KUALA LUMPUR: A report that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has been found is unfounded and baseless, said the MH370 response team. Its head Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the team was aware of a widely circulated report titled "MH370 found on Google Earth". “As such, the MH370 response team wishes to note that this report is unfounded and baseless,” said Azharuddin, who is also Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) chairman, in a statement Monday. “The team feels that it's unethical to issue such a report,” Azharuddin said, adding that the feelings of the families and loved ones of those on board MH370 should be respected. The Boeing 777 with 239 people on board vanished during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
March 19, 2018 15:01 UTC
MIAMI: An aerialist fell to his death while performing in a Cirque du Soleil show in Tampa, Florida, the Montreal-based company said Sunday. Yann Arnaud was suspended by straps above the stage during a performance of its VOLTA show on Saturday night when he fell, according to a statement. “The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devastated by this tragedy. In 2013 French acrobat Sarah Guillot-Guyard died after plunging from a high-wire in front of a horrified crowd at a Las Vegas show. In 2009, Ukrainian acrobat Olexandre Jourov, 24, died from a fall during a rehearsal in Montreal.-AFP
March 19, 2018 15:00 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is being investigated for dancing along to a song mocking the Goods and Services Tax (GST) at an event attended by children. George Town OCPD Asst Comm Anuar Omar said after three police reports were lodged against Lim on Sunday (May 18), police have begun investigations by getting statements from the complainants. Lim opened a free tuition centre at an apartment block in Mutiara Idaman, Jelutong, on Saturday (March 17) and many kids were present at the ceremony. During the event, the anti-GST song, which is a parody of the children’s alphabet song popularised by the television show Sesame Street, was played and Lim began a dance on stage, urging everyone present to sing along. Many people have since criticised the song and dance for getting children involved in politics.
March 19, 2018 14:15 UTC
BEIRUT: A British woman fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the Syrian region of Afrin was killed in the Turkish-led offensive on the area, a spokeswoman for the forces said Monday. Anna Campbell was killed last week in the Afrin enclave, said Nisrin Abdallah, a spokeswoman for the Kurdish Women's Protection Units (YPJ). "She died on March 15, 2018 in Turkish shelling" on frontlines around Afrin city, Abdallah told AFP, adding that Campbell was 27 at the time of her death. At least two other foreign fighters have been killed in the Afrin assault, according to the YPG. French national Olivier Francois Jean Le Clainche, 41, and Spanish national Samuel Prada Leon, 25, were killed fighting in the Afrin enclave in February.
March 19, 2018 14:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Negara sitting has been brought forward by two weeks, in a hint that Parliament may be dissolved early. Originally, the Dewan Negara was scheduled to sit from April 16 to 30. According to Parliament sources, it is understood that the Senate will begin its sitting concurrently with the Dewan Rakyat. Sources told The Star Monday (March 19) that the proposal would enable both the Houses to pass the Supplementary Supply (2017) Bill 2018 and other Bills. The Finance Ministry had tabled the Supplementary Supply (2017) Bill 2018 at the Dewan Rakyat for its first reading.
March 19, 2018 13:41 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: A student died after being dragged about 50m following a fall from a train near Beaufort, some 95km from here on Monday afternoon. In the 1.40pm incident, the girl identified as Siti Intan Suraya Ambran, a Form Three student of SMK Entabuan Tenom, had gone up the train with her 19-year-old cousin from Beaufort to Tenom. As they went up the train, they found that it was too full and had no choice except to stand near the carriage door. The other passengers then screamed for the train driver to stop as the victim was being dragged. "When the train stopped, they went to check on the girl but she was already in critical condition," DSP Azmir said.
March 19, 2018 12:59 UTC
PARIS: British designer Kim Jones said Monday that he was taking the reins at Dior Homme two months after quitting Louis Vuitton. “I am deeply honoured to join the house of Dior, a symbol of the ultimate elegance,” he said in a statement. Jones made headlines with a series of eye-catching hook-ups with hip New York streetwear brand Supreme and the iconoclastic British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman during his time at Vuitton. Van Assche’s departure comes only weeks after the arrival of new Christian Dior Couture chairman Pietro Beccari, who had worked with Jones at Louis Vuitton. Women’s Wear Daily, the fashion industry bible, had reported that Jones was in talks with Versace in September.
March 19, 2018 12:45 UTC
MOSCOW: Russia’s World Cup team doctor claimed on Monday that his country’s domestic football leagues were cleaner than any other sport on the planet. He became closely associated with the scandal and stepped away from World Cup preparations in December. “There is no such thing anywhere else in the world,” Bezuglov told the RIA Novosti state news agency. But Russian football does not have this problem.”The world football governing body FIFA is still investigation allegations about past or present violations in the Russian game. FIFA has thus far been unable to confirm Rodchenkov’s claims that past Russian World Cup teams doped or that current national players were involved.
