unilever had cut carbon emissions by 50 percent over three years, and developed detergents with lower washing temperatures, which use less energy, and sustainable and alternative farming techniques, which also can decrease the emission of climate-warming carbon.

To combat illegal deforestation, which he said is estimated to be responsible for 17 percent of global warming, Unilever joined an industry consortium that agreed not to sell any products made as a result of this illegal practice by 2020.

"You focus on the right things, you put the consumer in the middle of all you do, and ultimately your shareholder will benefit as well, as a result, but not as an objective in itself," Polman said. - Reuters

Google's Android software in 3 out of 4 smartphones

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 10:55 PM PDT

SAN FRANCISCO: Three out of every four smartphones sold in the third quarter featured Google Inc's Android mobile operating system, as the gap between Google and Apple Inc-based phones widened further, according to a new research report.

Shipments of Android-based smartphones made by Samsung, HTC and other vendors nearly doubled in the third quarter, reaching 136 million units, according to industry research firm IDC. The strong sales boosted Android's share of the worldwide smartphone market to 75 percent, from 57.5 percent in the year-ago period.

Apple's share of the market increased to 14.9 percent during the third quarter, from 13.8 percent a year earlier. Apple's iPhone uses the company's iOS mobile software.

While Android pulled further ahead of Apple's iOS, its gains have come mainly at the expense of rival operating systems Blackberry and Symbian, with shipments of phones running those systems declining significantly.

IDC analyst Kevin Restivo cited Android's close "tie-ins" to Google's broad array of online services, which include online search and maps, as an important asset that has helped Android grow.

"Google has a thriving, multi-faceted product portfolio. Many of its competitors, with weaker tie-ins to the mobile OS, do not," Restivo said in the IDC report, which was released on Thursday.

Google offers its Android operating system free to phone manufacturers, and primarily makes money from online advertising when consumers access its services on the devices.

Research in Motion's Blackberry operating system had 7.7 percent share in the third quarter, compared with 9.5 percent a year earlier.

Symbian, which had 14.6 percent share a year ago, had a 4.1 percent share in the third quarter. Smartphone maker Nokia still offers the Symbian software in some of its phones, but the company has largely shifted to Microsoft Corp's software.

Mobile versions of Microsoft's software accounted for 3.6 percent of the smartphone market in the third quarter. But IDC said that the recent launch of the new Microsoft Phone 8 operating system could improve its position in the fast-growing market.


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Opposition rally draws fewer than expected (Updated)

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 08:51 AM PDT

SEREMBAN: Pakatan Rakyat's first leg of its nationwide "People's Uprising Assembly" kicked off Saturday evening at a large field in Seremban Jaya near here.

Several thousand people turned up but far short of the targeted 50,000.

The rally, which began at 4pm, took place under heavy police presence. It featured several speeches by Pakatan's leaders as well as musical performances.

The issues brought up by the speakers included Bersih's demand for electoral reform, the presence of foreigners in the electoral roll as well as the listing of Felda Global Ventures Holdings.

The proposed construction of a high-rise project near Batu Caves and the Automated Enforcement System were also raised.

Opposition leaders present included Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang and PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, better known as Mat Sabu, who was the first senior leader to address the crowd at about 10pm, said similar peaceful assemblies would be held nationwide and culminate with a mammoth gathering in Kuala Lumpur in January.

Lim, who took the rostrum later, said Pakatan was bent on changing the Government.

Earlier, the head of a coalition of 15 non-governmental organisations which had opposed the rally, Mejar (Rtd) Razali Zakaria, said the group had decided against meeting the organisers of the rally to ask them not to proceed with the event.

"Since we did not seek police permission to take our members there, we decided against meeting the organisers.

"If any untoward incident happens there, we hope no one will accuse us of being responsible," he added.

On Thursday, Razali had said that the group would do whatever within its means to ensure the rally was not held there.

Bentong Forestry Dept staff killed by intruder

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 08:35 AM PDT

KUANTAN: A forestry staff died at the district hospital here Saturday, more than two hours after a masked intruder attacked him with a shotgun at the victim's quarters in Jalan Tras.

Khairul Hazri Jamaludin, 31, who was attached to the Bentong Forestry Department, had earlier tried to defend himself and his 28-year-old wife when the man, who was armed with the shotgun, broke into the premises and attacked them.

In the incident about 4.40am, the man struck Khairul Hazri several times with the firearm, took away the couple's valuables and escaped.

Khairul Hazri was sent to the hospital where he died of head injuries about 7am.

The victim's wife sought treatment at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Hospital in Temerloh.

