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Tamparuli Sabah - A place to visit

Tamparuli Sabah was known as an old town rich with cultural value and fascinating places. The town located in the middle of Tuaran District, 36KM from the main city of Kota Kinabalu, easy to be found and a lot of surprises waiting for the visitors. The visitor will be fascinated with The Extreme Para Gliding Sport, The legendary of “Bukit Perahu”, Hatob-hatob Waterfall, Hanging Bridge and The Old Suspension Bridge Made by the British in the early 50s, The one and only "The Upside House Of Borneo" and Chantek Borneo Gallery if you visit Tamparuli Sabah. ( Please read more inside this website). For local tourist who likes to travel outside Malaysia, you can e-mail to D7tours and Travel Co through Harry.george@gmail.com. For International tourist who wish to visit Sabah The Land Below The Wind, you can e-mail or call to our correspondent travel agency:

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Unduk Ngadau Tuaran and Tamparuli 2012


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No 7, Unduk Ngadau State Level Kaamatan 2012


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Top 17 Unduk Ngadau State Level Kaamataan 2012 



Posted By: Harry George

10 Totally Surprising Celebrity School Superlatives



Sometimes a kid just has that "it," and everyone knows he's going to make the big time. There are those lucky few who never had an awkward phase, or who were always blowing people away with their talent at a young age. For these people who are now celebrities, it's no big shock to hear they were named "most handsome" or "most likely to succeed" in their high school yearbook. But sometimes the personas we associate with certain celebrities were yet to be recognized in their school days. Here are 10 celebrities who were dubbed with surprising superlatives by their schoolmates.

Michael Jackson, Shyest:

He was The King Of Pop. Five of his albums debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. His Thriller album is the biggest-selling record of all time. And yet, after two years at Montclair College Preparatory School in Van Nuys, Calif., Michael Jackson was listed as "Shyest" in the school's 1976 yearbook, years after becoming known as the star of The Jackson 5. He is also listed in the yearbook as "Best Dressed" and "Most Creative," but no real surprises there.

Tom Cruise, Least Likely to Succeed:

Because his father was constantly moving the family as he looked for work, Tom Cruise attended 15 different schools over 12 years. Maybe that's why his classmates at one of his schools did not know who they were dealing with when they voted him "Least Likely to Succeed." For more than 25 years he's been one of Hollywood's most bankable stars, with his movies grossing billions of dollars worldwide. As he said in a recent interview, "I decided that I’m going to create, for myself, who I am, not what other people say I should be."

Kim Kardashian, Most Likely to Meet Her Husband at the Million Man March:

Apparently Kim Kardashian went to school with some really catty witches. At Marymount High School, a private, all-girls Catholic school in Bel Air, young Kim was named "Most Likely to Meet Her Husband at the Million Man March," as well as "Most Likely to Lie About Her Ethnicity." Yes, she was so concerned with hiding her background she started a reality TV show featuring her entire family. As for the Million Man March thing, about a zillion magazine covers beg to differ with your assessment of Kim's attractiveness to males.

Robin Williams, Least Likely to Succeed:

Another world-famous celebrity and another way off "Least Likely to Succeed." In 1969 it was Robin Williams' turn to receive the ignominious mantle, in his senior year at Redwood High School in Marin County, Calif.. In the school's defense, it was the only year Williams attended Redwood. His track coach still refers to Williams as being "kind of quiet" when he was a student. But soon after graduation, Williams set off on the course that would see him to an Academy Award, two Emmys, five Grammys, and four Golden Globes.

Gillian Anderson, Most Likely to be Arrested:

If you had to guess which X-Files agent was voted "Class Clown" in high school, you'd go with Mulder, right? Turns out the woman behind no-nonsense agent Dana Scully was not only a prankster in her teenage years, Gillian Anderson was voted "Most Bizarre" and "Most Likely to be Arrested" by her peers at City High School in Grand Rapids, Mich. The latter turned out to be spot-on: she was arrested and jailed the night of her graduation for gluing the locks on the school doors. Fortunately she was able to charm the cops into reducing the crime to trespassing.

Erin Brockovich, Least Likely to Succeed:

It's really hard to become famous for being an environmental activist. Leo DiCaprio has acting, and Al Gore has inventing the Internet, but Erin Brockovich became famous by helping bring a lawsuit against a polluting power company. According to her classmates at Lawrence High School in Kansas, she should not have been successful in this undertaking. But she was, winning $333 million for the plaintiffs. And as the president of her own consulting firm, she clearly plans to continue defying that negative superlative.

Colt Ford, Biggest Flirt:

Colt Ford is an up-and-coming player on the country rap scene. His fourth album will be released soon, and he hangs out with Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean. He recently told an interviewer that he was named "Biggest Flirt" at his Georgia high school. If you've seen Ford, you know this is kind of surprising. The guy, shall we say, eats well. He also has some facial hair that permanently looks like he decided to get rid of his goatee and shaved the chin, then decided he wanted to keep the goatee after all. Long story short, he's not what you picture when you hear the word "flirt."

Sylvester Stallone, Most Likely To End Up in the Electric Chair:

Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone attended the private Notre Dame Academy in Philadelphia in the late '50s. It was here that Sly says he was appallingly named "Most Likely To End Up in the Electric Chair." This assessment was made not by fellow students, but by teachers. Imagine! Adult educators predicting a middle school kid will end up being executed by electricity. We get that he's a tough-looking guy, but come on now, Notre Dame. You're better than that.

Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman, Least Likely to Succeed:

We're counting Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman together because they shared the "Least Likely to Succeed" stigma at the Pasadena Playhouse in California, their alma mater. It doesn't seem to have bothered them; Hoffman now says, "We fully expected to be failures for our entire life." Of course, failure was not in the cards. At the Academy Awards in 1968, the two were in attendance as nominees: Hackman for Best Supporting Actor and Hoffman for Best Actor. They've been two of the most prolific and accomplished actors in Hollywood ever since.

Kevin Federline, Most Likely to be on America's Most Wanted:

First off, let's acknowledge that Kevin Federline's net worth is estimated at $6,000,000. He reportedly only got $1 million in his divorce from Britney Spears, meaning he's parlayed being Mr. Britney Spears into a $5 million gig. So it was a little unfair for Federline's peers at Tenaya Middle School in Fresno, Calif. to predict he would one day be on America's Most Wanted. Yes, he looks the part. But to be "wanted" would mean he'd have to initially elude cops after committing a crime, and we're not so sure he could pull that off.

