To commemorate the World Water Day JKR Brunei will hold a Photography Competition this 22nd March. The competition theme is water and security.
More information at their facebook page JKR.
Registration deadline will be at 8th March 2012, 4pm.
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Harry Styles this morning confirmed he has split from Caroline Flack after three months of dating.
The One Direction singer, who will turn 18 on Wednesday, told fans on his Twitter page that reports of the break-up from 32-year-old presenter Caroline were true.
However, Harry hit out at reports he had ‘dumped’ The Xtra Factor host, insisting the decision was mutual.
He tweeted: ‘Please know I didn’t “dump” Caroline. This was a mutual decision. She is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know.’
Harry and Caroline caused controversy when they started dating back in October due to the 15-year age gap.
But the pair ignored the criticism and have enjoyed a fun-filled fling over the past few months.
They consistently avoided being photographed together during their romance, with one of the only shots of the pair being a Twitter picture from the beginning of their relationship.
Getting together: The singer and TV host sparked controversy during their time as a couple
The pair were spotted leaving each other’s houses in the early hours of the morning on various occasions, but they were said to have split over the new year.
Harry and Caroline’s split came just weeks before he and band One Direction jetted off on their first American tour.
However, Caroline didn’t let her newly-single status affect her as she co-presented the ITV2′s coverage of the National Television Awards on Wednesday night.
Stepping on to the red carpet, she wore a colourful patterned dress with a pink shirt, while her tanned pins were on show.
The TV star spent five hours in the hairdressers’ chair, appearing with shorter, darker locks a few days ago.
And she’d clearly had a good time as she let herself loose following her presenting stint.
She tweeted the following morning: ‘My.head.hurts.’
Even with the long life expectancy of giant tortoises, an Aldabra Giant Tortoise named Adwaita blows all others away with a life lasting around 255 years. Estimates put his birth date around 1750, making him an entire generation older than the United States of America.
The tortoise was originally owned by a man named General Robert Clive, an important member of the East India Company, who got addicted to opium and killed himself in 1774. Barely a toddler at that time, Adwaita bummed around for a bit before eventually being transferred to an Indian zoo in 1875, where he spent the rest of his life eating and…that’s pretty much it. After his death in 2006, carbon dating on his shell confirmed his age, making him quite possibly the oldest living creature ever, and almost certainly the oldest living vertebrate.
The average lifespan for an elephant can be anything from 50-70 years, but the oldest elephant ever was named Lin Wang, who died in a Taiwanese zoo at the ripe old age of 86. But he managed to fit a whole lot of awesome into his life before then.
During World War II, the young pachyderm was recruited to move supplies for the Japanese army before being captured by the Chinese along with a dozen other elephants. At the end of the war, Lin Wang managed to survive the trek back to China from Burma, which was so difficult that it killed six of the other elephants. For the next few years, he was used to build monuments and joined a circus.
When China fell to the Communists in 1949, many people fled to Taiwan, and they brought Lin Wang along with them; within two years he was the only elephant out of the original 13 captured during the war that was still alive. Once safely in Taiwan he was finally placed in a zoo to live out his retirement in peace.
As he grew older, Lin Wang became famous and received the absolute devotion of the Taiwanese. Starting in 1983, his birthday was celebrated every year. Even his transfer from one zoo to another brought thousands of people out to watch. When he finally died in 2003, tens of thousands of people left cards and flowers outside the zoo, including the then President of Taiwan.
While most cows consider 25 years to be extremely old age, Big Bertha was born while World War II was still raging and died after most of the people reading this were born. In between, she managed to fit in a lot more excitement than a normal cow. Besides pushing out 39 children, for which she was awarded a Guinness World Record for most calves from one cow, she also managed to help raise $75,000 for cancer by making celebrity appearances at cattle fairs.
Being a true Irish lass, Bertha regularly led her local St. Patrick’s Day parade, but since the noise and all the people were a bit much for her, her owner always calmed her nerves by feeding her whiskey beforehand.
Bertha was eventually awarded her second Guinness honor for Oldest Ever Cow. When she died, the locals held a wake for her in her favorite pub, which was “packed to suffocation” with people toasting her memory. If you ever want to go see her, her stuffed body is on display at a farm in Ireland.
Charlie is a crotchety old blue macaw that may have already lived through three centuries and is still going strong. While it’s impossible to know the exact date he was born, estimates put it around the very end of the 19th century, and even if those estimates are off by a few decades, he has still lasted a lot longer than the average 50 year life span of normal macaws.
