PETALING JAYA: A legal advocacy group has questioned Singapore’s refusal to issue a certificate that will spare the life of Malaysian P. Pannir Selvam from the gallows after he helped in the investigation. “Singapore’s denial to issue a certificate of substantive assistance is a breach or deprivation of Pannir’s life. So, we are very surprised why the Singapore Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) did not issue the certificate,” said Surendran in a press conference yesterday. Pannir was granted a stay of execution on May 23, a day before he was to head to the gallows. “He is sad that he has brought the family into this situation but he hasn’t given up,” he added.
July 05, 2019 23:26 UTC
Compiled by CHOW HOW BAN, CLARISSA CHUNG and R. ARAVINTHANHONG Kong Cantopop star Andy Lau has revealed for the first time on television the details of his 33-year relationship with his Malaysian wife Carol Chu, reported China Press. Lau said they enjoyed a strong relationship as they had many things in common, including their personality and perspective on life. Lau, known as one of Hong Kong’s Heavenly Kings, said while they would talk about holding a wedding ceremony, they both agreed that it was old-fashioned. Asked about the kind of ending he would want for himself, Lau said: “My daughter would marry. I don’t know (if my wife and I would hold a wedding together with my daughter).
Work at the site continued despite the Seberang Prai Municipal Council (MPSP) issuing a stop work order and seizing vehicles from the site. The stop work order was issued on April 19 and four lorries have been seized so far. There was earth almost two storeys high piled up on the private land up to the edge of the peat swamp. He urged the authorities to enforce a buffer zone against development to protect the swamp. “We have Prai River on one side as the natural buffer zone, but development on the other side is getting too close.
“We think Malaysia is on the right direction because more palm oil in Malaysia is now certified with MSPO (Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil). Introduced in 2015, the certification is exclusively for palm oil that is sustainably and responsibly grown and produced in Malaysia. Italy is one of the most important importers of Malaysian palm oil, which we use in the food industry. He said Italy’s import of palm oil from Malaysia last year was €250mil (RM1.16bil) or 372,000 tonnes. The EU is the second-largest importer of Malaysian palm oil after India, buying 12% of the total palm oil produced in 2018.
MELAKA: Despite Melaka being known as a habitat for monitor lizards, a state exco has dispelled concerns about the reptile creeping into homes. He said there were few reports about encroachment by monitor lizards as the Melaka River is a sanctuary for these reptiles known as sei keok ser (four-legged snake in Cantonese). “Decades ago, it was a common sight to see them lazing along the banks of Melaka River. Any sightings of it were usually inside drains in Jalan Bukit Cina and Bandar Hilir, he added. Related story:Exco: No, Melaka is not besieged by 'Godzilla' monitor lizards
Afterwards a clearly delighted Gauff, who beat five-times champion Venus Williams in the first round before taking the scalps of former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova and Hercog, switched between reflective adult and excited teenager. "I remember before I played Venus, as you know, when you walk to leave the practice courts, there are people waiting. I'm still excited I get to keep living it," she said, adding that defeats she had suffered in the past had helped her to achieve success this week. I'm so excited to go on Instagram," she laughed. And she said it was "cool" to have won some $220,000 so far this week so she would probably buy some hoodies.
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"I don't know, like I hope Beyonce saw that. The youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon since tennis turned professional a little over half a century ago, Gauff has captured the imagination. "I don't really believe in fate and destiny," she said. "But, you know, at the end of the day I don't really care because I'm playing for myself and not for the people. But I don't think because she's seeded will change me at all."
July 05, 2019 22:30 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome came out of hospital and returned home on Friday, more than three weeks after a high-speed crash ruled him out of this year's race. Team Ineos rider Froome, 34, struck a wall at 54kph while on a training ride during the Criterium du Dauphine on June 12, suffering multiple fractures. "It's a huge disappointment not to be at the Tour but I'm relieved to finally be out of hospital and home," he said. Earlier Team Ineos sporting director Dave Brailsford confirmed the news that Froome, who would have been going for a record-equalling fifth Tour title, had left hospital. "Chris has left hospital and was transferred home," he said.
