Sunday, January 30, 2011

Labis Flooded

It was raining heavily as Tenang constituents cast their ballots. Almost all of Labis town was flooded in the afternoon and boats and heavy duty vehicles were used to ferry voters to polling centers. By the way, Star’s Joceline Tan writing in Sunday Star pronounced that this by-election has been “a lopsided race from the start” (p N10, lines 18-19), i.e. BN will win hands down. Muhyiddin himself has set the target to win by a 5,000 vote majority.

On Saturday, students again demonstrated in England. In central London, thousands staged a noisy protest march through Whitehall and Westminster. And in Manchester, a rally against higher tuition fees and spending cuts and job losses brought together students and trade unionists – angry protestors accusing the government of "betraying" young people.

Celtic steamrollered into the League Cup final with a 4-1 whipping of Aberdeen. Kris Commons contributed the first goal with a chipped shot from 18 yards (6) and goals numbers two and three came from headers from Charlie Mulgrew (10) and Thomas Rogne (21). The fourth came when Aberdeen’s Derek Young raised a hand high above his head to clear a Gary Hooper free-kick that was curling above the defensive wall and Anthony Stokes sent goalkeeper Jamie Langfield the wrong way from the penalty spot (34). The Dons did get one back after 61 minutes, with a Scott Vernon header.

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