Melbourne heatwave breaks record – Malaysiakini


Homes have been destroyed by a bushfire in Victoria amid a heatwave that continues to take its toll on Australia’s southeast.

Up to five homes were destroyed by bushfires at Boolarra North, east of Melbourne, as the state experienced a third consecutive day of extreme temperatures.

Melbourne again endured a top temperature above 43 degrees, marking the first time since records began in 1855 that the city notched up three consecutive days so hot.

The mercury reached 45.1 degrees in Melbourne at 4.27pm (AEDT) on Friday.

Meanwhile, Tasmania recorded its hottest-ever temperature, 42.2 degrees at Scamander in the state’s northeast, while Adelaide reached 43.1 degrees at 2.36pm (1506 AEDT).

Friday’s searing heat kept ambulance staff busy – in Victoria, 60 patients needed ambulances in a 16-hour period after suffering the effects of heat exposure.

In South Australia, some homes and businesses suffered power cuts as the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO) strived to maintain services in the face of record demand.

It was the second day in a row that power cuts were required, after supplies to an estimated 95,000 homes in more than 40 suburbs were turned off for short periods on Thursday.

NEMMCO also directed that power be cut to 42,000 Melbourne homes on Friday.

There were fears of further power cuts as a bushfire in Endeavour Hills threatened high-voltage lines that supply two-thirds of Melbourne’s power.

Lifesavers in Victoria for the first time extended their patrols to weeknights to watch over people trying to cool down after work.

“This is an unprecedented response to extraordinary circumstances brought on by extreme weather conditions,” said Life Saving Victoria spokesman Guy Britt.

Animals were also feeling the heat.

The RSPCA issued an alert that birds and possums were becoming heat-stressed.

“Sadly these animals are not coping in this one-in-a-100-year hot spell,” the organisation said in a statement.

Figures released by Melbourne Water showed water consumption soared as residents battled the heat, with Melburnians using an average of 207 litres per day.

The daily water use is well above the government’s target of 155 litres per person per day.


The Nominees of the 81st Annual Academy Awards

The Nominees of the 81st Annual Academy Awards

Best Picture
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
The Reader
Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor
Richard Jenkins – The Visitor
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler

Best Actress
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Melissa Leo – Frozen River
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kate Winslet – The Reader

Best Supporting Actor
Josh Brolin – Milk
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
Michael Shannon – Revolutionary Road

Best Supporting Actress
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penelope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Taraji Henson – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Best Director
David Fincher – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Gus Van Sant – Milk
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire

Best Animated Feature
Kung Fu Panda

Angelina’s Red Carpet Reversal

Angelina Jolie turned heads at the Screen Actors Guild Awards last Sunday, and it wasn’t just because she was her usual stunning self. It turns out Angie was wearing her Max Azria gown — a cornflower blue creation — backward!

Did a spurned stylist tell her to wear it the wrong way round? Or was the “Changeling” star too busy caring for her newborn twins that she didn’t realize her mistake?

 (left to right) The front of Angelina’s Max Azria dress (Jason Merritt/Getty Images), the back (Steve Granitz/, and a model from Azria’s Spring 2009 collection (Scott Gries/Getty Images)

Neither, according to Jen Rade, who styles the starlet. Rade told that Jolie reversed the gown on purpose to make it “more blouson.” For those of you who do not parle Francais, “blouson” is the French word for blouse. The end result was a bit too bland for my taste, and rather reminiscent of another Max Azria dress she wore to the Critic’s Choice Awards just a few weeks earlier. Had she worn her gown the right way round, Angelina would have shown more skin but less of her distracting tattoos!

For some reason, the sexy actress has favored billowy blouson gowns with cinched waists this awards season. I just hope she takes a break from the trend come Oscars next month. She may be a mother of six, but she doesn’t need to look matronly.

To hear more about Angelina’s fashion choice, watch this report from E! News Daily. And to see more of Angelina’s red carpet looks, check out Yahoo! Movies’ Fashion Report Card, and click here for complete coverage of the 66th Annual Academy Awards.

Garden Of Friendship




G is for genuine

A is for always here

R is for respect

D is for durable

E is for everlasting

N is for nurturing

O is for outstanding

F is for friendship

F is for fantastic

R is for reliable

I is for independence

E is for equal, in all

N is for necessary

D is for does not supply the soul

S is for support

H is for happiness

I is for ideas

P is for privilege of knowing one another

You remind me of …

You remind me of a flower,
Pretty, inside and outside.
A reason why people smile everyday,
A gift to all.

You remind me of chocolate,
Luscious and sweet.
Someone people can turn to in crisis,
Loved by all.

You remind me of a teddy,
Cute and huggable.
Someone people feel comfortable with,
Special to all.

You remind me of a balloon,
Happy and bouncy.
Someone people can have fun with,
Enjoyed by all.

You remind me of a lot of things,
But nothing can compare to the real person,
A friend I can look up to,
Cherished by me.

Love is ….



Love is not a matter of what happens in life.
It’s a matter of what’s happening in your heart.

Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love
you will find that you are left holding only yourself.

The virtue of true love is not finding the perfect person,
but loving the imperfect person perfectly.

Love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself
completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person.
Love is an act of faith, and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.

Destiny decides who you meet in life but
its only your heart that can decide who gets to stay in your life.

Never underestimate the amazing power of love to change hearts and mindsets.
Love can even give fresh inspiration to tackle what seems to be impossible.