Bentong police chief Superintendant Abdul Aziz Salleh said the assailant was believed to have entered the house through the kitchen window. - Bernama

Man detained for allegedly making seditious remarks against Johor royalty

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 07:43 AM PDT

JOHOR BARU: A man has been detained for allegedly making seditious remarks against the Johor royalty on his Facebook page, a police source here said Saturday.

The source said the man was picked up at his office in Cheras on Friday and questioned at the Wangsa Maju police station before being taken to Johor.

It is learnt that the man is in his late 20s.

He is being held at the Johor Baru district police headquarters, the source added.


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Denzel Washington pilots 'Flight' through storm

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 09:41 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES - After a detour into animation, "Forrest Gump" director Robert Zemeckis returns to live-action film with "Flight," which starts with a plane crash but centers more on personal rather than airborne crises.

Denzel Washington stars as a pilot who becomes a national hero for managing to crash-land a malfunctioning jet but faces another harrowing descent when alcohol and cocaine are discovered in his system.

The movie, being released in North America this weekend, took more than 10 years to come together from a screenplay by John Gatins, whose previous credits include "Real Steel" (2011) and 2008's "Dreamer."

It took all of the A-list actor and director's Hollywood heft - and cuts in pay - to bring it to the screen.

Washington plays Whip, a commercial airline pilot whose skills and sang-froid help him save almost all of his plane's passengers and crew after it goes into a steep dive due to a technical problem.

But the media and popular adulation his achievement triggers come down to earth with a thud when lab results reveal his addictions, while he falls in love with a young drug addict who is also battling to get clean.

"Their substance abuse is the symptom of deeper problems," Zemeckis told reporters. "They were that way because they have deeper issues. They were using the chemicals, but it could have been anything: food, gambling, work.

"They just feel this sort of void," he added as he presented the film in Beverly Hills.

Washington agreed, saying that in preparing for the role he didn't focus on his character's alcoholism.

"I didn't really want to get too much into the AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) side of it, or try to be an alcoholic because he didn't think he was alcoholic," the actor said.

"I was a guy who drank. In my mind, he's like anyone who has one drink a week. He doesn't realize how far he's gone."

Screenwriter Gatins said the movie was partly autobiographical.

"I got sober when I was 25, so when I started writing the script I was probably 30 or 31. All those themes of alcoholism and addiction were kind of like in my whole life," he said.

"And I'm a nervous flyer," he told AFP. From its opening scene combining full-frontal nudity and lines of cocaine, it is clear that "Flight" differs from most big Hollywood studio movies, aimed squarely at selling tickets with superheros or romantic comedies.

It is reminiscent of the 1970s, "that glorious period where people made really .. tough movies to watch, that forced you to sit there, because they took their time sometimes," said Gatins.

"The business has changed and they want the biggest number of people to be able to go to see a movie.

"We didn't have a lot of money to do this movie. We needed Bob and Denzel to sign up to do this movie and kind of waive their fees. So many things had to happen and go right for this kind of movie to get made."

Nor does "Flight" fit into a specific genre.

"At some point I had the idea of making the investigation a bigger part of the movie. But could I do that but still be faithful to his point of view?" the writer asked.

"I kept getting rid of some of that stuff and focusing more on just his story, his journey."

For Zemeckis, who won best director Oscar for "Forrest Gump" in 1995 and whose films include the "Back to the Future" series and 2000's "Cast Away" starring Tom Hanks, the film marks a return to live action after animated movies including "The Polar Express" in 2004 and 2009's "A Christmas Carol."

Apart from the virtuoso crash scene in "Flight," the tone of the movie is personal and intimate, with flashes of humor.

"Humor is very important. I have this approach to movie-making that movies should be entertaining. That's what you go to the movies for," he said.

"It can be a very, very dark and serious and complex subject, but I don't think it has to be exclusive or devoid of any humor or any action or any suspense." - AFP


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Posted: 02 Nov 2012 04:55 PM PDT

The Transforming Leader
Author: Carol S. Pearson
Publisher: Berrett Koehler

No successful leader can succeed on their own in today's connected and fast-paced world. Leaders must optimise all of their own faculties and those around him. The book draws on contributors insights and experiences to discover how leaders today achieve transformational results. The Transformational Leader offers an overview of what transformational leadership is, how it works, and how it is evolving.

Repacking Your Bags
Author: Richard J. Leider and David A. Shapiro
Publisher: Berrett Koehler

Technological advances, economic shifts and, longer life spans means most of us will need to repeatedly reimagine our lives. Leider and Shapiro help you weigh all that you are carrying, leverage what helps you live well, and let go of the burdens that merely weigh you down.

