Sunday, December 16, 2012

20 children among 26 victims of Connecticut school shooting

Sunday, 16th December 2012
Kuantan, Pahang

Another shooting incident in the USA. The shooting occurred In Newtown, Connecticut USA, on Friday, 14th December 2012 around 9.30AM local time.
Firefighters attach black bunting to a fire truck as a memorial at the fire station down the street from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on Saturday, December 15. A gunman killed 26 people at the school, including 20 children, before taking his own life on Friday.

Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver II talks to the media about the elementary school shooting during a press conference at Treadwell Memorial Park on December 15.

Zulma Sein is hugged by a family member outside of the entrance to the Sandy Hook School on Saturday.

Connecticut State Police Lt. Paul Vance addresses the press on December 15.

Police officers stand at the entrance to the street leading to the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 15.
Connecticut, USA ( Courtesy of CNN) : Dressed in black fatigues and a military vest, a heavily armed man walked into a Connecticut elementary school Friday and opened fire, shattering the quiet of this southern New England town and leaving the nation reeling at the number of young lives lost. Within minutes, 26 people were dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School -- 20 of them children.
Among the six adults killed were Dawn Hochsprung, the school's beloved principal, and school psychologist Mary Sherlach. The shooter, identified by three law enforcement officials as 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also was killed, apparently by his own hand. Separately, his mother's body was found at a Newtown residence.
"Stuff like this does not happen in Newtown," a tight-knit community of about 27,000 just outside Danbury, said Renee Burn, a local teacher at another school in town. In the past 10 years, only one homicide had previously been reported.
How the school shooting unfolded
Student: I saw bullets going past With the death toll at 26, the Newtown shooting is the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, behind only the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech that left 32 people dead.

A child and her mother leave a staging area outside Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 14.

People weep and embrace near Sandy Hook Elementary School on Friday, December 14

President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School during a press briefing at the White House on December 14.


  "Evil visited this community today," Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy said of Friday's massacre. How do we stop the violence? Young students described being ushered into bathrooms and closets by teachers as the first shots rang out. Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher, locked her classroom doors, covered the windows and read a story to her 19 students to keep them calm.
Third-grader Alexis Wasik said police and teachers barged into her classroom and told students to hide in the corner. "Everybody was crying," she said. "And I just heard the police officers yelling." One parent who was in the school at the time of the shooting said she heard a "pop, pop, pop," sound around 9:30 a.m. In the room with her were Hochsprung, the vice principal and Sherlach. All three left the room and went into the hall to see what was happening.
The parent ducked under the table and called 911. "I cowered," she told CNN's Meredith Artley. The shooter "must have shot a hundred rounds." Responding police officers helped evacuate the children, telling them to hold hands and keep their eyes closed to the carnage as they exited the building. 'I hope my mom is ok': Tweets from the shooting As reports of the shooting surfaced, frantic parents descended on a nearby firehouse where the children had been taken.
"Why? Why?" one woman wailed as she walked up a wooded roadway leading from the school. 'It doesn't seem possible' Police declined to speculate on a motive Friday evening, citing the ongoing investigation. Lanza had no known criminal record, a law enforcement official said.
Alex Israel, a former classmate of Lanza's, described him as "quiet" and "reserved." "You could definitely tell he was a genius," Israel told CNN, adding she hadn't talked with him since middle school. "He was really quiet, he kept to himself."

Three weapons were recovered from the school: a semi-automatic .223 Bushmaster found in a car in the school parking lot, and a Glock and a Sig Sauer found with Lanza's body, a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said. The weapons were legally purchased by Lanza's mother, the official said.
The official said Lanza died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Lt. J. Paul Vance of the Connecticut State Police said that the medical examiner will determine the cause of death for the gunman, though he noted that police never discharged their weapons. In addition to the killings at Sandy Hook, another adult was found dead at a second location in Newtown, Vance said.
A law enforcement source with detailed knowledge of the investigation identified that person as Lanza's mother, Nancy. Despite earlier reports that said she was a teacher, Nancy Lanza was not a teacher at the school where the killings took place, said Janet Vollmer, a kindergarten teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Meanwhile, authorities in Hoboken, New Jersey, were questioning Ryan Lanza, the suspect's older brother, law enforcement sources said, though they did not label him a suspect. Lanza's father, who lives in Connecticut, was similarly questioned, one of the law enforcement officials said. Earlier, investigators had identified Ryan Lanza as the shooter. It was not clear what caused the confusion among investigators.
The fact that so many of those killed were young children -- Sandy Hook serves students in kindergarten through fourth grade -- touched a nerve across the world Friday, from U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders expressing grief to regular folks reacting with horror on social media as the news unfolded.
The overwhelming sentiment: Hug your kids closely. Obama, a father of two girls, wiped away tears while delivering a statement about the shooting, saying, "Our hearts are broken today." "The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old," he said. The bodies of the young victims remained where they fell Friday night, as authorities worked to positively identify them.
Flags were ordered to fly at half-staff nationwide in tribute to the victims, and candlelight vigils were planned across the country as Americans came together to try to comprehend the tragedy. At a vigil in Newtown, just a mile away from the school, mourners spilled from St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church, which was filled to capacity. "This is most definitely the worst thing we've experienced in town," Newtown Police Lt. George Sinko said.

