‘Breast-enhancing’ coconut drink rapped over inflated claims - Regional

BEIJING: Can a coconut drink boost a woman’s bust size? The online advert for the drink Coconut Palm has been criticised for its “unsophisticated” language and unsubstantiated claims, according to Chinese media. The advert, produced by Coconut Palm Group, the biggest drinks producer in Hainan province, features a young woman with a plunging neckline and holding a bottle of the coconut milk. The drink was not a nutritional product and unable to make such claims under Chinese regulations, the report said. A customer service staff member at the Coconut Palm Group was quoted as saying the drink did not include any new ingredients, but defended the advertisement saying some southeast Asian countries believe that coconut drinks can help enlarge a woman’s breasts.

February 22, 2017 03:04 UTC

Former Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct in public office - World

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang, the highest-ranking ex-official to be charged in the city's history, was jailed for 20 months on Wednesday for misconduct in public office, a ruling some said reaffirmed the financial hub's vaunted rule of law. Scores of establishment Hong Kong figures, including top former officials and some leading opposition democrats, had written letters vouching for Tsang's good character and longstanding public service over four decades in a bid for mitigation ahead of sentencing. He reduced the sentence by 10 months, saying that "it was indisputable that the defendant has dedicated himself to public service in the last past 40 odd years". Hong Kong returned to China under a "one country, two systems" agreement that ensured its freedoms, including a separate legal system. The nine-person jury on Friday found Tsang guilty of a charge of misconduct in public office.

February 22, 2017 02:45 UTC

Japanese pool player becomes famous for bizarre interviews - World

PETALING JAYA: Most sportsmen and athletes are full of clichés in their interviews, but one Japanese pool player made sure that his post-game interviews would be forever remembered. Naoyuki Oi’s zany interview with Sky Sports presenter Tony Wrighton during the World Pool Masters in Gibraltar recently has been widely shared on social media, making people laugh. Oi ponders a little before saying “no problem.”Unfortunately though, Oi was knocked out in the quarterfinals. When quizzed again by Wrighton on his loss, Oi sys “Excuse me, can I speak English..you, me. He then proceeds with another “apple pen” routine before saying “Oh My God…Thank you.

February 22, 2017 02:26 UTC

Milner-Skudder's return delayed due to hamstring injury - Rugby

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Nehe Milner-Skudder's return from a shoulder injury that brought his season to an end last year has been delayed further as the Hurricanes' outside back did not travel to Tokyo for their Super Rugby season opener against the Sunwolves. Milner-Skudder, the 2015 World Rugby Breakthrough Player of the Year, missed much of last season when he suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery. In January, the All Blacks winger extended his contract with the Hurricanes and New Zealand Rugby until after the 2019 World Cup in Japan. Injured prop Loni Uhila (calf) was also omitted from the squad travelling to Tokyo. Milner-Skudder's absence is likely to give new recruit Jordie Barrett an opportunity to start at fullback.

February 22, 2017 02:26 UTC

Possible Mayweather-McGregor bout 'a joke' - Alvarez says - Boxing

"It's a joke for boxing if that happens," two-time world champion Canelo Alvarez, who fights fellow Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in Las Vegas in May, told Reuters on Tuesday. "It is a businessman fight," Chavez said during Tuesday's promotion stop in New York for the Cinco de Mayo weekend bout with Alvarez on May 6. Famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach believes the much-hyped Mayweather-McGregor showdown will happen and that he may get involved himself. "According to Mayweather, yes. Because (McGregor) throws, he throws hard and he’s not afraid to throw."

February 22, 2017 02:01 UTC

Top seed Nishikori suffers shock first-round loss in Rio - Tennis

(Reuters) - Top seed Kei Nishikori crashed out of the Rio de Janeiro Open on Tuesday after suffering a 6-4 6-3 first-round loss to Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci. The Japanese world number five, who was stunned by unseeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the Argentina Open final two days ago, was broken in the first game en route to losing the match in 79 minutes. Bellucci meets compatriot Thiago Monteiro, who beat Portugal's Gastao Eliasa 2-6 7-6(4) 6-4, in the next round. (Reporting by Frank Pingue; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

February 22, 2017 01:10 UTC

Penang to beautify backlanes, creating bicycle and pedestrian lanes - Community

DIRTY and poorly lit backlanes that are constantly littered with heaps of rubbish in the heart of George Town could soon be a thing of the past. “Presently, the backlanes in George Town account for a combined distance of about 60km. The third section encompasses the backlanes that connect Jalan Dr Lim Chwee Leong-Lebuh Keng Kwee-Lebuh Kimberley-Lebuh Tamil. Yew said the upgrading was also to promote George Town as a liveable garden city. The bicycle icons show the locations of the LinkBike bike-sharing stations in George Town.