May 30, 2012

With permission from....
Florin Church

Alloy Gamad @ Gantok


A new singer from Tamparuli or should I say, his original birth place was Kg Malangan Baru Kiulu. I know this talented person since the year 1990. He was a bit younger than me and we shared the same school at SMK Pekan Tamparuli. Last time I remember, I had met him in the early year of 2010 and since than we just use the social networking Facebook as our communication tool to get latest news. Hurrrah for him... at last he manage to make his debut album. Congrats to him. Thumb Up My Friend! 

Well Done.............. All the best



Music Video: Youtube, Jan 2012
Posted by: Harry George

Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan 2012


To all Tamparulians and Tuarans, Kotobian Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan... kada padalaai doh moginum kio... Happy Harvest festival to all Sabahan and Peace be with us forever... Don't forget to visit the Harvest Festival final ceremony at KDCA (30-31st May 2012). Do give support to our unduk Ngadau from Tamparuli and Tuaran contestant. All the best and please enjoy the song.




Selamat Hari Pesta Menuai 2012
From: Harry George and Family

Tadau Kaamatan Season 2012


It's the Kaamatan season 
By: Tan Sri Herman Luping 

THE song entitled "Nokoikot noh vagu bulan lima" composed and sang by Datuk Sundang Alex is a popular song and we hear it aired in Radio Malaysia, Sabah, Kadazan section almost daily now.
It is one of the many songs composed and sang by Kadazandusun with the harvest festival connection.

The most popular which is almost a signature tune for all harvest festival celebration is the one composed and originally sang by the late Datuk James Ongkili, entitled "Tadau Tagazo Do Kaamatan".

Both Ongkili's and Sundang's song are popular because of the catchy tunes and also because of the lyrics or wordings in the songs.

The lyrics are very apt for a harvest festival celebration and more, both in fact exhort the Kadazandusun community to unite and celebrate the festival together. In the "Tadau Tagazo do Kaamatan" the term "Kadazan" is used, and its use is to emphasize that all those celebrating are Kadazan - (Kadazan tokou ngaavi). But in the late and early 80s, this term was erased from the song for some reason or other, probably because some people did not like the term Kadazan. I noticed that even the word Kaamatan was replaced by the term "Kokotuan" at one time by a district level celebration.

This, I understand, was a move to try to differentiate the two terms, Kaamatan and Kokotuan, as two different terms: Kaamatan is to refer to the Kadazan faction use of this term and 'Kokotuan" to refer more to the Dusun faction. It seems to me, however, that this is wrong in concept and wrong in the meaning of the two words.

Both the term Kaamatan and Kokotuan are used by both factions - Kadazan or Dusun, to begin with.

However, it is more the meaning of the two terms that differ. Whereas Kaamatan has the connotation of harvesting padi, the term Kokotuan, on the other hand refer more to mean harvesting vegetables.

Kaamatan comes from the term "Mongomot"- harvesting padi and Kokotuan is derived from the word "Mongotu"-to pluck plants such as leaves or vegetables. Obviously the purpose of using Kokotuan in one district level in the late 70s was because of "politics"- an attempt to show differences between the Kadazan faction and the Dusun faction.

Happily this is now a thing of the past. The use of the original song composed and sang by the late Datuk James Ongkili is back in vogue and the term Kadazan is therefore sang with gusto by the singers.

In any case, the young ones singing the song on stage probably do not know what is all the "commotion" about the term.

The month of May was introduced as the Kaamatan festival month by the PBS government in the late 80s.

It was a popular decision by all and the members of the Kadazan Cultural Association (KCA) was the first to celebrate the Kaamatan on the last two days of May - 30th and 31st.

Later, the KCA leaders, led by Tan Sri Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan decided to change the name of the association to KDCA, meaning, Kadazandusun Cultural Association. Most, if not nearly all Kadazandusun leaders were united under the PBS roof (government) then and the leaders in the United Sabah Dusun Association (USDA) were also with the PBS.

Leaders from USDA and KCA then decided to merge the two associations and hence the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA) was formed and named. However, USDA was not dissolved as the argument was that if it was dissolved, some one would form another association with the same name.

The important point, however, is that the Month of May was chosen as the month to celebrate the harvest festivals, with all districts given the dates of their respective district level celebration by the leaders running the KDCA.

The 1st of May was also decided as the day when the Kaamatan Harvest festival is kick-started.

The chosen district for the 1st May Kaamatan festival was on a rotation basis, so that every district is given the chance to organise the kick-start celebration. The draw-card for the 1st May kick-start celebration of the Harvest Festival is the Chief Minister who normally comes to launch the month-long Kaamatan celebration.

The President of the KDCA who is also the Huguan Siou, Tan Sri Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan is always present in this important event.

The 1st of May kick-start celebration of the Kaamatan has become an institution in the State and more so the two-day Kaamatan celebration on 30th and 31st May every year. The 30th May celebration is nearly always opened by the Chief Minister, in this case, Datuk Seri Panglima Musa Haji Aman and the closing ceremony on the 31st May is performed by TYT the Head of State, Tuan Yang di-Pertua Negeri, in this case, Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Juhar Mahiruddin. Both the Chief Minister and the Head of State are the draw cards for the crowd to come in these occasions.

But the biggest draw card on the final day is probably the Unduk Ngadau (Beauty Queen) contest in the afternoon. The KDCA building is just about bursting to capacity, all because the Unduk Ngadau contest has become very popular. The search for the Kadazandusun Unduk Ngadau is a commemoration of Huminodun, the daughter of Kinoingan and Suminundu who, as the legend says, lived in Nunuk Ragang in the beginning of time for the Kadazandusun. Huminodun, as the legend says, was sacrificed when there was famine and her flesh was turned into padi. Her spirit later was called Bambaazon, the spirit of the padi.

In all the celebrations of the harvest festival, either at the State level, district levels and even at the Kampung levels there is also a fun fair atmosphere. The State level celebrations have grown tremendously from how it was celebrated in the early beginning of a State level celebration of the harvest festival. From a humble beginning, the celebration is now a big one, and probably much more expensive than it was originally.