July 05, 2019 22:18 UTC
(Reuters) - One of international football’s newest but fiercest rivalries will resume on Sunday when the United States take on Mexico in the Gold Cup final and the U.S. coach is betting on a growing young strike partnership to bring him his first title. The two 20-year olds have combined well going forward, each getting goals in the quarter-final and semi-final wins over Curacao and Jamaica. "They are fearless, they have a good mentality, they give you solutions," the coach said. The last time the two met in the Gold Cup final was in 2011 when Mexico won 4-2. Although the United States have beaten Mexico just once in the final, back in 2007, they did it at the same ground where Sunday’s final will take place, at Soldier Field in Chicago.
July 05, 2019 22:18 UTC
Senegal will play rank outsiders Benin in the quarter-finals after the Squirrels earlier beat Morocco on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said, however, that he remained Senegal's penalty taker. After a scrappy start to the second half, Onyango again charged off his line and this time flattened Mane. But Mane's penalty was saved by the keeper who, at that point, was lucky to still be on the field. Senegal nearly paid when Allan Kateregga curled a free kick over the Senegal wall but Gomis made another good save and Uganda's dream run was over.
July 05, 2019 21:16 UTC
ROZNO, Slovenia (Reuters) - A life-size rough wooden sculpture of U.S. first lady Melania Trump was unveiled near her hometown of Sevnica in southeastern Slovenia on Friday. Although the statue's face is rough-hewn and unrecognisable, the figure is shown clothed in the pale blue wraparound coat that Melania wore at Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. Downey said he wanted to "have a dialogue with my country's political situation" and highlight Melania Trump's status as an immigrant married to a president sworn to reduce immigration. The sculptor, known as Maxi, was born in the same hospital as Melania Trump, in the same month, and now mostly works as a pipe-layer. "Let's face it," he says in a short film being shown as part of the exhibition, "she owns half of America while I have nothing."
July 05, 2019 20:48 UTC
The French left-hander, ranked 66th in the world, had already achieved his best Grand Slam result before Friday's win, and will now face Novak Djokovic in a "dream" last-16 tie. "Maybe the best match of my young career," he said about the prospect of facing the world number one. In the lead-up to Friday's match, he told those predicting a shot at immediate success to "relax... After he netted a forehand to bring up matchpoint he then fired another recklessly wide to end the contest. "Pressure got to me... it got to a point where it was a bit embarrassing," he said.
July 05, 2019 20:48 UTC
(Reuters) - Noah Lyles became the fourth fastest runner ever at 200 metres when the American roared to victory in a sizzling 19.50 seconds at the Lausanne Diamond League meeting on Friday. The time was the eighth fastest ever and the best in seven years. Only world record holder Usain Bolt (19.19), fellow Jamaican Yohan Blake (19.26) and American Michael Johnson (19.32) have run faster. "The track here is burning up," said Lyles, who blistered his previous best of 19.65 seconds. Ecuador's Alex Quinonez took second in a national record 19.87 and Canadian Olympic silver medallist Andre de Grasse was third (19.92).
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Gauff, who beat former semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova in the second round, was roared on by the crowd but found it hard at first to cope with 28-year-old Hercog's heavy groundstrokes and big serve. She showed remarkable composure, however, to fight back against the 60th-ranked Slovenian, who failed to convert two match points in the second set. Hercog needed treatment on her back after the second set and slumped to 4-1 in the third but she too fought back in the tense duel. Gauff is the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon in the Open era and the youngest to reach the fourth round since American Jennifer Capriati, also aged 15, in 1991. She faces seventh seed Simona Halep, a former world number one, in the last 16.
July 05, 2019 19:37 UTC
Atletico released a strongly-worded statement on their website on Friday after Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu revealed the club's CEO had held a meeting with Atletico chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin over Griezmann. "Atletico Madrid wishes to express its strongest disapproval of the behaviour of both, especially FC Barcelona, for prompting the player to break his contractual relationship with Atletico Madrid..." the statement said. The statement added that Atletico had rejected Barca's request to negotiate a transfer fee for Griezmann rather than paying his 120-million-euro release clause. "Atletico Madrid’s response was obviously negative, as we believe that FC Barcelona and the player have disrespected Atletico Madrid and all its fans," the club said. Barcelona president Bartomeu declined to comment on the Atletico statement when asked about it on Friday at Frenkie de Jong's presentation at the Nou Camp.
July 05, 2019 18:57 UTC