KUALA LUMPUR: AOA's Seolhyun is seeing red following the spread in cyberspace of a photo which has been doctored to make her "semi-nude". To make matters worse, the unidentified individuals who uploaded the picture claimed to have obtained it from her ex-boyfriend, hip-hop singer Zico whose phone was reportedly stolen recently. "The fake image of Seolhyun that was spread via social media is character assassination. The website containing the doctored photo also had photoshopped images of Hollywood actresses such as Kristen Stewart and Miley Cyrus. Seolhyun and Zico dated for two months beginning August 2016.
March 20, 2018 06:22 UTC
SEOUL: The United States and South Korea announced Tuesday that their annual joint military drills will go ahead next month, but the main exercise will be shortened by a month as a diplomatic thaw with North Korea gathers pace. "The UN Command has notified today the North Korean military on the schedule as well as the defensive nature of the annual exercises," Seoul's defence ministry spokeswoman told reporters. The Pentagon added in a statement: "Our combined exercises are defence-oriented and there is no reason for North Korea to view them as a provocation." According to a senior South Korean envoy who made a rare visit to Pyongyang earlier this month, Kim had made it clear he "understands" the need for the drills to go ahead. The North has often responded to the drills with its own military actions, and last year fired four ballistic missiles close to Japan.
March 20, 2018 06:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The 14th General Election (GE14) looks set to be the “Social Media Election” based on the likelihood that political campaigns will rage online more intensely than ever before. The 12th General Election in 2008 was considered the year of the blogs, and in the 13th General Election, many people used Facebook to seek political views before they voted. While some have debated that it will be more of a “Facebook Election” than a “WhatsApp Election”, the spectre of fake news in social media is a threat to the fairness of the campaign process. Universiti Teknologi Mara social media expert Dr C. Sara says fake news caused public confusion, which could affect their decision-making process. Whether GE14 will be a “Facebook Election” or a “WhatsApp Election”, it seems that this so-called mother-of-all-elections can degenerate into a “Fake News Election” in the absence of stern legislation to rein in the problem.
March 20, 2018 05:37 UTC
BEIJING: President Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalist speech Tuesday, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the country’s readiness to fight “the bloody battle” to regain its rightful place in the world. Xi used the speech to espouse his vision of realising the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” – the “greatest dream” of the world’s second-largest economy. But his speech was also a reminder that the Communist Party, more than ever, reigns over the country’s affairs. “The Communist Party of China must... resolutely eliminate” corruption, Xi said. China has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since Xi took power in 2012, tightening online restrictions and detaining hundreds of activists and lawyers.
March 20, 2018 05:26 UTC
Using artificially created seismic waves that help scientists see through the ice, researchers have discovered that more of the Totten Glacier floats on the ocean than initially thought. Winberry said more of the glacier floating on a warming ocean could help explain recent periods of accelerated melting. They hold the vast majority of Earth’s fresh water and are the main contributor to rising sea levels when they melt. From the air, the contours of Totten Glacier are invisible because the entire Antarctic continent is covered by a seamless, kilometres-thick blanket of snow and ice. Team leader Ben Galton-Fenzi, from the Australian Antarctic Division, said the Totten Glacier contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by about three metres (9.8 feet) if it all melted.
March 20, 2018 05:03 UTC
HE may have won several best actor awards in his 18-year career in the local entertainment scene, but actor Bront Palarae humbly takes his hat off to actor Datuk Rosyam Nor for setting a high bar in the industry. “That is the kind of commitment which separates a star from the rest,” said Bront, who is also a screenwriter, director and producer. He had just wrapped up filming cybertech action thriller Proksi, in which Rosyam is part of the cast. “To act together with Rosyam and Faizal is like being in the front seat with them on a roller coaster. They are both professional hackers in the action thriller, which is expected to be released next year.
March 20, 2018 05:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Videos of parents jumping off a bridge in Kuala Kuba Bharu with their children has gone viral on social media. A stunt designed for adrenaline junkies, the rope swing stunt has drawn many participants, including Mohd Redha Rozlan of the Vietnam Ninja Warrior fame. The father can be seen jumping off a bridge while attached to a safety rope but what was even more daring was the fact that he performed the jump with his daughter. He also advised parents not to try the stunt with their children if their young ones are not ready to do so. Mohd Shafiq said more than 200 people have made the jump since he started the rope swing activity about a year ago.
March 20, 2018 04:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: They were once an item, but the relationship ended after two years and Datuk Hans Isaac and Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor went their separate ways. However, the two were reported to have gone out on a date recently, watching John Legend’s concert held at Arena of Stars, Resorts World Genting, Genting Highlands, Pahang last weekend. News was abuzz after fellow celebrity Datin Elaine Daly uploaded an Insta Story, showing Hans and Neelofa seated next to each other having a meal at a restaurant there. A post shared by elainedaly (@elainedaly) on Mar 17, 2018 at 10:13pm PDTNeelofa, 29, also uploaded on her Instagram a video of the dishes they had at the restaurant. Nevertheless, until now both Hans and Neelofa had not made any statement with regards to the status of their relationship.