I remember the first celebration of the harvest festival organised by the Kadazan Society was held at the St Michael's school, Penampang.

It was a simple celebration and a beauty contest was also held.

Later, the celebration was moved to the Kota Kinabalu (Jesselton then) Community Centre.

The celebration was always financed by the late Tun Fuad Stephens who was elected/appointed the first modern day Huguan Siou in 1959 by the Kadazan Society, Penampang. A buffalo was butchered for the occasion. This was traditional in the villages then - the better off villager or Orang Tua providing the finance for the occasion, and a buffalo being butchered was part of celebration.

Some dignitaries - mostly senior civil servants, budding politicians and captains of industry (not many in KK then) were invited to attend.

And the celebration was always held at the KK community centre.

The "Magavau" was also performed. And because of proximity, the bobohizans of Penampang ( from Kg Tua-ui) led by the legendary Penampang bobohizan, Odu Bianti and her students performed the Magavau in the community centre. I believe Odu Bianti is the direct descendant of Monsopiad, a legendary big and strong Kadazan of the era.

There is now a Cultural village called Monsopiad in Penampang today.

This cultural village is a tourist destination area. It is run by Odu Bianti's grandson, hence another direct descendant of Monsopiad, Awad Berjarai.

In fact, the cultural village is going to be the main location for the shooting of the RTM tv series of " "Pangazou", a novel of this title by this writer.

The RTM Tv Series was launched by Datuk Seri Musa Haji Aman, the Chief Minister, last week.

But back to the Kaamatan festival or Pesta Kaamatan as it is now officially recognised.

The celebration in the early 60s, then was simple and not so expensive. It was a one day affair, and held at the community centre.

Most of the people attending are the members of the Kadazan Society, Penampang and when a political party was formed in 1961, members of the United National Kadazan Organisation (UNKO), and also Tun Stephens friends amongst the British civil servants.

The expenses would not have amounted to more than one thousand dollars, considering that one buffalo in those days cost not more than 500 dollars.

The drinks were hiing or tapai brought over from the villages and soft drinks.

I remember the man who was always in the centre of organizing the celebration was the late Datuk Fred Sinidol. He is the brother-in law ( beras in Kadazan) of Tun Stephens. Fred was the first head of the newly introduced Kadazan section of Radio Sabah then. And so, it was also Fred who first introduced Kadazan music such as the sompoton, the bungkau, the flute and the tongkungon. The musicians for these musical instruments were introduced on stage at the community centre and they played their instruments, much to the enjoyment of those present.

But the most popular presentation was the "Magavau" with the dancers led by the Bobohizans of Penampang with Donsia holding his Pangazou sword high above his head as they danced round and round ( seven times) the stage, all dressed up in their bobohizan attire and headdresses.

Then the sumazau for the invited guests would take place-and always led by the Huguan Siou, Tun Stephens and his wife, Toh Puan Stephens.

Today, things have changed. The Pesta Kaamatan is now a much bigger affair and more expensive to run, I am sure. We cannot stop progress, for such is what has happened. We have progressed - and all for the better.

And today, Pesta Kaamatan is now a much looked-forward to affair by people and has also become an important dates to remember in our calendar, -- by all, including the travel agents for the ever growing number of visitors to our State.


Walk 10,000 steps a day



Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin on Saturday extolled the virtues of walking 10,000 steps a day, saying this holds out the promise of a good health.

He said through this activity, one also could reduce cholesterol levels, control blood pressure, weight, reduce stress, maintain muscle strength and reduce risk factors for osteoporosis.

"People can practise to walk a distance of seven to eight kilometres per day without any cost and if you do this activity, I believe you will have an active physique," he said during the launching of the "10,000 Langkah Merentas 1Desa Mukim Petagas" programme in Putatan.

The programme was organised by the Putatan District Health Office in collaboration with the Petagas Health COMBI (programme to prevent and control dengue).

"It is not an excuse to be inactive people if you say that you are busy every day or have other commitments and that you do not have time to care for your health, as we can do physical activity either at home or the workplace.

"For example, you can choose to use the stairs instead of taking a lift at your workplace, especially those who work on the first or second floor and for those who are at home, they can clean their house manually and visit their neighbours by walking," he said.

Some 1,000 residents including parents, youths and children participated in the programme where they walked about seven to eight kilometres to increase health awareness among residents.

Also present were Penampang Health Officer, Dr Mohammad Safree Jeffree, Kg Petagas Development and Security Committee Chairman, Ramlin Ladis, and community leaders.


Don't build holiday homes along foot hills of Mt Kinabalu



Think twice if you're planning to build your holiday home along the foothills of Mount Kinabalu. Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said this after last week's landslide at Kg Kiau Taburi in the Kota Belud district some 70km from here. He said much of the hillside around the mountain, particularly in Kota Belud, Kundasang and Ranau, was unstable and prone to landslips. "These areas are usually exposed to heavy rainfall and when this happens, it is difficult to prevent landslides.

"We hope that villagers will think twice or even thrice about building their houses on the hillside. Try avoiding hilly areas," said Pairin. "It was lucky that no one was hurt in the incident last week," he said, referring to the rescue of an elderly couple after their house was swept away by a rubble of earth and broken tree branches.

The area in Kg Kiau Taburi and two other nearby villages had also previously experienced a number of landslides, he pointed out. Pairin advised people living on the hillside of Mount Kinabalu to immediately inform the authorities if they spotted signs of earth movement or cracks on the ground. He also said that he hoped a 4km alternative route to Kg Kiau Taburi would be completed soon, attributing its delay so far to constant rain. He said plans were also in place to seal the longer stretch, which would cost RM18mil, adding that state Public Works Department workers were still unable to enter the landslide area due to its instability. The landslip caused a 200m cave-in at the village's main road access.

By: Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan




Transfer back Sabah teachers



Teachers should be posted to their states of origin with the aim of raising the standards of education in their own backyard. Most of the participants especially educators and leaders of Parents and Teachers Associations (PTAs) made this suggestion at a dialogue on the National Education Blueprint 2012 at 1Borneo Hypermall, Saturday.

If adopted, they said the placement of teachers would enhance education performance as well as quality in the respective states as what had been proven in Terengganu. Some told the blueprint panel that Terengganu's education and academic performances are in the top rank now because their qualified teachers are the local people themselves, who understand the customs, way of life, and the overall situation in the State, which has led to the enhancement of academic performances in schools.