The Outstanding Organization
Author: Karen Martin
Publisher: McGraw Hill

After two decades of helping companies become more efficient, Karen Martin has pinpointed chaos as the reason why performance management programmes usually fail. In The Outstanding Organization, Martin offers a toolbox for combating chaos by creating the organisational conditions that will allow for improvements efforts to return greater gains.


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We will not bow to threats, says Saravanan

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 05:13 AM PDT

DEPUTY Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing minister Datuk M.Saravanan said they will not entertain those carrying out demonstrations or threats on the Deepavali bazaar issue anymore.

He said it was a matter of following the law and procedure, therefore such unnecessary behaviour will not benefit anyone.

"The announcement of the bazaar lots were made last year, so people have been informed about the system.

"Last year when the bazaar were on the road pavement, there were protests from the blind community as well as the Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun but this year he is saying give the traders a chance.

"Even the building owners were unhappy as the bazaars were blocking their entrances, stating business losses were incurred. So the government and Kuala Lumpur City Hall took everything into consideration.

"The traders in Masjid India have no issue, so why are there problems with those in Brickfields? From what we know, some non-governmental organisation had taken deposit for the lots in January," he said.

Saravanan was speaking to reporters after visiting the Deepavali bazaar in Masjid India, where he met with traders.

The total lots in Masjid India are 42 with 28 active while Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman has 58 with 32 active lots. At Jalan Ipoh and Leboh Ampang, there are 18 lots with 10 active ones respectively.

In Brickfields, Lorong Chan Ah Tong has 76 lots with 70 active ones while Jalan Berhala has 85 lots and 32 active ones.

Resolving high tension issue

Posted: 03 Nov 2012 05:12 AM PDT

BANDAR Tun Razak MCA wants the "mystery" of the RM90mil high-tension cable network project in Taman Connaught, Cheras, resolved. Then they also want Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) and the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to have a dialogue with residents to brief them on the project.

Division secretary Foo Seck Chyn said that the best person to clear the air is the Bandar Tun Razak MP Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

"We want him (Khalid) as the MP of the constituency, to bring the matter up in Parliament and get the relevant authorities like TNB and DBKL to shed some light on this issue which has caused the community here much distress,'' said Foo.

"We want the project to be put on hold until better alternatives are found, such as burying the cables underground or maybe even push it further away from the residential areas,'' he said.

"At the end of the day, the people must know the truth and we feel that Parliament is the best platform to get answers. Since Khalid had denied giving any approval to TNB for the Mahkota Cheras 275kV high-tension project, we want him to find out who did,'' added Foo.

Foo said Khalid claims that approval for the high-tension cable network project was not given by the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES) does not hold water.

Foo pointed out several news reports last year that reported Khalid as saying that the state was allowing TNB to resume work on the stalled high-tension cable project despite objections from residents. He added that a letter has been sent to the MP's office requesting that he bring the matter up in Parliament.

Last week Khalid, who is also Selangor Menteri Besar. denied that the project was approved by the state government. He said that project was approved way back in 2007 when the state was under Barisan Nasional.

The controversial project started in 2008 and saw a line of transmission cable pylons erected at housing and commercial areas which stretched from Taman Connaught to Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

The project was put on hold for before high-tension cables were installed on the 42m-high pylons as the move drew several protests from the residents in the affected areas.

One of the bigger protests attracted 200 residents from 14 residents' associations in the Taman Cheras Hartamas and Taman Bukit Segar Jaya area.

They protested outside the gates of the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah building in Shah Alam last year after trying to hand a memorandum to Khalid.

Recently, TNB resumed work on the project. Taman Connaught resident Ong Sook Lay said that she was worried as the cables were too close to her home. "It is only 20 feet from my house and I was not informed about it by anyone,'' she said.

"How can it be right for projects of this magnitude to spring up in our neighbourhood without any consultation with the residents,'' she asked.

"I woke up one morning and there it was (pylons), why must they come sneaking in the night like thieves,'' asked Mohd Shalie, a resident of Bandar Tun Razak.

It was reported that the line will connect the main substation in Mahkota Cheras to the existing 275kV Serdang-Pudu Ulu and 132kV Balakong-Bandar Tun Razak lines which have reached maximum capacity.

This is to ensure sufficient supply to the Cheras area while taking into account future development needs in the area.

Part of the project also involves supplying electricity to the water treatment plant in Hulu Langat that has been reported to require 7MW (megawatt) by last year, additional 8Mnext year and 18MW by 2014.


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Kadazandusun high-priestess leads ritual to bless SEAREPA

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 08:36 PM PDT

SANDAKAN: Chanting age-old verses, a Kadazandusun high-priestess led 130 people from 11 nations in a ritual to bless the on-going Southeast Asia Renewable Energy People's Assembly (SEAREPA).