Parents, meanwhile, struggled to come up with answers for their children who were among those safely evacuated Friday. Aimee Seaver's daughter is a first-grader at Sandy Hook. "It's a very rough night here," she told "AC 360." "When your first-grader goes to bed and says, 'Mommy, is anyone from my class last year -- are they all OK?' and you look at them and say, 'I'm not really sure,' it's a rough night to tell that to your 7-year-old."
It is not yet known how the gunman entered the school. Slain principal worked to keep students safe Hochsprung, the slain principal, had recently installed a new security system to ensure student safety. Under the new system, every visitor was required to ring a doorbell at the front entrance after the doors locked at 9:30 a.m. and report to the main office to sign in. Police began receiving reports of shots fired around 9:40 a.m. Friday

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Sunday, 16th December 2012
Kuantan, Pahang

If Malaysians want to put this nation to a right track in the Corruption Index, we must give Pakatan Rakyat a chance to rule this nation, by vote BN out in the coming General Election.
Despite Malaysia's high-profile anti-corruption crusade, half of the corporate executives surveyed by a global corruption watchdog believe that competitors have obtained business in the country through bribery.
The only way how to clear this country of corruptions is by voting BN Out in the coming GE.
Transparency International said Malaysia scored worst in the 2012 Bribe Payers Survey. It asked nearly 3,000 executives from 30 countries whether they had lost a contract in the past year because competitors paid a bribe, and in Malaysia, 50% of them said 'yes'.
Second on the dubious honor roll was Mexico, which was at 48%. According to the Wall Street Journal, Japan was ranked as the world's least-corrupt place to do business, with just 2% of respondents saying they had lost out due to bribery.
Malaysia's neighbour Singapore was second-cleanest, which was at 9%. Even Indonesia, with a long-standing reputation for corruption, fared better than more-developed Malaysia. By comparison, 27% of respondents in China said they thought bribes had cost them business, the report said.
"It shows the attitude of private companies in Malaysia, indicating that bribery in the public sector could be systemic and in a sense institutionalized," Paul Low, president of the Malaysian chapter of Transparency International, said.

To understand further on corruption in Malaysia, every reader of this blog is advised to follow the Deepak saga......Remaung6Renjer

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Najib's Another Election Promise For Ex-Servicemen