In addition, the local teachers have better communication with the students and understand the students' needs and interests in education. "If such situation could happen in Terengganu, then why not also in Sabah? I am not being parochial here É but I believe it would be best to transfer back all Sabah teachers in the peninsula to the State here and have them educate our children and students. "Hopefully, then, our education performances in Sabah would also be as good as Terengganu," said one of the participants.

The dialogue aimed to compile feedback and proposals to be submitted to the Ministry to be considered in preparing the National Education Blueprint 2012. About 30 to 50 participants comprising educators, public, community leaders, school leaders, professionals, political leaders, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and relevant quarters took part in the dialogue. Another PTA chairman highlighted he often heard grouses from peninsula teachers serving in Sabah that they want to go back and vice versa from Sabah teachers serving the peninsula.

He said these teachers also complained that the Ministry would take time to process their transfer applications. Hence, he hoped the Ministry would consider this proposal as it is an important factor to improving the quality of education. Following this, the panel head Tan Sri Dr Wan Mohd Zahid Mohd Noordin, who was assisted by Datuk Kamal D.E. Quadra, acknowledged the need to enhance the efficiency level in processing transfer applications as many had complained about being in the wait list for quite some time.

The panel comprising 11 members is compiling all suggestions and proposals nationwide from April 29 to July 14 before submitting them to the Ministry. A headmaster of SK Sugud, Penampang, meanwhile, proposed that new teachers graduating from higher learning institutions be given mentoring for one year before they fully handle the teaching job on their own. "There is a need to observe the teaching methods of these new teachers and give them proper guidance," he said. A number of participants also asked for the housing allowance of the Sabah and peninsula teachers to be the same so as to be fair.  Presently, he said the housing allowance of peninsula teachers serving in Sabah is higher compared to the Sabah teachers posted to the peninsula.

Sources: Daily Express


High Demand for Pisang Saba at Peninsular Malaysia



By Nurhafizah Yusof
Pictures by Ille Tugimin

Sabah’s ubiquitous banana is aptly named Saba. But it did not find favour with the people on the peninsula until Najib Razak, the prime minister, had a taste of it. Now demands for Sabah banana or Pisang Sabah in Malay have outstripped supply, according to Yahya Hussin, a deputy chief minister who heads the ministry of agriculture and food industry.

Saba is a hybrid of the genera Musa acuminata and balbisiana of the Cavendish group. Thus it has a mild tangy Cavendish taste. It stands out from other bananas because of its angular sides. It is between 8 and 13 cm long, about the length of a ballpoint pen, and looks rather stubby with a girth of between 2.5 and 5.5 cm. As a plantain, it is usually used to make fritters, chips and cakes.

Najib savoured a Sabah banana fritter during his walkabout at a Gaya Street coffee shop in Kota Kianbalu last year. He seemed to like its unique taste.

Yahya says that his ministry has long asked the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama) to sell Sabah banana on the peninsula. But it was set back by high production and shipping costs which made Sabah banana uncompetitive.

A small trial shipment went to the southern Johor state in 2009 to test the market, followed by another in 2010, according to Sebastian Chew, the director of Fama in Sabah.

And Fama has achieved a breakthrough. Chew tells Insight Sabah that his agency made its maiden commercial shipment of Saba banana to the peninsula in March. And by the end of last month, 180 tonnes of the fruit costing 85,000 ringgit ($27,300) in ten containers have been sold to his peninsular customers.

This year Chew expects to sell about 300,000 ringgit worth of bananas to them, particularly those in Johor state whose banana plantations were hit hard by a mysterious disease in 2008. Manufacturers there turn the bananas into chips and condiments.

In fact, he has weekly orders for 80 tonnes of Saba banana from his peninsular customers. But farmers can only supply him with 40 tonnes every fortnight.

Recently, Fama signed a one-year contract with 150 farmers in Kudat, Kota Marudu, Kota Belud, Keningau and Tenom to grow and supply it with Saba banana. Chew says he can’t reveal the pricing but Fama guarantees the farmers a floor price and quantity.

Kaliwon Edi, an assistant director for permanent crops development in the agriculture department, says there are almost 3,200 hectares under banana cultivation, the second largest making up about 18% of 18,000 hectares of orchards. Durian is the most popular fruit grown on 4,310 hectares.

Only Kota Belud, about 58km from Kota Kinabalu, has the largest orchard of Saba banana at 673.5 hectares. Other districts have other Cavendish varieites. Kaliwon says the bananas can be harvested in nine or 13 months after planting. Farm price of Saba banana varies between 50 and 80 sen a kg, he says, adding that it sells for about 1.50 ringgit a kg in the market.

His department has identified another 50 hectares that are suitable for growing Saba banana. – Insight Sabah

My Life My Story: Manchester City Champion EPL 2012


What a luck for Manchester City! My Favorite Club, Manchester United (MUFC) was skidded from the title again... Huh  what to do... just wait for next season... Congrats to Manchester City Football Club for winning the EPL 2012.. Hurrrahhh..........




It was the most dramatic, unbelievable and extraordinary finish of the English Premier League. In the end, Roberto Mancini and Manchester City celebrates non-stop till morning and Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, cried all night long. Manchester City won their first English league title in 44 years on Sunday, 13th May 2012 as they scored twice in injury time to beat Queens Park Rangers 3-2, edging out Manchester United on goal difference.

United thought they had won a record 20th title when they won 1-0 at Sunderland but Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero scored in the five minutes added on as City came from 2-1 down to snatch victory and their first English crown since 1968.

It was the most dramatic finish in Premier League history as big-spending City took the title from neighbours and rivals United. City led on goal difference going into the final day but when they trailed 2-1 at home by 10-man Queens Park Rangers, it looked as if their dreams were evaporating. But Dzeko equalized in the first of five minutes of injury time and then Aguero sent the City fans wild with a brilliant winner from short range just over a minute from the end.

Aguero's winner meant that Wayne Rooney's 20th-minute goal for United in their 1-0 win at Sunderland was not enough. With Bolton drawing 2-2 at Stoke, the results meant that they joined Wolves and Blackburn Rovers in being relegated while QPR survived. City began the day leading on goal difference, knowing they just needed to match United's result to win the league for the first time in 44 years.

