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Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Israel announces Gaza sanctions in response to cross-border blazes

Israel announces Gaza sanctions in response to cross-border blazes

JERUSALEM: Israel imposed sanctions on the Gaza Strip and its dominant Hamas movement on Monday in retaliation for attacks by Palestinians using burning kites and helium balloons carrying blazing rags.
People taking part in more than three months of protests at the Gaza border have started scores of fires by sending the balloons and kites into Israel, vexing its advanced military which is used to dealing with more conventional weapons.
With southern residents and his far-right coalition partners calling for an end to the blazes, even if that required killing the kite- and balloon-fliers, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin announced the closure of Gaza’s main commercial border terminal.
Israel also cut the area fishing boats are allowed to operate off Gaza’s Mediterranean coast and blacklisted what it described as a pro-Hamas TV channel.
“We will crack down immediately on the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip,” Netanyahu told his parliamentary faction, to applause from lawmakers.
Wildfires have razed 7,000 acres of forests and farmland, Israel says.
The kites and balloons are the most effective weapon in the so-called “Great March of Return” protests that began on March 30 and which have met an often lethal Israeli army response. Gaza medics say 136 Palestinians have been shot dead.
Organizers say the Gaza demonstrations aim to press demands such as for a right to lands lost to Israel in the 1948 war of its foundation and for an Israeli-Egyptian blockade to ease.
Israel deems the protests a bid by Hamas to deflect scrutiny from Gaza’s governance problems and provide cover for armed border attacks.
Hamas decried Monday’s measures as “a new Israeli crime against humanity.”
“Hamas urges the international community to immediately intervene,” said Fawzi Barhoum, spokesman for Hamas, which is deemed a terrorist group by Israel and the West.
The shuttered Kerem Shalom crossing is Gaza’s main conduit for trade — albeit under years of Israeli restrictions. Israel said some humanitarian goods would still be allowed through the terminal.
An Israeli military statement said the Palestinian fishing zone off Gaza would revert to 11 km (6 miles) after being temporarily expanded to 17 km (9 miles).
Al-Quds, a Palestinian satellite TV station, was declared a terrorist organization by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who called it a “Hamas propaganda arm.” That put the station’s staff — including 15 in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and a freelancer in Jerusalem — at risk of arrest by Israel.
Lieberman said Israel did not seek a new Gaza flare-up.
“But the way Hamas is conducting itself — it is simply liable to spiral out of control, and it is liable to pay the whole price, a much, much heavier price” than in the last Gaza war, in 2014, he told reporters.
UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster

UN: 1 in 4 children live in country of conflict or disaster

UNITED NATIONS: A quarter of the world’s children — about 535 million — are living in a country affected by conflict or disaster, the head of the UN children’s agency said Monday.
Henrietta Fore told a Security Council meeting on children and armed conflict that it is “almost beyond comprehension” that one of every four young people are caught in that situation.
She pointed to children and young people whose lives are being shattered by conflicts, including in Yemen, Mali and South Sudan. She also cited youngsters recruited to fight, killed by a land mine or an attack on their school, and “losing hope not only in their futures, but in the futures of their countries.”
Sweden, which holds the Security Council presidency this month, organized the open meeting on the theme “Protecting Children Today Prevents Conflict Tomorrow” and sponsored a resolution unanimously adopted by the 15 members to strengthen UN actions to ensure the care and safety of youngsters.
“We are not doing nearly enough to protect our children,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who presided at the meeting, said, stressing that “350 million children are affected by armed conflict today.”
The resolution states for the first time that children recruited or caught up in armed conflict should be treated primarily as victims, he said.
It urges all countries “to consider non-judicial measures as alternatives to prosecution and detention that focus on the rehabilitation and reintegration for children formerly associated with armed forces and armed groups.”
Lofven said the resolution also for the first time makes the point that the needs and vulnerabilities of girls and boys are different and stresses that access for all youngsters to education and physical and mental health care is essential.
It also sets out a framework to reintegrate children associated with armed groups or armed forces into society, which “places children as part of the solution, not part of the problem,” he said.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley told the council that “more than 60 percent of people in conflict-affected countries are under the age of 25.” In countries like Afghanistan, an entire generation has never lived in peace, she said.
She stressed the importance of education as “a way to recover from conflict and prevent it in the future,” warning that children who grow up uneducated, unskilled and resentful “will be prime targets for recruitment by extremists and armed groups.”
Virginia Gamba, the UN special representative for children and armed conflict, said she is “profoundly shocked” by the more than 21,000 violations of children’s rights in 2017 recently reported by the UN, a significant increase from 2016.
“The majority of these despicable acts were perpetrated by armed groups although government forces and unknown armed actors played an important part,” she said. “Each and every one of them led to unspeakable suffering for children, families and entire communities.”
Gamba said the level and severity of the latest violations demonstrate the need for united action “to change the tide of history,” including by focusing on prevention and reintegration “to break cycles of violence” against children.

Monday, 9 July 2018

PRK Sungai Kandis Pada 4 Ogos Ini

PRK Sungai Kandis Pada 4 Ogos Ini

CYBERJAYA 9 Julai 2018- Timbalan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR), Tan Sri Othman Mahmood mengumumkan tarikh pilihan raya kecil Dewan Undangan Negeri ( DUN ) Sungai Kandis di adakan pada 4 ogos . Manakala hari penamaan calon pada 21 Julai ini.

Pilihan raya kecil itu perlu diadakan berikutan kematian Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Sungai Kandis, Mat Shuhaimi Shafiei, minggu lalu.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) di jangka mencalonkan seorang wanita , manakala Barisan Nasional yang ditunjangi UMNO setakat ini belum ada angin kuat,’ siapa calon mereka?.