March 19, 2018 12:33 UTC
RIYADH: Women in Saudi Arabia need not wear headcover or the black abaya - the loose-fitting, full-length robes symbolic of Islamic piety - as long as their attire is “decent and respectful“, the kingdom’s reform-minded crown prince said. “The laws are very clear and stipulated in the laws of sharia (Islamic law): that women wear decent, respectful clothing, like men,” Prince Mohammed said in an interview with CBS television aired late on Sunday. Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says women should be allowed to choose if they want to wear abaya or other clothing, as long as it is decent and respectful. Saudi women have started wearing more colourful abayas in recent years, the light blues and pinks in stark contrast with the traditional black. Last week, a U.N. rights watchdog called on Saudi Arabia to end discriminatory practices against women including male guardianship, and give them full access to justice.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Home Ministry is investigating claims that Jho Low (pic) holds dual citizenship.The Ministry said the National Registration Department (NRD) has opened a file on the Malaysian-born businessman, whose full name is Low Taek Jho. "However, there has been no evidence submitted with the complaint sent to NRD, to justify any action against Low under Article 24 of the Federal Constitution (which deals with removal of citizenship when a Malaysian gets or exercises rights of foreign citizenship)," said the Home Ministry in a written reply to a question in Parliament from Ng Wei Aik (DAP-Tanjong) on Monday. "Therefore, the NRD has submitted an application to validate the citizenship status of the subject (Low) with the country concerned, and will carry out action according procedures as soon as evidence is obtained. "Ng had asked in Parliament about the investigation status and action taken on complaints raised on June 21 last year on Low's dual citizenship.
March 19, 2018 12:22 UTC
MANCHESTER: Manchester United triggered a one-year contract extension clause on Monday to retain the services of utility man Ashley Young until 2019. The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire this summer, but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months. Young, who joined United back in 2011 from Aston Villa, has rejuvenated his career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho as the former winger has made the vast majority of his 30 appearances this season at left full-back. Indeed so impressive has Young’s form been that he has been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies later this month against the Netherlands and Italy.--AFP
MANILA: The Philippines took a step on Monday towards making divorce legal with the lower house of Congress passing a law allowing people to dissolve marriages, despite opposition from the president and bishops in the mainly Roman Catholic country. The Philippines, which has the largest Catholic population in Asia, and the Vatican are the only two states in the world without a divorce law, Philippine politicians say. Duterte, who is legally separated from his wife, opposes making divorce legal. His spokesman Harry Roque, who told reporters Duterte was concerned about the welfare of children whose parents divorce. Last year, a survey on divorce by independent pollster Social Weather Stations found that 53 percent of the population were in favour of legalising it.--REUTERS
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s richest woman Pollyanna Chu has seen more than half of her wealth wiped out in the last three months after warnings from regulators about her company led to stock plunges. Monday’s crash comes on the heels of a steeper slide since January after Hong Kong’s securities regulator warned the company’s shares were too concentrated in a small number of shareholders and that prices could fluctuate substantially. The stock has become the worst performer on index compiler MSCI Inc’s gauge in Asia this year, Bloomberg News reported. Chu, whose father Lee Wai-man is a veteran in Macau’s casino industry, was named Hong Kong’s richest woman by Forbes in 2017, with her fortune estimated at almost US$12 billion at the start of this year. Chu recently became part of a record US$5.2 billion deal to acquire a Hong Kong landmark skyscraper previously owned by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, according to reports by Bloomberg News and the South China Morning Post.--AFP
March 19, 2018 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Election Commission (EC) has advised voters to check their polling details at least one week before polling day of the 14th General Election (GE14). It Election Academy strategic management programme head Khadijah Ishak said the move is to avoid any problems with their polling stations. She said the EC had checklists at the polling stations, but voters could only check on their polling streams, not the electoral rolls. “The main objective of the campaign is to increase public awareness of the importance of voting and to obtain the target of 85% voter turnout in GE14,” she said. As of the fourth quarter of 2017, the EC recorded 14,968,304 registered voters.
March 19, 2018 12:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A win over Mongolia on Thursday in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil is very important for the national team. For national coach Tan Cheng Hoe, he believes his team will rise and end the winless drought. National coach Tan Cheng Hoe, he believes his team will rise and end the winless drought. Everyone will give their best in the match,” said Cheng Hoe at Wisma FAM on Monday. After Mongolia, Cheng Hoe’s side will fly to Beirut to face Lebanon in their final Asian Cup qualifying Group B match on March 27.
March 19, 2018 12:00 UTC