When a goalkeeping error handed Pablo Zabaleta the opening goal on 39 minutes, they were on track but a terrible mistake from Joleon Lescott allowed Djibril Cisse to equalise three minutes into the second half. City's chances were boosted again when Joey Barton was sent off for an off-the-ball incident involving Carlos Tevez, lashing out at Aguero as well after receiving his red card.

But as City chased the winner, they were undone by more slack defending as unmarked Jamie Mackie headed in for QPR on 66 minutes. As City threw everything at QPR, manager Roberto Mancini brought on Mario Balotelli for Tevez with 15 minutes to go.

The Italian headed a chance to equalise straight at Paddy Kenny but Edin Dzeko gave them hope when he headed in a David Silva corner in the first minute of injury time. And with the seconds ticking down, Aguero kept his head in the box to fire in the winner - and City fans, many of them crying, poured onto the field as the final whistle sounded over the third title overall, following 1937 and 1968.

In the battle for the two remaining Champions League places, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur finished third and fourth after respective wins on the final day. Arsenal came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 at West Brom to finish third, while Tottenham's 2-0 win over Fulham left them fourth.




Unduk Ngadau Tamparuli 2012


Tuaran Harvest Festival was celebrated on 10th May 2012. I guess I'm a little bit too late for posting this news. This ceremony happen four days ago at Dewan Tuaran which newly complete last year. The most eye competition was The Famous Unduk Ngadau which attract more than ten of thousand people to attend the ceremony. The ceremony launched with perfect colors where all the activity was conducted well without any problem. Congratulation to all the winners and most of all the organizing committee. Keep up the good work... Till we meet again soon on my next article, Stay Cool and Don't Drink If You Drunk. Less Alcohol make a healthier life.... Harry George 


The organising committee members: Standing (L - R) Roselynne Sandar, Nur Edayah Abdullah, Emran Amran, Joana Sinti, Loretta Epun, and seated (L - R) Enick Kiron, Rosman Rayman and Sahid Usop.





The contestant for Unduk Ngadau Tuaran 2012



Finalist Unduk Ngadau Tuaran 2012
Winner: will represent Tuaran and second runner-up will represent Tamparuli. 


Picture: Joan Moo and Borneoherald.blogspot.com
Posted By: Harry George


Happy Mother Day 2012


To all mothers out there, I wish you all Happy Mother Day and God bless you all. For my mother Mdm Maureen @ Somili Guduh at Kg Kionsom Baru Tamparuli Sabah.. I love you and God bless you always. And for my mother in-law Mdm Alia Gumpok at Kg Marakau Ranau.. God bless you and have a happy life everyday. 





Dead man inside the water tank.



More than 2,000 residents at the Taman Sri Titingan flats had been wondering why the piped water they were consuming the past week smelled bad and was whitish. Many could not contain their anger when water maintenance personnel during a routine inspection at 9am, Saturday, found the decomposed body of a naked man floating inside one of the nine tanks atop the 60-foot tower.

Police requested assistance from the Fire and Rescue Department to retrieve the body. It took four hours as firemen had to cut the water tank in order to take it out, said its chief, Rudy Fredzek. District Police Chief ACP Ibrahim Chin said initial investigations showed the deceased was in his 20s and that no injury marks were found on the body.

Police believe there was no foul play involved but investigations are on-going. The flats residents committee chairman, Abdul Han Ab Majid, presented a memo to the flats management demanding, among others, compensation for consuming contaminated water. They also demanded to be exempt from paying the water bills from April until the water tanks have been replaced and for security personnel to be stationed near the water tank tower.

They also demanded that temporary water supply be sent to the flats with the cost to be borne by the flats management until normal water supply resumed. One of the residents, Hasbi Salamat, 32, said they were disappointed because they never thought that the water from the tap looked bleach-like because there was a corpse inside the tank.

"I reported this to the management more than a week ago as soon as I noticed something amiss with the water but they only said 'we will check tomorrow'," he said. Like many others, he had to buy three boxes of bottled mineral water for consumption because he could not stand the stench from the water in the house. Hasna Bacho, 34, who had been residing there for three years said she, too, felt something weird about the water since April 30 and filed a complaint with the flats management but met with a disappointing response.

Amiruddin Rasake, 43, claimed the flats management not only did not care about the residents' complaints but also never took follow-up actions including about water and electricity supply.

Meanwhile, Apas Assemblyman Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, who went to the scene, said the discovery of the body was shocking since there had been no reports of a missing person in the area. He urged the Water Department, Health Department and Chemistry Department to conduct a study on the water there to ensure it is not contaminated. "We don't want the people here to be at risk," he said, adding that he would also be looking at the demands made by the residents. Tawau Municipal Council president, Datuk Ismail Mayakob who accompanied Tawfiq said he would be contacting the various government departments to handle the issue. Investigations would also be conducted on the residents' claim that the flats management did not entertain complaints about the water condition, he said.


Help Us... Kg Kiau Nulu and Kg Kiau Bersatu Kota Belud



Some 500 residents in Kg Kiau Teburi, Kg Kiau Nulu and Kg Kiau Bersatu directly affected by the recent landslide there, have appealed for the public to provide them with candles.

Nabalu Natural Disaster Committee member, Sindih Taliban, said they are in desperate need of candles while waiting for their electricity supply - which had been totally cut off by the landslide - to be restored.

He said so far they have received donations in the form of food supplies and kitchen utensils as well as candles from the Persekutuan Muda Mudi of Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), delivered by Jerry Gungkat and Cecelia Likun, and Upko through its Komulakan Chief Ewon Benedict.

Ewon, who is also Kota Belud Upko Division Deputy Chief, presented RM1,000 to students of SMK Bundu Tuhan who are forced to walk through the jungle and hills after the road leading to their village was badly damaged, making it impassable following the landslide.

The Wednesday landslide at Kampung Kiau Teburi resulted in about 3,000 people in the said three villages, including school children and government staff, losing communication link to Ranau and the State Capital.

Apart from that, Sindih also urge the authorities to build an alternative route for them to Ranau so that they can continue with their daily routines.

The committee can reached at mobile phone no: 012-8342362.

house of mother mary, turkey



House of Mother Mary, Turkey.

Dikawal ketat tentera Turki kerana suci bagi Islam dan Kristian.

