Sheriff’s deputies responding Tuesday night to reports of a family disturbance in the Hope Ranch suburb of Santa Barbara found the actor’s wife, Valeerie Lundeen, 62, dead from multiple stab wounds inside the home, the sheriff’s office said in a statement. Deputies immediately identified the suspected killer as the couple’s son, Cameron Ely, 30, whom they found on the property outside after a brief search. The younger Ely posed an unspecified threat to the deputies, leading them to open fire on him, the statement said. Ron Ely starred in the 1960s TV series Tarzan. Ely is best known for playing the title role in the original prime-time TV “Tarzan” series, which ran from fall 1966 until fall 1969 - first on NBC, then on CBS.
October 17, 2019 01:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong denies talking about the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) issue in an interview with a local newsportal recently. Liew's office in a statement said he specifically declined responding to the matter. In the article where it was alleged that Liew said the LTTE was an attempt to turn the DAP into a bogeyman, Liew clarified that he was actually talking about how DAP had been made to look like the bogeyman for so long. "The audio recording (of the interview) does not reflect any comments on the LTTE issue," the statement read. As such, the deputy minister's office said the headline of the article in question was erroneous and a request has been made for it to be amended.
October 17, 2019 01:30 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Businessman Tan Sri Halim Saad and Datuk Wong Gian Kui have joined the race to take over PLUS Malaysia Bhd (PMB) with a RM5.2bil offer. “I intend to undertake this offer with Wong, a prominent businessman, who currently sits on the boards of Insas Bhd , INARI AMERTRON BHD , Ho Hup Construction Co Bhd , SYF Resources Bhd and YI-LAI BHD , ’’ Halim said in the letter dated Oct 11 sighted by StarBiz. Halim and Wong are the fifth party in recent times making an offer for PMB. Widad’s founder is Tan Sri Muhammad Ikmal Opat Abdullah. Widad’s offer is said to have come after Hong Kong-based private equity firm RRJ Capital had proposed to acquire PMB for RM3.5bil.
October 17, 2019 00:56 UTC
American boxer Patrick Day died on Wednesday in Chicago as a result of the traumatic brain injury he suffered during his fight on Saturday, where he was knocked out by Charles Conwell in the 10th round. Day, 27, had been in a coma for four days following his defeat and, despite having emergency brain surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, doctors were unable to save the junior middleweight. In this file photo taken on October 12, 2019 Patrick Day (left) and Charles Conwell exchange punches in the seventh round of their Super-Welterweight bout at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. “This is a way we can honour the legacy of Pat Day. This was not the case for Patrick Day when he left us.
October 17, 2019 00:56 UTC
BARCELONA: Catalan president Quim Torra called for an immediate halt to the violent clashes that rocked Barcelona for a third day Wednesday, warning they were harming the image of the separatist movement. Earlier on Wednesday, thousands gathered for a protest called by the radical CDR. “This isn’t violence, it’s self-defence,” roared a group of masked youngsters in front of a blazing barricade. Catalonian regional Police trucks during a protest against the Spanish Supreme Court's ruling of multiple jail terms for pro-independence leaders, in Barcelona, northeastern Spain. The marchers plan to converge in Barcelona on Friday when unions have called a general strike in the region.
October 17, 2019 00:45 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Student activist Wong Yan Ke says his protest against the Universiti Malaya (UM) vice-chancellor at the convocation was to “democratise” and “inspire” the campus. The union said although the protest marred the convocation, itwas likely driven by a student community that was already unhappy over the many misdemeanours and misactions of the vice-chancellor. Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) chief information officer Wan Mohd Husni Abdullah said the student violated the traditions and protocol of the ceremony that should be respected by all parties. The use of the term ‘freedom of speech’ (by the student) should not be arbitrarily used and should be done through proper channels, ” he said. He added that MYC was of the view that the student and the university should discuss the issues.
October 17, 2019 00:08 UTC
WASHINGTON: The Satanic Temple, recognized as a church in the United States, has the right to gather at the US Naval Academy on the condition it does not hold services, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. But the Temple said its Naval Academy members want to hold services and vowed to fight for that “right.”“Recently, a group of Midshipmen with beliefs aligned with those practiced by The Satanic Temple... requested a space where they could assemble to discuss and share their common beliefs,” said Commander Alana Garas, a spokeswoman for the academy which trains future naval officers. “The request was for a ‘study group’ space, not for holding ‘satanic services’,” Garas said, calling the Temple “a non-theistic religious and politically active movement” which the Internal Revenue Service recognizes as a church. “Midshipmen have the right to assemble to discuss their beliefs as they choose,” Garas said, but she added that in accordance with Department of Defense policy, military members may not engage in partisan political activities. Religious freedom is constitutionally protected in the United States.