February 22, 2017 00:59 UTC

CIMB IB Research downgrades UMW to Hold, ups target to RM5.50

In a note yesterday, the research house said UMW plans to complete the disposal of the non-listed oil and gas assets by end-2017. “We expect gradual earnings recovery for UMW in FY17 in view of sluggish demand in automotive segment and potential earnings drag from oil & gas in 1H17. “We raise our FY17-19F EPS by 9% to reflect higher automotive contribution from upcoming new model launches in 2H17 and better margins for M&E division. “However, we see limited upside to share price as the stock is up 18% mom. Hence, we downgrade the stock to Hold with a higher RM5.50 target price,” it said.

February 22, 2017 00:56 UTC

AirAsia upside move may persist, says RHB Retail Research

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 22): RHB Retail Research said AirAsia Bhd’s upside move may persist after it continued holding above the rising 21-day SMA line. In a trading stocks note today, the research house said as the 21-day SMA line has crossed above the 55-day SMA line recently, this is an indication of a positive sign. “A bullish bias may appear at above the RM2.60 level, with an exit set below the RM2.35 threshold. “To the upside, the immediate resistance level is anticipated at RM3.08. This is followed by the RM3.30 level,” it said.

February 22, 2017 00:45 UTC

Australia seeks full inclusion in Asian Summer Games - Other Sports

“Discussions are underway and I believe there would be great interest in the Asian Games amongst our member sports,” Coates told News Ltd media. "I believe participating in the Asian Games would be very good for us." The Asian Games, the biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics, will have 45 OCA member countries competing in 2018. Both the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games are scheduled for 2022, presenting a logistical challenge should Australia hope to send athletes to both. Australia qualified for the 2010 and 2014 soccer World Cups through Asian qualifying and hosted the 2015 Asian Cup.

February 22, 2017 00:21 UTC

Attack is the best form of defence for City boss Guardiola - Football

(Reuters) - Facing Europe's most potent strikeforce would cause some managers to man the barricades but for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola there was only one option in Tuesday's Champions League clash with Monaco - "attack, attack, attack". Attack, attack, attack," Guardiola told BT Sport. "Monaco score maybe 80 goals in one season and attack with a lot of people. MORE HISTORY"For our future as a club, to live this kind of experience will help us a lot," Guardiola said. "It’s great for the fans as I’m sure they were happy to watch such quality attacks and eight goals.

February 22, 2017 00:11 UTC

Asia would welcome third straight Winter Olympics - OCA chief - Other Sports

(Reuters) - Asia is ready, willing and able to host a third straight Winter Olympics if the Japanese city of Sapporo wins the bid for the 2026 Games, Olympic Council of Asia President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has said. Sapporo hosted Asia's first Winter Olympics in 1972 and has also staged the Asian Winter Games three times, including the inaugural edition in 1986 and the ongoing Feb. 19-26 event. With South Korea's Pyeongchang staging the Winter Olympics in 2018 and Beijing hosting the event four years later, a third successive Winter Games in Asia would underline the region's growing presence on the international sporting stage. "I am happy to hear that Sapporo is ready to host the Olympic Winter Games. Japan's Nagano hosted Asia's last Winter Olympics in 1998.

February 22, 2017 00:04 UTC

Palmer adds weight to his second season - Motorsport

LONDON (Reuters) - Jolyon Palmer needs no reality check ahead of his second Formula One season, but the Renault driver might be wondering about some of his friends. Former champions Renault finished ninth overall last season, with Palmer securing one point from his 21 races. We have no idea what anyone else is doing, they don't know what we are doing," said Palmer. Palmer has put on three to four kilos compared to last season, most of it on the upper body. As a team we should be a lot more competitive so it is an exciting time."

February 21, 2017 23:26 UTC

‘Be alert when buying old high-rise units’ - Community

This could pose a major problem to house buyers when changes are made to the Strata Titles (Amendment) Act 2016, which will come into force then. Tanjong MP Ng Wei Aik said with the new law, owners of apartments and condominiums could sell their properties even if they owed money to the JMB. “At present, the JMB’s consent is needed before a unit can change hands and all outstanding payments must first be completed. “Owners who fail to pay the parcel rent will risk having their properties seized by state authorities,” he warned. Ng said the new Act would affect thousands of high-rise unit owners in Penang, which has the highest number of high-rise buildings next to Selangor.

February 21, 2017 23:15 UTC

Huddersfield strike late to beat Reading - Football

(Reuters) - Huddersfield Town kept up the pressure on the top two teams in the Championship with a 1-0 win over fellow promotion hopefuls Reading thanks to a late goal by Philip Billing on Tuesday. Billing struck from close range with eight minutes left to take third-placed Huddersfield back within four points of Brighton & Hove Albion, who trail leaders Newcastle United by a point. Newcastle beat Aston Villa 2-0 on Monday to reach 69 points while Brighton won 2-0 at Barnsley on Saturday. Huddersfield's win gives them 64 points, ahead of fourth-placed Reading on 60. Huddersfield lead the teams in the playoff places.

February 21, 2017 23:05 UTC

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