Santi Maria pernah ke rumah ini, 2000 tahun lalu.

God Bless this world.


Reminders for JKKKs in Sabah

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District Officers and the Village Development and Security Committees (JKKKs) in Sabah have been given up to June 15 to submit proposals on their environmental action plans for their respective villages to the State Ministry of Rural Development.

The ministry's Permanent Secretary, Datuk Ghulam Jelani, said the ministry took a serious view on improper management of the villages to the extent that they caused problems to the villagers. "The ministry has no problem in assisting in terms of funding. But the proposal must be suitable and aimed at providing comfort to the residents.

We must be serious in preserving the environment around the villages such as waste disposal using the best method and we must also know how to tackle disasters like the one that occurred at Kota Belud yesterday," he said when closing the Course on Environment Manage-ment in Menggatal, near here, Thursday.

He was referring to the landslide on Wednesday involving three villages in Kota Belud, which led to more than 3,000 residents having lost communication.

Minimum wages for Sabahan in private sector : Latest News Update



Numerous trade and commerce organisations in the State are calling on the Government to implement the recently announced RM800 minimum wage in phases, if not review it altogether. Federation of Sabah Manufacturers President Datuk Wong Khen Thau, who represented them, said in principle they do not object to the minimum pay announcement, but hoped it would be implemented in a way that would bring about a win-win situation to employers and employees.

He said in a press conference here Thursday that it was obvious employees will always want better pay, but whether or not employers can afford to pay is another matter. "If this new announcement is carried out and enforced, there will be three scenarios which are most likely to happen and steps employers can take, the first being passing down the cost to consumers, closing shops or businesses, or finding alternatives to absorb the extra expenses.

"I would like to see what would result from the first two scenarios, because of course if prices of goods go up, it means that even with the extra amount of money earned, consumers can still only buy the same amount of goods or services. "So there is no point in the increase of the minimum wage," Wong said.

On the other hand, he said if given a gradual implementation for a period of three years, say a 15 per cent raise annually based on the current average minimum wage of RM577, the amount will reach about RM900, which is already higher than the minimum pay announced. He said the Government should be coming up with policies or systems whereby the living standard of people will increase following the increase of pay, without affecting the prices of goods and services. "We are also not happy to hear what a Federal Minister said about there being bound to be inflation and hike in prices when pays are increased. The minimum wage should not affect the employers adversely.

We know that the cost of goods, services and operational costs here are higher compared to Peninsular Malaysia, and by right we in Sabah should get more in terms of the minimum wage," Wong said. "But many people do not know that the scenario in Sabah is different because if we look at statistics given out by the Government, the current average minimum wage for the peninsula is about RM1,131, Sarawak RM738 and Sabah RM577," he stated.

The major beneficiary, he pointed out, is actually Sabah (despite the fact that there was no representative from the Sabah industry in the National Wage Consultative Council), because the minimum wage was increased from RM577 to RM800. "However, is it fair to the employers who need to bear all the higher overhead costs such as Cabotage policy, taxes and so on? Not all are able to cover these costs, especially the small and medium enterprises," he said, adding that tackling the costs of operations is actually more important now.

Adding to this, Wong said it was hard to implement the system overnight because the Government should be getting more investment into the State and reducing overhead operational costs if it really wants to improve the living standard of the people here. "And the term minimum wage is not even the total household income as perceived and misinterpreted by so many parties, including politicians. The term minimum wage is only the starting point of an employee's salary regardless his or her qualifications," he said.

More problems will arise from here in an organisation, he explained, because those who have been working longer have higher academic qualifications or higher posts will definitely want a better pay, too, if the newly employed can get RM800 as a start. "The people on the ground should be consulted before a policy is implemented, because the consultants or advisers might only be giving their views based on the book and not reality," he added.

Meanwhile, those in favour of these suggestions include the Sabah Timber Industries Association, Sabah Printers Association, Sabah Housing and Real Estate Developers Association, Cycle and Motor Parts Traders Association, Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sabah), Sabah Furniture Association and the Sabah United Chinese Chamber of Commerce.


Child Abuse: Please Stop and report it!!!!!



Lack of cooperation from child abuse victims and their family members were among the common reasons for police reports involving One-Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC) to be withdrawn. Investigating Officer Inspector Khariyah Ali, who specialises in child abuse cases, said there were cases involving incest where family members and the victims themselves were reluctant to give their recorded statements because they did not want their relatives or family members to get into trouble despite knowing the truth.

"There are also instances where the reports are eventually withdrawn by the victims themselves due to the same reasons," she said during a forum titled 'Current Issues: Child Protection Issues in Sabah' where she was among the invited panellists. The forum was part of the three-day seminar organised by the State Health Department in collaboration with the Women and Children's Hospital titled "Handling of Violence Cases (One Stop Crisis Centre)" at the Federal Administration Complex, here, Wednesday.

In another note, she said those aged 18 and below are categorised as children and that from January to April this year, there were a total of 44 rape cases, out of which 37 cases involved children below 16 and seven involved children aged between 17 and 18.

Meanwhile, 29 molest cases were reported over the same period, 21 of them involving children below 16 and eight involving children between 17 and 18. As for incest, five cases were reported over the same period, four of them involving children below 16 and one involving a child aged between 17 and 18. Over the same period, a total of five sodomy cases were reported, four of them involving children below 16 and one involved a child between aged 17 and 18, comprising mostly boy victims.

Meanwhile, Paediatric Specialist at the Women and Children's Hospital, Dr Fauziah Zainal Abidin, said incest is difficult because victims or even family members might be reluctant to defend the victim because they are dependent on the assailant. "In cases where victims or family members are reluctant to make or are forced to withdraw a police report, it's the responsibility of doctors to make the police report," she said.

Another panel speaker from the State Welfare Department, Ponniya Irham, said over the same period her department recorded a total of 34 cases, with Kota Kinabalu recording 23, Tawau two involving one baby dumping case and one abuse case, one rape case in Beaufort, two cases in Kudat involving neglect and abuse, respectively, four cases in Sandakan and two cases in Keningau. "Statewide, we received 13 physical abuse cases, five sexual abuse, 15 neglect cases and one baby dumping case," she added.


Reminder for Pitbull owner.



