WELLINGTON: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern handed bravery awards to two police officers in a private ceremony on Wednesday for risking their lives to capture and arrest a man accused of killing 51 people at Christchurch mosques in March. After the mass shooting of Muslim worshippers in two mosques, the suspect was heading to a third mosque when the officers managed to ram his car off the road and took him into custody. “All officers wonder how they would respond when faced with a split-second decision to risk their lives,” Chris Cahill, the president of the New Zealand Police Association, said in a statement. The award recipients said they were part of a huge operation that led to the arrest. “In doing our job, we represented all police staff around the country who put themselves in harm’s way every day,” they said in a statement issued by police.--Reuters
October 16, 2019 05:37 UTC
He and his team eventually founded Cleanbodia – an idea of using the biodegradable bag "I’m a plant". In a report by the Phnom Penh Post, Kuramoto said the "I’m a plant" eco-bags are lightweight and as strong as plastic bags. “Cleanbodia started in 2015 as a small project to see if biodegradable bags could be introduced into the Cambodian market. But when he first came to Cambodia, Kuramoto started to think about the environment and starting his own business. Biodegradable bags are better for our ecosystem because the raw material can be regrown, unlike oil or natural gas.
October 16, 2019 05:26 UTC
Sembrong MP Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein (pic) said he was baffled at Pakatan issuing an official statement against him and questioned why Anwar had singled him out when debating Budget 2020 in Parliament on Tuesday (Oct 15). "What Anwar said in Parliament, he has said to me in private that I was blocking him from becoming the prime minister. He, however, said there was nothing to stop him from meeting up with other lawmakers to talk about national issues and unity. Although not going into specifics, Anwar said that there was a "problem of wanting to follow the strategy by Sembrong and others". Anwar also said that politics should not be about threats, it should be about principles.
October 16, 2019 05:15 UTC
KUANTAN: Persuaded into giving her identification card (IC) number to a phone scammer, a 40-year-old school teacher is now poorer by almost RM14,000 when she fell victim to the Macau scam. Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Superintendent Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the teacher denied such a thing, stating that she had never applied for a new credit card. Throughout the conversation, the suspect told her that he wanted to help her cancel her application. "That was when the suspect requested that she provide him with her IC number for verification purposes, which she did. "After a few minutes, the victim received a (text) message stating that she had transferred a total of RM13,999 from her account number to another person's account, twice.
October 16, 2019 05:03 UTC
Now, for the first time in her illustrious off-road racing career, she’ll get the chance to compete in an all-women's event when she lines up for the first ever Gazelles Morocco-China rally. Having started her racing career back in 1987, Seel is the only professional driver taking part in this month’s promo event. Seel brings to the Gazelles Morocco-China plenty of years of experience, and a list of impressive achievements. “When I finished my first ever Dakar rally back in 2002, it was my biggest achievement standing on the podium at Lac Rose. I felt I was reborn as a super hero.”But the Gazelles Morocco-China is going to offer the 51-year-old Swede something she hasn’t experienced before.
October 16, 2019 04:41 UTC
Thailand seems to be regressing after long periods of political mass rallies and military coups, with Thai politics developing into a war of factions. Prof Thirayuth said there were concerns about rifts in society as the different political groups saw each other as enemies of war. In this war, he said, factions viewed one another as a national threat even though the situation in Thailand remained normal. He also urged rival factions to end the "enemy mindset", which also preceded another massacre on Oct 6, 1976. It really matters, but it is not as urgent as other bread-and-butter issues, such as inequality, corruption and human rights.
October 16, 2019 04:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A convocation ceremony is not the right time nor place to voice dissent as it can lead to chaos, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister said that one can demonstrate – but in a proper manner at the right place. Dr Mahathir was asked his opinion of the actions of Universiti Malaya student activist Wong Yan Ke, who displayed a placard on stage during his convocation ceremony calling for the resignation of UM vice-chancellor Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim. The varsity also barred another student from attending a convocation ceremony, saying that there was an indication he would stage a protest which could threaten public order. Related stories:UM: Student barred from convocation ceremony as he posed a threat to public order (updated)UM graduate barred from convocation for supporting protestKhaled Nordin: UM brought graduate's protest on themselves
October 16, 2019 04:18 UTC
Does this mean he is stressed by doing obedience? One study observed dogs at an off leash park and found that only crouched body posture was strongly correlated with stress. The issue with reading dog body language is that it is subjective and observational. It’s a bit like deciding that someone is stressed because they are biting their nails. Eustress literally means “good stress.” Eustress is the stress that is felt when someone is thinking and solving a problem.