His current owner claims he was a favorite pet of Winston Churchill’s, who supposedly acquired Charlie in 1937 after the macaw had already managed to outlive two previous owners. While the Churchill claim is hotly debated, what is certain is that whoever did own Charlie during World War II taught him to say some very dirty phrases, mostly about Hitler and the Nazis.
His speech is so vulgar that his current owner, who says he purchased Charlie from the Churchill estate after Winston died in 1965, was forced to keep him instead of selling him in his pet shop as he had originally intended.
Remember those fair games where you could win a goldfish? These are an important part of childhood, because they teach kids about the briefness of life, when the fish inevitably dies 3 days later. If you are lucky it might live a year or two. That’s probably what Mr. and Mrs. Hand where expecting when they let their son Peter try to win a pair of fish in 1956. Little did they know they would be taking care of one of those fish into their 70s.
After a few suicide attempts in his youth, Tish settled down with his bowl mate Tosh. That carnival worker must have been feeding all of his fish something pretty amazing, because Tosh didn’t expire until 1975. Normally that would be pretty impressive for a goldfish if his friend Tish hadn’t made lasting 19 years look pathetic, by living until the ripe old age of 43.
A year before he died, Tish was awarded the title of Oldest Goldfish by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Keith and Donna Barton bought Matilda for $10 at a fair in 1990. Instead of putting her in a chicken coop or eating her or any of those normal things you expect people to do with chickens, they put Matilda to work as a part of their magic act.
They probably expected to replace their poultry assistant a lot sooner than they did, though; while most chickens only live 7-8 years, Matilda was still kicking after 15. She never laid a single egg in all that time, an abnormality that some chicken experts think may have directly contributed to her long life.
In 2001, Matilda became the first chicken to place in the Guinness Book of World Records as “World’s Oldest Living Chicken.” This led to the second horrible thing her owners put her through: a spot on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In her later years, Matilda used her celebrity for good, attending many charity functions. She died in 2006.
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Who would have thought that the world’s first ‘trillionaire’ would come from Malaysia, a Malay even? At first glance, his looks screams mediocre businessman yet he is said to be the founder of one of the most influential oil and gas company who managed to extend six arms throughout the world. Despite his extraordinary wealth, he must have stayed low all these while (and I wonder how he managed to do that?!). Even his Facebook fan page has only 281 ‘Likes’. For a trillionaire he must have lived such a low-key life.
Who is Kamal Ashnawi, really? Even Google didn’t provide much information on him.
His name became a household topic in less than a week when he held a press conference and claimed that he is worth 5 trillion euros (equivalent to RM20 trillion). That is well in excess of Carlos Slim Helú, Mexican telco tycoon (touted) the world wealthiest man in 2011 by Forbes Magazine and number 23 in the world’s most powerful people list.
The man even outranks Oprah Winfrey, the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world’s only black billionaire.
Anyway, Malaysian Digest had the ‘privilege’ to meet him recently along with few other journalists to seek his story on why he had returned to help the Malays by ‘sharing’ some of his wealth. So, a bit of a background… Kamal was born and raised in Tanjung Malim Perak. He did his schooling at Sekolah Alam Shah (SAS) in Selangor for his secondary education. He later went to Dartmouth College in UK for his Marine Engineering and continued to further his study in Delft TU in the Netherlands.
For almost 20 years he resided in the Netherlands and became a Dutch citizen before he made a decision to return to Malaysia to be a good Samaritan to the people in his homeland. Prior to this, Kamal has been working as a consultant with Royal Shell and other Sierra Petroleum project companies. And, by the way, the man has 16 international passports (top that!).
Kamal’s Wonderland Projects
His vast experiences in oil and gas also include working experiences with some EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction, and Commissioning) companies in Europe. Given that, he intended to develop a World Class Petroleum Industry Hub here in Malaysia and within Asia.
“This is my last bid to help the Malays and enterprises by investing in three projects in Perlis, Johor and Kelantan, in the near future,” he was quoted in the media.
Kamal plans to propose projects such as commercial tourist center in Kuala Perlis, theme parks themed Pirates of the Caribbean in Danga Bay, Johor Baharu, as well as a commercial project in Kelantan.
“I plan to build a replica of the giant squid just like in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie, and the squid would emerge from the sea just like the movie where its tentacles would spin around and around,” said Kamal narrating about his proposed project in Danga Bay.