Have you ever heard about the pitbull dog? Huh it's a dangerous dog. Well dog is important for keeping your house safe from strangler but if you do not take care you pitbull dog or any species of dog it might hurt someone who is innocent. Take a little bit precaution for your dangerous pet.. the pitbull dog!!! 

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The owner of a pitbull which attacked and killed a septuagenarian in Subang Jaya on Tuesday can be prosecuted although the canine has a licence. Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) deputy corporate director, Azfarizal Abdul Rashid, said although the dog had a licence, the onus was on its owner to take heed to the conditions imposed by MPSJ. The conditions come under the MPSJ Law on Licensing of Dogs and Dog Breeding House 2012.

"Among others, owners cannot allow dogs to go free but must put them on a leash and under control when outside their premises," Azfarizal said in a statement Wednesday. He said, if the owners were found to be negligent, they could be compounded for RM1,000 and the dogs seized.

Azfarizal said the dog involved in the fatal attack had been seized by the Selangor Veterinary Services Department to facilitate investigations. On Tuesday, Yip Sun Wah, 74, was jogging when he was attacked by a male Pitbull belonging to a neighbour in Jalan 19/5E, SS19 Subang Jaya.

Yip died on the spot.-Bernama

Abuse Victims need to be treated promptly.



Poor communication among agencies is making it difficult for abuse victims to find help promptly. Deputy State Health Director (Medical) Dr. Adlan Suhaimi Ahmad who raised this problem here Wednesday cited the case of a four-year-old who was raped over a period of four months to illustrate his point. "It took about two days for the matter to finally reach our attention after the victim was sent from one place to another, imagine what the victim had to go through and what is saddening is that even on our side we do not respond soon enough," he said.

Dr. Adlan said this at the launching of a three-day seminar organised by the State Health Department in collaboration with the Women and Children's Hospital titled 'Handling of Violence Cases (One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC)) at the Federal Administrative Complex here. "When a victim comes to OSCC for help, we are in crisis because we don't speak the same language due to lack of coordination within our facility, what more with other agencies and this is not what we want.

"It is therefore our role to establish communication with our local partners, namely the police, village chief, Welfare Department and non-governmental agencies in our respective area to make sure that the victims are swiftly sent to the main centre where there are specialists," he said. "For us in the hospital setting, apart from communication, what is most important is for us to get the evidence that is needed, hence, having kits for handling rape cases is essential because the evidence collected is actually the life saver of the victim," he said. In 2011, the OSCC recorded a total of 469 reported cases Statewide involving adults out of which 407 involved physical abuses and 52 were sexual abuse cases.

For children and teenagers up to 19 years of age, a total of 284 cases were recorded in the State, out of which a majority were sexual abuse cases followed by physical abuse. The number of cases reported by the Suspected Child Abuse (SCAN) team for 2011 was 289, out of which a majority were rape cases, followed by molest, sodomy and physical abuse. Meanwhile, Public Health Specialist Dr. Nilmar Kaur said abuse cases in Malaysia were on the rise, hence, society must work together to detect and report such cases to the nearest hospital or relevant agencies for further action. Also present was Kuala Lumpur Pediatric Specialist Dr Irene Cheah who was among the invited panel speakers.

Sources: Daily Express


Breast Cancer low awareness among rural woman in Sabah.



Breast cancer awareness among rural women is still very low compared to those living in town.

The Likas Women and Children Hospital's Radiotherapy and Oncology Department Head, Dr. Daren Teoh explained that research suggests there should be about 40 new breast cancer cases in every 100,000 people globally. "Looking at the number of Sabah's population, by right we estimate there should be about 1,200 new cases every year, but present records shown by the hospital and Health Ministry shows that we only have about 350-400 new cases reported annually.

"This means two third of the breast cancer patients are not coming to hospitals but choose to seek treatment the traditional way, or through bomoh, or sensei probably," he said. From this number, he said half of them are already in the third or fourth stage or the cancer, which gives them lesser chances of survival.

"Only about 15 per cent of later stage patients survive more than five years, whereas if they were detected earlier, the chances of survival are about 95 per cent or more," Teoh explained. He said this during a press conference organised by a breast cancer support association - the Pink Ribbon Kinabalu at the Hyatt Regency Kinabalu here, Wednesday.

The cancer specialist who has promised to go bald in conjunction with the association's Mother's Day Walk Abreast walkathon this Sunday, said much exposure needs to be given to those living out of town for this reason. Likewise, Association President, Lucilla Pang, who was also diagnosed with breast cancer not so long ago, and who had undergone treatment as the cancer was detected at an early stage, agreed awareness campaigns and activities are much more needed in the rural districts.

"But since our resources are limited given the fact that all association activities and programmes are self funded or from donations, there are still quite a lot of restrictions for us to reach out to the villagers better," she said. However, despite the financial burdens that the association members need to bear, they are still able to raise funds and come up with various programmes every year, be it going to villages, or activities in town, such as the walkathon this weekend.

She said among the funds they are planning to raise is for the purchase of a vehicle which would enable members and volunteers to travel together on charity, awareness and community programmes related to breast cancer. "It is quite hard for us now because every time we want to do an activity in the villages, or somewhere further from here, we need to rent a van, and it is quite hard for us to move about as we like," Pang pointed out.

Earlier, Teoh mentioned that the government has also started to invest in medical development in the State. "They have started to invest in medical upgrading, among which is the construction of a nuclear and radiotherapy centre (for cancer treatment) at the Likas hospital that will benefit a lot of local cancer patients once it is completed and fully operational this year.

"The government is also trying its best to attract local specialists from this field to come back from West Malaysia or overseas, and at the moment two doctors, each from Scotland and West Malaysia have already come back," he said.

Meanwhile, the Mother's Day Walk Abreast programme not only aims at creating awareness on the issue, it will also provide the first 100 women aged between 25 and 39, free ultrasound breast screening when they register on May 13, before the event gets underway at 6.30am. The ultrasound breast screening will be done at the Sabah family planning clinics. Apart from that, there will be a decorated bra exhibition, lucky draws, health education by Dr. Teoh as well as free one hour Zumba class for participants.

Sources: Daily Express 
Picture: Google Image

Tamparuli PBS Convention May 2012



Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has been consistent in fighting for Sabah's cause, albeit on a different approach, said Sabah Legislative Assembly Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

In brushing aside the notion that only the opposition could fight for the rights of Sabahans, he said PBS, together with other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, had done a lot of good things for the people of Sabah.