Sunday, 16th Dec 2012
Kuantan, Pahang

Kalau pada tahun lepas mereka menjanjikan untuk memberikan pencen kepada semua bekas tentera yang tidak berpencen yang tidak pernah dilaksanakan, pada kali ini beliau menggunakan platform Jabatan Veteran iaitu platform serta kemudahan yang sedia ada untuk memancing undi bekas tentera. Tapi saya ingin menasihatkan bekas tentera, jangan terpedaya. Kalau Pakatan Memerintah, dengan pengurangan rasuah akan membuatkan mereka boleh memberi lebih daripada apa yang dijanjikan oleh BN.
Kepada Bekas Tentera Semua, Jangan Kalah dengan Rasuah Politik Najib....Remaung6Renjer
Semalam Najib telah melancarkan bantuan-bantuan untuk bekas tentera terutamanya mereka yang tidak berpencen. Tapi saya ingin mengingatkan anggota bekas tentera semua bahawa itu hanyalah janji politik. Kalau tidak percaya, saya ingin mencabar tuan-tuan semua untuk memohon bantuan berkenaan jawapan yang biasa kita dengar adalah "Peruntukan tidak Cukup".
Sila baca Laporan BERNAMA di bawah.
Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak hari ini melancarkan Program Pengiktirafan Veteran 1Malaysia (1MVRP) yang menggariskan tujuh inisiatif bagi menjaga kebajikan dan memperkukuhkan tahap sosio-ekonomi veteran Angkatan Tentera Malaysia (ATM).
Tujuh inisiatif berkenaan ialah Program Penempatan Kerja untuk Veteran; Program Bimbingan Usahawan Veteran; Program Meningkatkan Penerimaan Latihan Perbadanan Hal Ehwal Bekas Angkatan Tentera (Perhebat) oleh Industri; Kad Privilege 1Malaysia; Pusat Sehenti Veteran 1Malaysia; Program Pembangunan Keluarga Veteran 1Malaysia serta Program Membaikpulih dan Membina Rumah Veteran 1Malaysia.
Najib berkata 1MVRP adalah satu lagi produk 1Malaysia yang dilaksanakan di bawah Strategi Lautan Biru Kebangsaan. Beliau berkata program berkenaan akan memberi manfaat kepada semua veteran tentera termasuk 243,500 veteran tentera yang tidak berpencen. "Ia boleh dianggap sebagai satu lagi produk 1Malaysia yang bertujuan supaya setiap kelompok tidak kira latar belakang, wilayah atau komuniti mesti mendapat sentuhan, faedah dan pembelaan daripada kerajaan," katanya pada majlis pelancaran program itu di Kuala Kangsar.
Mengulas lanjut mengenai inisiatif berkenaan, Najib berkata melalui Program Penempatan Kerja untuk Veteran, syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC) dan swasta yang terlibat akan menawarkan peluang pekerjaan kepada veteran ATM yang berminat. Beliau berkata sebanyak 4,300 jawatan kosong dijangka ditawarkan oleh syarikat berkenaan khusus untuk veteran ATM.
Katanya bagi kumpulan yang berminat untuk melibatkan diri dalam bidang keusahawanan, latihan keusahawanan juga akan disediakan kepada mereka. "Kerajaan memperuntukkan RM3.5 juta melalui inisiatif itu untuk diagihkan kepada veteran yang berminat dan dana ini akan diuruskan oleh Perhebat dan dikawalselia oleh Tekun Nasional," katanya.
Beliau berkata kerajaan juga akan memperluaskan Kad Privilege 1Malaysia yang diberikan kepada anggota tentera sebelum ini kepada veteran ATM. "Sebagai sebuah kerajaan yang prihatin maka kerajaan ambil keputusan keistimewaan ini akan turut diperluaskan kepada semua warga veteran ATM," katanya.
Beliau berkata bagi memastikan veteran ATM mendapat akses kepada maklumat dan pertolongan yang diperlukan, kerajaan akan mewujudkan Pusat Sehenti Veteran 1Malaysia. Najib berkata kem-kem tentera terpilih akan dijadikan pusat sehenti untuk mereka membuat rujukan dan pertanyaan.
Selain itu, beliau berkata Program Pembangunan Keluarga Veteran 1Malaysia diwujudkan untuk pembangunan sosio-ekonomi keluarga veteran ATM bagi membolehkan mereka menjana pendapatan yang lebih baik dan stabil. Katanya program itu akan dilaksanakan dengan kerjasama Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat melalui program 1Azam.
Perdana Menteri berkata bagi memastikan keselesaan hidup veteran ATM, kerajaan turut melaksanakan Program Membaikpulih dan Membina Rumah Veteran 1Malaysia. Katanya sebanyak 49 rumah veteran ATM dibina atau dibaik pulih di seluruh negara tahun ini manakala 100 rumah disasarkan akan dibaik pulih atau dibina tahun depan.
Najib berkata pelancaran tujuh inisiatif berkenaan membuktikan keprihatinan dan pengiktirafan kerajaan terhadap warga veteran ATM yang telah berkorban memastikan keamanan negara. "Saya hargai apa sahaja yang dilakukan oleh para veteran tentera. Apa sahaja yang dikecapi ketika ini atas jasa, perjuangan dan bakti anggota tentera," katanya sambil menjelaskan bahawa kestabilan ekonomi Malaysia juga diperolehi hasil daripada pengorbanan anggota tentera yang memastikan keamanan negara.
Najib memberi jaminan bahawa kerajaan Barisan Nasional (BN) akan terus menepati janji untuk memastikan kesejahteraan rakyat. "Inilah yang saya katakan bahawa berbeza antara kerajaan dan pembangkang. Kalau kita janji kita tepati, tetapi pembangkang hanya janji kosong... BN bawa keamanan dan kestabilan, pembangkang bawa kesengsaraan dan huru hara, tidak sealiran dan kucar kacir," katanya. - Bernama
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