Menurut sebahagian maklumat diperolehi melalui perbualan berkemungkinan besar UMNO akan mencalonkan muka baharu dari kalangan wanita Bahagian Kota Raja.



Pada PRU-14 penyandang DUN Sungai Kandis, Allahyarham Shuhaimi Shafiei berjaya memperolehi undi 23998 sekali gus menewaskan 3 parti lain, BN, PAS, PRM.

Shuhaimi menewaskan calon BN, Kamaruzzaman Johari dengan majoriti 12,480 undi.-SUMBER

Friday, 6 July 2018

Anak tiri Najib beri keterangan hari keempat

Anak tiri Najib beri keterangan hari keempat

PUTRAJAYA, 6 Julai — Riza Aziz, anak tiri bekas Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tiba di ibu pejabat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) di sini hari ini bagi memberi keterangan buat kali keempat berhubung siasatan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Riza, 48 yang menaiki kereta jenis Audi berwarna hitam tiba di ibu pejabat SPRM pada kira-kira 9.50 pagi.

Ini merupakan hari keempat berturut-turut Riza yang juga ketua pegawai eksekutif sebuah syarikat perfileman di Los Angeles, Amerika Syarikat diambil keterangan berhubung kes tersebut bermula Selasa lalu.

Sebelum ini terdapat laporan menyatakan anak tiri Najib itu dipanggil bagi membantu siasatan berhubung skandal 1MDB apabila ratusan juta wang syarikat berkenaan dipercayai digunakan untuk menghasilkan filem di Hollywood.

Pada Selasa, Ketua Pesuruhjaya SPRM Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull mengesahkan suruhanjaya itu hanya mengambil keterangan Riza dan tiada keperluan untuk SPRM menahannya setakat ini. — Bernama
RM100 juta wang PRU, tidak adil serbu Najib, kata Ellie

RM100 juta wang PRU, tidak adil serbu Najib, kata Ellie

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Julai — Pelakon Ellie Suriati Omar tidak terkejut dengan nilai rampasan di kediaman berkaitan Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Ellie, 47, berkata Umno sahaja memiliki 191 bahagian dan wang untuk jentera parti ketika pilihan raya perlu diagih ke cawangan seluruh negara.

“Saya tidak hairan ada beratus juta dalam rumah Najib sebab dia pemimpin Umno. Masa itu baru lepas pilihan raya.

“Baru berapa hari lepas pilihan raya, beliau tidak sempat pindahkan wang itu kepada Umno, selepas itu terus kena serbu. Adakah itu adil?” katanya.

Bulan lalu, polis merampas 72 beg berisi barangan kemas, pelbagai jenis mata wang dan barangan berharga dari kondominium mewah Pavilion Residences di Jalan Raja Chulan di sini.

Wang tunai dilapor berjumlah lebih RM110 juta manakala keseluruhan barangan tersebut dianggar sekitar RM1.1 bilion.

Mengecam kerajaan baru, Ellie berkata rakyat masih menagih janji yang ditabur Pakatan Harapan selepas hampir dua bulan Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14 (PRU14) berakhir.

“Sekarang ada harga minyak turun? Tol dan PTPTN mansuh? Manifesto mereka tidak masuk akal. Pada saya kita sendiri yang rugi,” katanya.

Beliau juga berpendapat, tidak adil Najib dijatuhkan atas sebab pelaksanaan cukai barangan dan perkhidmatan (GST) kerana wang berkenaan dipulangkan semula kepada rakyat.

“Najib seorang pemimpin yang saya bangga. Jika beliau dijatuhkan kerana GST yang diamalkan di 160 buah negara, ia satu kesedihan,” katanya.

Mahu orang Melayu bangkit dan sedar, pelakon filem “Paloh” berkata lebih membimbangkan wujud desakan untuk Jabatan Kemajuan Islam (Jakim) dimansuh.

Katanya, walau tidak berhijab, beliau konsisten mempertahankan Jakim dan Islam daripada dipertikai pihak tertentu.

“Saya tidak pakai tudung tetapi saya beragama Islam. Saya tidak suka Jakim dimansuhkan. Tidak perlulah saya bertudung untuk saya tidak bersetuju.

“Saya tidak pakai tudung kerana saya dalam industri seni. Nanti kalau ada tawaran watak pelacur tua, apa pula jika saya pakai dan buka semula tudung.

“Kita ada peranan masing-masing dan bertanggungjawab dalam kerjaya kita. Siapa yang tahu saya tidak berdakwah dalam karya saya? Saya adalah peranan di situ,” katanya.
Kempen ‘Free Najib’ dapat RM80,000 dalam 24 jam

Kempen ‘Free Najib’ dapat RM80,000 dalam 24 jam

KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Julai — Kempen mengumpul dana “Free Najib” yang dilancarkan semalam mengutip RM86,282 setakat 9.30 pagi ini.

Usaha membayar baki wang jaminan RM500,000 dimulakan timbalan ketua bahagian Umno Seputeh Datuk Mohd Razlan Rafii.

“Tabung ini hanya akan dibuka sehingga Isnin 9 Julai, jam 12 tengah hari,” coretnya di Facebook.

Penyerahan kutipan yang disalur ke akaun CIMB bernombor 8601952060 akan diserah kepada wakil Datuk Seri Najib Razak di mahkamah.

Rabu lalu, Najib dituduh atas tiga pertuduhan pecah amanah dan satu pertuduhan rasuah membabitkan dana RM42 juta.

Bekas perdana menteri itu dibebas dengan jaminan RM1 juta tetapi hanya RM500,000 diserah kepada mahkamah.

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