Not just that, he also dreams of building the biggest swimming pool in the world with buildings underneath the pool, and also a reconstruction of the pyramid which is said to be impossible to build. Sounds like a fantasy, doesn’t it? Well, nothing’s impossible… yet, if you really have the dough, it could be possible… maybe… perhaps.
Anyway, about his projects in Perlis and Kelantan, Kamal plans to turn Kuala Perlis into a tourist hub that can put Langkawi to shame. In Tumpat, Kelantan, he plans to build a royal residing place – a place exclusively for the royalties to live in.
Unfortunately, Malaysia does not recognize him in the list of rich and famous. He was unheard of in Malaysia except in 2005 when he proposed and was turned down for an oil refinery project in Malaysia. Now he wants to renew the ‘kinship’ with Malaysia in developing a petroleum hub in Malaysia and he intends to give his company to be managed by a group of Sekolah Alam Shah’s alumni.
When asked whether he had intended to meet the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he retorted with the question, “Why should I meet him? You tell me why should I meet him?”
President of Sierra Petroleum
As the president of Sierra Petroleum, Kamal has spearheaded the company to its extensive acclaimed income of US$1.5 trillion despite its mediocre looking website. Sierra Petroleum operates exclusively in oil and gas activities primarily engaged in acquiring, developing, exploiting and producing oil and gas properties.
Sierra Petroleum also manages and handles pools of various funds in the international financial market including the running of high-yield financial programs and channeling out and distributing the profits derived from Sierra Petroleum World Corporate Wealth Program. Sierra Petroleum Regional Division includes Africa, Oceania, Asia, Europe and America.
Emperor of Indonesia, China and Prince of India
Kamal also claimed throne of Indonesia, China as well as the prince of India. Claimed to be a royal descendant from Java, Indonesia, with the name Raden Mas Prabhu Gusti Agung Ki Asmoro Wijoyo, and a reincarnation of China’s past emperors. However, he told that he is expected to be crowned as ‘Emperor’ of Indonesia carrying the names ‘Paduka Ekatat Pangeran Ratu Gusti Agung Sri Maharaja Prabhu Hyang Ida Bathara Svambhu Raden Mas Ki Asmoro Wijoyo’ or ‘Paduka Shah Alam Tengku Khalifatullah Kamal Ashnawi Putra Al-Rashid Maliqul Muqsith Syed Putra Alam Shah’ in the next few years in a grand coronation ceremony. (Raden is a noble term bestowed automatically to the second until seventh descendents of the king who had ruled Java.)
He is said to be traveling exclusively with his private jet and enjoys his singledome since he has eight ‘dayangs’ (female attendees) to cater his every whims. During the interview, he tells that once he is crowned as the Emperor of Indonesia, he will have 800 ‘dayangs’ and 1,200 bodyguards accompanying him, and he will have eight private planes traveling with him whenever he visits a country. Yup, that’s what he said.
An interview with Mingguan Malaysia revealed that he is indeed a trillionaire and he backed up his claims by presenting copies of bank statements from HSBC in London to the few ‘selected’ reporters. The bank statement alone is a supple evident of him to become the first person in the world to be called “trillionaire”.
But where was he all these while? Why can’t Forbes netted him as one of the most influential people or slipped him into the list of the world’s richest? According to Forbes, the richest man Malaysia is Ananda Krishnan, which has a wealth of “only” US$9.6 billion.
Kamal explained during the press conference that his wealth was derived from the royal heritage through the accounts of the Combined International Collateral Accounts of the Global Debt Facility in 1875 and that he is the owner of the combined account and sole arbiter of royal assets.
“It’s a cumulative amount of generations of assets since 1,500 years ago,” said Kamal explaining on how one is able to attain such ridiculous amount of wealth.
A claim was made that in 1875 the wealth and assets of the royal families and nations held under colonial rule were centralized into one combined account to be used to the benefit of all nations of the world.
Kamal admitted living abroad to take care of business following the failure of a crude oil refinery project in Kuala Kedah he advanced in 2005.
Regarding the HSBC claim, the media is still waiting for the response from HSBC Holdings plc (commonly known as HSBC) headquarters in London, in support or refute of Kamal’s claim.
And, before he ended the press conference, he gave out a message that said, “This is the first and the last time you’ll see me.” Thank God we took some pictures of him…