"All this while, PBS has been consistent in championing the cause of Sabah and Sabahans. The only change is its approach towards a more coherent framework for consultation."This approach works well and is effective, compared to the opposition's confrontational approach towards the Government," he said in his speech when opening the Tamparuli PBS convention, here, Wednesday.

Salleh, who is also state Umno deputy liaison chief, said the State BN component parties, including PBS, would continue to promote for the betterment of all in the State. He said there was a clear sign of a swing of the people's support in favour of the BN in peninsular Malaysia, so much so the opposition resorted to protests and demonstrations in the streets.

Sources: Daily Express
Picture: Google Image

Landslide nearly kills elderly couple.



An elderly couple was almost buried in a landslide in Kg Kiau, Kota Belud, early Wednesday. Anthony Chong Jin Fatt and his wife, both in their 60s, felt a tremor and immediately left their hillside bungalow in the 6am incident.

Their son said his parents had been living in the house for about 15 years. According to Chong, his house, instead of collapsing, was "dragged" down the slope. He and his wife have since gone to stay in their son's house in Inanam. Another house near Chong's bungalow and an Isuzu D-Max, also suffered damages. Kg Kiau JKKK Chairman, Simin Gindai, 41, said he was getting ready to send his daughter to school at SMK Bundu Tuhan at 5.15am when suddenly there was a power cut. "When I looked outside, I saw the electric poles tilting," he said.

He then rushed to the scene, 1.5km from his house, and assisted school children. He said Kg Kiau has about 800 residents and that the landslide affected more than 2,000 residents including from nearby villages. There is an alternative route, but it is virtually impassable during the wet season, he said.

An employee with Sin Kong Contractor Sdn Bhd, Ramlan Damsek, 44, said when he and the workers arrived at their work site in Kiau, they found that the road was already obstructed with mud and debris. He said the landslide caused the 70 six-inch pipes that they were commissioned to install to be submerged under five feet of mud and debris.

"The landslide occurred about 500 metres from our work site and it caused electricity and water supplies as well as telephone lines to be cut off," he said. Meanwhile, Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) sustained RM30,000 losses following the landslide in Kg Kiau Taburi, 60km from here.

The incident caused electricity supply to more than 30 houses to be cut off since 5.44am, Wednesday, according to SESB Managing Director Abd Razak Sallim. "Early investigations found 10 high voltage electrical poles belonging to SESB damaged and in need of replacement," he said. A standby team was sent immediately to the scene.

"However work to restore power could not be carried out immediately as the road to the area was cut off and impassable to heavy vehicles such as lorries and mobile gen-sets." He said SESB was ready to cooperate with the relevant authorities such as the Public Works Department and Fire and Rescue Services in efforts to restore power as soon as possible.


Unlost Yourself Smart Phone Special



If you are going somewhere you never been before, don't worry because you will never get lost with Smartphone Special recently unleashed into the market by Garmin Asus, The Navigation Smartphone. You will know exactly where your are and where you are going. It is a very accurate navigation gadget anywhere at anytime.

With Smartphone from Garmin Asus, getting lost in the middle of nowhere is no longer an option. You may go anyway without worrying so much about getting lost.

What is so special about Smartphone from Garmin Asus is you can surf smart, call smart, save smart and roam smart from DiGi connection. Everything is at your finger tip. With this you couldn't ask for more, would you?

And the the gadget Garmin-Asus A10 only with DiGi Smart Plan is available in the market and is smartly priced at only RM 499.00, which was previously priced at RM 1399.00. This is what we really called as 'Smart Save'.

Wait according to DiGi, if you sign up now, I mean today, you will get a Free car Kit worth RM 249 and 50% Off DiGi Family Postpaid supplementary lines.

What are you waiting for, unlost yourself and go for the smarter plan for the smarter phones. 

HTC Incredible S for DiGi Malaysia Soon




As you know, Nexus S was released by Maxis to Malaysia users, and now DiGi Malaysia is coming along whereby, you have now another awesome HTC phone coming to Malaysia by DiGi very soon, the latest one is the brand new HTC Incredible S. HTC Incredible S has a 4inch giant monitor with 480×800 resolution, see all specs below. The suggested retail price is RM1999 without contract. It is much more cheaper than Maxis Nexus S, however, specification comparison is important to determine the price of the smartphone. Refer here for Maxis Nexus S and Nexus S spec. Register your interest with DiGi now on HTC Incredible S!

HTC Incredible S Specification

4 inch giant monitor

1 GHz processor

1.1GB internal memory and 678MB RAM.

Come with Android Gingerbread 2.3.

battery 1450mAh (longer than Desire HD)


AT and T’s Samsung Galaxy S II


AT and T’s Samsung Galaxy S II has arrived, which is good news for smartphone users who want the device during the holiday season.

The smartphone, which has been a big hit in Europe and has surpassed 10 million in channel sales, is now available for purchase at AT and T’s website for $200 with a two-year contract.

The phone had been widely rumored to be available from AT and T on Sept. 18, but that date came and went with would-be buyers scratching their heads and wondering when they would be able to get their hands on it. Sprint customers, however, were able to buy that carrier’s version of the Galaxy S II, the Epic 4G Touch, on Sept. 16.

Unlike Sprint’s version, however, AT and T’s handset supports Near Field Communication (NFC). That makes sense since AT and T , along with T-Mobile and Verizon, created the mobile payments joint venture Isis, which will compete with the Sprint-backed Google Wallet. Both Isis and Google Wallet will let people pay for things in stores by tapping their phones to a reader at the point of sale.

As for T-Mobile’s version that is expected to be available Oct. 12, FCC filings confirm it will contain NFC as well, reports Engadget.

Beyond NFC, however, AT and T’s Samsung Galaxy S II has plenty to boast about.

The pros: It has a stunning 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, Android Gingerbread With TouchWiz 4.0, an app that lets you view call logs, videos, photos, bookmarks, and IMs, and send SMS messages from your PC, an impressive 8-megapixel camera plus a front-facing camera for video calls, and a 1.2GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos processor.

The con: Reviewers found that the Galaxy S II had a security flaw that enabled the phone to unlock by itself. Samsung and AT and T are aware of the problem, reports TechCrunch.

Source: By Christina DesMarais, PCWorld 

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