Gripping a bouquet of seven types of plants specially selected for the blessing ceremony, 76-year-old Niubin Livonis Tulus became the centre of attention as she slowly made her way on a canopy walkway at the Rainforest Discovery Centre within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve here.

She cleared the path for participants in what is locally known as the 'Mongimuau' or sweeping ritual. Niubin then conducted the Momokis or blessing of indigenous tree seedlings that were moments later distributed to participants, who then spread them into the forest from the canopy walkway.

Niubin is locally known as a Bobohizan, the indigenous name for a highly respected ritual specialist who leads a range of ceremonies, including making sure that communities are able to reap a good rice harvest.

At the end of the 45-minute ritual just before sunset yesterday, Niubin spoke briefly in the Kadazan language to let the organisers know that she wished the best for SEAREPA.

"I know that this event will be successful. I am so happy to be here, in the forest with all of you," she said softly, before gathering her things, packed tightly into one tiny bag.

The inaugural SEAREPA which drew 80 organisations is aimed at building an equitable, energy-secure future and strategic partnerships in the region and beyond.

SEAREPA is co-hosted by Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP), TONIBUNG (Sabah-based Friends of Village Development), Green Empowerment and the Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC).

Partners include the Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry, International Accountability Project (IAP), Pacific Environment, Samdhana Institute, WWF Malaysia, the Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (JOAS) and Coalswarm.

Crowd brave the rain to join in MCA mega dinner celebration

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 08:35 PM PDT

JOHOR BARU: The Chinese idiom feng yu tung lu, directly translated to staying together in the rain, perhaps, best describes the MCA mega dinner on a rainy night last Sunday.

Thousands of diners, many holding umbrellas, had stayed on in the open air Sultan Ibrahim Stadium in Muar to listen to MCA leaders who spoke on stage.

Is is certainly more than braving the rain though; as the popular phrase also denotes comradeship and loyalty that withstand the test of crisis.

The intermittent rain started about 6pm, an hour before the start of the dinner; but it had failed to stop some 8,000 people from making a beeline to the venue.

Datuk Ser Dr Chua Soi Lek who arrived early went round the stadium to greet the people.

The MCA president who took to the rostrum about 9pm, praised the people for staying on despite the rain, and this, he said, was testimony to their concern for the future of the country.

"Stability and harmony in the country will continue to thrive well with your strength and support, " he said at the event themed "Stability Above Chaos".

Dr Chua who was seen without an umbrella throughout the event, said there was a need to inform and explain to the people on the country's situation as general election drew nearer.

Admitting that the Barisan Nasional is not free from weaknesses, he pointed out that the Pakatan Rakyat is "far from its portrayal of a perfect coalition".

"While Barisan has a track record in nation building and an economic model to transform the country into a high income nation by 2020, the Pakatan only churned out populist policies, " Dr Chua said.

He also challenged Pakatan leaders to a debate if they felt what he said of the coalition was baseless.

He said among the pledges the Pakatan made to the people were; abolish the tolls, car taxes and Higher Education Loan Fund or PTPTN.

The Pakatan, he added, also pledged a minimum of RM4,000 monthly household income for Malaysians if the coalition makes it to Putrajaya.

There are 3.8 million housesholds who would benefit if it materialised, and this would cost the Government RM93bil annually, Dr Chua said.

"I have openly said many times that all the pledges by Pakatan will cost the Government at least RM200bil a year, and this will bankrupt the country within two years."

During the event, RM340,000 proceeds from the dinner was donated to 58 Chinese primary schools and two independent schools.

School receives RM50,000 donation

Posted: 02 Nov 2012 08:35 PM PDT

LABIS: SJK (C) Ai Chun in Tenang Station received a RM50,000 donation from members of public recently to upgrade infrastructure and facilities in the Chinese primary school.

The fund was raised by the MCA and presented to the school board of governors by Labis MP Datuk Chua Tee Yong.

School board chairman Low Kiong Chin said the school was established in 1935 in Voules Estate before it was relocated to its current location near Tenang police station in 1971.

"The buildings and infrastructure are old and need to be upgraded from time to time.

"We hope to provide a more conducive environment to the students," he said when met at the cheque presentation ceremony held at the school.

Low said the fund would be used to repair windows, doors, replace old computers and others.

The school has 145 students currently, he added.

Chua, who is Agriculture and Agro-based Industry deputy minister, thanked members of public who were generous and care about Chinese education.

"This shows that they have confidence in the party and the future of Chinese education in this country," he said, adding that he would leave it to the school to decide how it would spend of the fund.

Chua said he hoped the school would make full use of the fund for the benefit of the students.


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