October 16, 2019 03:56 UTC
Women carry bags, in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, in Yanagawamachi district, Date City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan. A satellite image shows the Naka River in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan. A man carries damaged goods by the floods in Nagano, Nagano prefecture, Japan. “There are concerns that the impact on daily life and economic activities may be long-lasting.”A resident carries damaged goods by the floods in Nagano, Nagano prefecture, Japan. Locals clean a house, in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagibis, in Yanagawamachi district, Date City, Fukushima prefecture, Japan.
October 16, 2019 03:22 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Universiti Malaya (UM) has defended its decision to bar an accountancy graduate from attending a convocation ceremony, saying that he posed a threat to public order. UM said they had tightened security at its convocation ceremonies after student activist Wong Yan Ke staged a protest, calling for the resignation of the varsity's vice-chancellor, Datuk Abdul Rahim Hashim. The student concerned, Edan Kon Hua En, 23, has since made multiple posts on Facebook after he was barred from attending the ceremony. Kon, a former UM Association of New Youth president, suspected he was barred from the ceremony because he had made a Facebook post in support of Wong's protest. Related stories:UM graduate barred from convocation for supporting protestUM lodges report over graduate's protest at convocation ceremony (updated)Khaled Nordin: UM brought graduate's protest on themselves
October 16, 2019 03:00 UTC
HONG KONG: Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam will unveil a closely watched State of the Union-style speech Wednesday aimed at winning hearts and minds after four months of seething pro-democracy protests. A protester wears a Guy Fawkes mask, popularised by the V For Vendetta comic book film, while attending a rally in Hong Kong on October 14. Millions have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, initially against a now-dropped bid by its leaders to allow extraditions to the authoritarian Chinese mainland. Protesters chant slogans as they attend a rally in Hong Kong on October 14, calling on US politicians to pass a bill that could alter Washington's relationship with the trading hub. It also requires the US president to identify and sanction people who are responsible for the erosion of autonomy and serious abuses of human rights in Hong Kong.
October 16, 2019 02:37 UTC
MIRI: The Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) raided an illegal wildlife farm near Sibu, Sarawak and rescued more than two dozen rare mammals, endangered birds and crocodiles. The raid was carried out last week on a plot of private land in the outskirts of Sibu. "The rescued animals were sent to the Matang Wildlife Sanctuary in Kuching," he said. He added that SFC would be relentless in its state-wide crackdown against wildlife abuse and exploitation. He also urged for more public information to be channelled to the SFC hotlines set up to tackle wildlife abuse in Sarawak.
October 16, 2019 02:26 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has been ranked as the fifth-worst country in terms of protecting the personal data of its citizens, a tech study shows. The study noted that the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) laws helped improved privacy protection. In its country report on Malaysia, it noted that currently only the Personal Data Protection Act 2010 (PDPA) protects the personal data of a person in the country. "The introduction of the data protection law in 2010 did make some improvements to Malaysia's data privacy – but, as technology advances and times change, these need updating to better protect all types of data, including biometrics," it said. Malaysia has been involved in several data breaches, among which includes the massive data leak of personal details of telecommunications service providers' customers, the data leak of almost 20,000 patient records, and the personal data leak of Malindo Air customers.
October 16, 2019 02:03 UTC
Malaysia were handed a favourable men’s team draw for the Philippines Sea Games yesterday. Soniia Cheah will lead the women’s team in Jin Wei’s absence. Others on the provisional list are Lee Ying Ying, S. Kisona, Eoon Qi Xuan, Chow Mei Kuan, Lee Meng Yean, Vivian Hoo, Yap Cheng Wen, Shevon Lai and Lai Pei Jing. BAM coaching director Wong Choong Hann said Malaysia should not take their opponents lightly in the men’s team event. In the 2017 Kuala Lumpur edition, Malaysia were silver medallists in both the men and women’s team competitions.
October 16, 2019 02:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR; Indian Progressive Front (IPF) president Senator Datuk M. Sambanthan died here, last night. His second son, Ganesh Kumar said Sambanthan died at the National Heart Institute (IJN) at 11.35pm due to a cardiac arrest. “My father was admitted into IJN for a week and went through a bypass operation on Sunday (Oct 13). “But he suddenly suffered another heart attack,” he told Bernama when contacted yesterday. Sambanthan is survived by his wife M.Jayalakshmi, 52, and three sons including Ganesh and one daughter.
October 16, 2019 01:52 UTC