March 20, 2018 04:41 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng seems to know the "Datuk Seri" being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), says political commentator Lim Sian See. In a statement on Tuesday (March 20), Sian See said that there could be more photos of Guan Eng and the Datuk Seri together. Sian See said this in reference to an online news portal report where Guan Eng had purportedly asked if the Barisan National media were getting leaked photographs from the authorities or the businessman himself. In the report, Guan Eng also claimed there could be more than two photographs of him taken with the Datuk Seri and perhaps even some taken with his wife and family members. Sian See believed that Guan Eng's line of questioning indicated that the photos were "not fake".
March 20, 2018 04:41 UTC
Several mid-sized suppliers told Reuters they supported Whole Foods' efforts to date. "We have a chance to move faster," said Califia Farms chief executive Doug Steltenpohl, among those who said he planned to attend the summit. Whole Foods chief executive John Mackey and members of the chain's marketing and merchandising team will host the summit. Since the restructuring, Whole Foods has replaced or stripped the power of its regional "foragers," who identified and nurtured small brands. "Amazon has encouraged Whole Foods to be more aggressive," said Jeff "Trip" Tripician, general manager of Niman Ranch.
March 20, 2018 04:30 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Umno's Datuk Seri Johari Ghani says he is being targeted by certain members of his own party who have gone to the extent of working with the Opposition to carry out a smear campaign against him. Sources revealed that those responsible for the hate campaign against the Second Finance Minister were Umno members with party positions. Johari won the Titiwangsa parliament seat in the 13th General Election in May 2013. The seat was previously held by PAS' Dr Lo' Lo' Mohd Ghazali who won the seat in 2008 but died in 2011. Barisan has yet to name its candidate for the seat, but it is believed that Johari will defend his constituency in the coming polls.
March 20, 2018 04:29 UTC
Had the Cambridge Analytica incident happened after GDPR becomes law on May 25, it "would have cost Facebook 4% of their global revenue", said Austrian privacy campaigner and Facebook critic Max Schrems. Schrems first raised concerns in 2011 about how easy it would be for third-party apps to harvest data from the unwitting friends of Facebook users. Facebook says it has tightened its controls on such practices since it discovered the alleged abuses by Cambridge Analytica in 2015. Schrems has founded a non-profit, called None Of Your Business (NOYB), that is hiring lawyers and exploring avenues for "strategic litigation" over GDPR privacy violations. In other words, the days of extensive "terms of service" agreements written in small text will no longer pass muster in Europe, numerous data privacy lawyers told Reuters.
March 20, 2018 04:18 UTC
(Reuters) - Liverpool forwards are focused on the club's progress and under no pressure to match playmaker Mohamed Salah's goal-scoring exploits this season, striker Roberto Firmino has said. We have very good chemistry here at Liverpool," Firmino told Goal when asked if he felt any burden of expectations to equal his team mate's goal-scoring run. The high-scoring Merseyside club, who are third in the league, will meet rivals City in a mouth-watering Champions League quarter-final tie next month. Firmino also said that compatriot Philippe Coutinho's move to Barcelona in January had changed the way Liverpool play and made them more unpredictable. Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace in the league on March 31.
March 20, 2018 04:07 UTC
TEMPE, Arizona/SAN FRANCISCO: An Uber self-driving car hit and killed a woman crossing the street in Arizona, police said on Monday, marking the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle and a potential blow to the technology expected to transform transportation. US lawmakers have been debating legislation that would speed introduction of self-driving cars. Wild WestUber and Waymo on Friday urged Congress to pass sweeping legislation to speed the introduction of self-driving cars into the United States. Arizona has opened its arms to companies testing self-driving vehicles as a means to economic growth and jobs. A year ago, Uber temporarily grounded its self-driving cars for a few days following a crash with another car in Tempe.
March 20, 2018 03:56 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia urges for all in Syria to adhere to the cessation of hostilities, plaguing the war torn country. Foreign Ministry said Malaysia remained deeply concerned at the continued deteriorating humanitarian situation in Syria and stands in solidarity with the international community in addressing this issue. "Malaysia also calls for all parties to protect the innocent lives and prevent mass casualties," it said in a statement today. In this regard, it added Malaysia echoed United Nations Secretary General António Guterres's statement on March 16, expressing his profound regret that United Nations Security Council Resolution 2401 (2018), concerning the cessation of hostilities throughout Syria, had not been implemented. More than 5.5 million Syrians were reported to have fled the country and 6.1 million people are displaced internally as of February this year.
March 20, 2018 03:33 UTC