October 16, 2019 23:37 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Whenever there is a change in minimum wages, there is often minimum satisfaction all around. Although the National Wages Consultative Council Act 2011 provides that minimum wages must be reviewed at least once every two years, the federation believed that the next adjustment can wait until 2021. Also, he said a higher minimum wage rate for major cities would work against the efforts to encourage rural development. A higher increase could push up inflation as well as imperil companies dependent on low-skilled labour, he said. “Firms in urban areas are likely to pay above minimum wage due to labour shortage and are therefore less affected by the rise in the minimum wage, ” he said.
October 16, 2019 23:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Subang MP Wong Chen has criticised the Pakatan Harapan government for increasing the minimum wage by merely RM100 to RM1,200 per month next year. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) member suggested that the minimum wage be raised to RM1,500 a month from next year. He said the increase in income tax rate for the rich was only applicable to 2,000 individuals, with each of them expected to contribute RM20,000. Wong, however, conceded that Budget 2020 was a better budget than 2019’s. Budget 2020, where RM297bil was allocated, was tabled by Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng last Friday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia risks being left behind other countries who are embracing the gig-economy if transportation services like Gojek are prevented from operating here, says Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. “If we go to Thailand, Indonesia or Vietnam, its people can order food at stalls to be delivered to their homes. Syed Saddiq, who has been pushing for the Gojek service in Malaysia, said the two-wheel transportation service should be seen in a wider scope with diversified offerings like food and parcel deliveries and expanded to the digital economy overall. It does not only involve two-wheel transportation, we need to look at it from food delivery, e-commerce delivery and many others. The Gojek service, which is huge in Indonesia, is not available in Malaysia yet.
Saifudin Mohd Yasin’s interest in collecting these hard hats has turned into a lucrative business for him at the young age of 25. Then an invitation to visit Japan marked a turning point for him. When Saifudin completed his diploma in business studies, his brother-in-law asked him to visit Japan. I had always wanted to go to Japan as the helmet culture over there is quite different, ” he said. Saifudin went on to visit Japan several more times to learn about helmets from the experts there.
PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal here has upheld the death sentence of tow truck driver Koong Swee Kwan for murdering Arab-Malaysian Bank (AmBank) founder Hussain Ahmad Najadi. A three-member bench comprising Justices Yaacob Md Sam, Zabariah Mohd Yusof and P. Ravinthran also affirmed the 18-year jail term on Koong for attempting to murder Najadi’s wife Cheong Mei Kuen, 55. In unanimously dismissing Koong’s appeal against his conviction and sentence for both charges, Justice Yaacob, who led the bench, ruled that evidence was overwhelming against Koong. Facing the law: On Sept 5,2014, the Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Azman sentenced Koong to death for Najadi’s murder and also jailed him 18 years for the attempted murder of Najadi’s wife. On Sept 5,2014, the Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Justice Mohd Azman Husin sentenced Koong to death for Najadi’s murder and also jailed him 18 years for the attempted murder.
JAKARTA: Former Jakarta deputy governor and losing vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno announced his return to the Gerindra Party with a tongue-in-cheek video. Sandiaga, on Tuesday, posted the video on his Instagram with the caption: “I’m back.”The video shows Sandiaga walking slowly towards the camera while unbuttoning his shirt, revealing a T-shirt emblazoned with the word “Gerindra” underneath, evoking Clark Kent’s iconic change into a Superman costume. The Superman movie theme by composer John Williams serves as the video’s background music. Gerindra spokesman Dahnil Simanjuntak confirmed that Sandiaga had officially rejoined Gerindra as a party member. Sandiaga first joined Gerindra in 2015, and successfully ran as the party’s nominee for Jakarta deputy governor in 2017.
HONG KONG: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam began her highly anticipated third Policy Address via video after she was prevented from speaking as she was repeatedly heckled inside and outside the Legislative Council (LegCo) chamber. The highlights for her speech included reducing waiting times for public housing access, making it easier for first-time buyers to get mortgages on properties and increasing land supply through compulsory purchases and land reclamation. For housing, Lam said the government-backed Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation will relax the ceiling of mortgage financing schemes for first-home buyers. Lam pledged to regularise the Green Form Subsidised Home Ownership Scheme to provide subsidised sale flats that specifically cater for public rental housing tenants. Starting 2020/21 school year, an annual grant of HK$2,500 (RM1,334) for each student will be regularised, benefiting about 900,000 students in Hong Kong.
MIRI: In yet another wildlife rescue, enforcement officers moved in on a farm located in the Sibu district and seized some two dozen mammals, birds and crocodiles. The raid was carried out last week by officers from the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) enforcement unit at a plot of private land on the outskirts of Sibu that had been turned into an illegal wildlife farm. SFC chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton said its enforcement officers carried out the surprise raid at the farm recently after gathering ground information. “Investigations showed that it was an illegal wildlife farm. The owner does not have a licence to operate such a wildlife farm.