“From May 18-31, GST will stand for Great Savings Today as we offer our customers an early taste of a zero-rated GST shopping experience,” the retailer said yesterday. Confectionery-maker Famous Amos Malaysia posted on Facebook that customers need not wait till June 1 to purchase items at GST zero rate. Mydin is enjoying a boost in its sales even before the implementation of the zero-rated GST. Malaysia-Singapore Coffeeshop Proprietors’ General Association president Ho Su Mong said with zero-rated GST, more coffeeshop owners would be moved to reduce the price of drinks and foodstuff. “And, we hope that this would not be seen as cheating.”Related story:Car sales to jump with big savings from zero GST
May 19, 2018 23:15 UTC
It could be bad news if broader talks go sour, but it could offer a potential path forward if the two countries find common ground. "It wouldn't really hit the domestic movie business much whether we bring in more foreign movies or not," said Yu Jianhong, vice president of Beijing Film Academy. This, however, had been held up as Beijing rejigged its film regulator, handing more control to the ruling Communist Party, and then as trade tensions with the United States grew. "Profit sharing is a higher priority," he said, and studios "would like to see 45 percent as opposed to 25 percent." "China has pledged to open its market on a lot of fronts, but you have to consider the special aspect of culture and entertainment industry," said Beijing Film Academy's Yu.
May 19, 2018 22:52 UTC
"There was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States' trade deficit in goods with China," the joint statement said. "To meet the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and the need for high-quality economic development, China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and services."U.S. This could be a reference to China's previous pledges to open up more economic sectors to services.U.S. "It is a very limited and tentative agreement mainly designed to deescalate tensions," Prasad said of the joint statement.IP VAGUENESSThe statement was vague on the Trump administration's core intellectual property complaints, saying that both countries "attach paramount importance to intellectual property protections ... China will advance relevant amendments to its laws and regulations, including the Patent Law. "There are concerns among some legislators and trade experts that Trump could give priority to a narrower trade deficit over tackling what they say is China's abuse of intellectual property rights.
May 19, 2018 22:41 UTC
Although he rested goalkeeper Keylor Navas in order to hand a debut to his son Luca, Zidane fielded an otherwise first- choice side against Villarreal, starting Bale alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at the expense of Karim Benzema. I'm very happy with his role in the team at the moment and what he has been doing for us," Zidane told reporters. "Nothing his changed in him, if there's one difference it's the goals that he has been scoring recently." Bale suffered a series of muscle injuries in the first half of the campaign and played only five times in La Liga until January. We're ready to play our final and that's all, I'm not going to talk about formations or the team I will pick," the Frenchman said.
May 19, 2018 22:30 UTC
“I’m happy for my debut, but the result is a bit bitter-sweet,” said Luca. “My dad told me yesterday that I would play and he told me to make the most of this moment. (Reuters photo)Real coach Zinedine Zidane has four sons – two of them have now played for the European champions after Enzo featured in midfield in 2016 before moving to Alaves and then Lausanne in Switzerland. “He was the only one of the squad who had not started this year,” said Zinedine. “When I play, I’m Luca, not Zidane,” said the French Under-20 international.
Source:New Strait Times
May 19, 2018 22:18 UTC
I have been told I latch on to some of these labels too tightly and rage against the world with them. Well I do, but I will admit that it’s hard for Malaysia to transform itself into that sort of society. There is hope, and hope is a priceless commodity at my age. Our new Prime Minister Dr M? I, who always feel alone, want to thank Malaysians, for giving me an election that opens the door to possibilities.
INDONESIAN Rexy Mainaky performed a Wai when addressing the media on Thailand’s chances at the Thomas-Uber Cup Finals. Indeed, the former Malaysia doubles coach is feeling right at home in Thailand after taking over the team in 2016. We’ve to be realistic about our team’s chances,” said Rexy, the high-performance director. It’ll be tougher for our men.”The women are led by former world champion Ratchanok Intanon while the men’s team are spearheaded by world No. We’re in a transition period.”Under Rexy, Thailand pulled off a superb show by winning four gold medals at last year’s Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, performing even better than Indonesia and hosts Malaysia.
And V Shem is ready for battle. “I’m prepared, the team is ready,” said V Shem, after the final training session with Tan Wee Kiong on the eve of the Finals at Impact Arena yesterday. Malaysia’s success in Bangkok depends very much on the performance of Rio Olympic Games silver medal winners V Shem-Wee Kiong. But V Shem said that they should not be written off. “Wee Kiong and I will fight for every point,” said V Shem.
“That (Altantuya) case is my only (alleged) crime, as I do not have any criminal record prior to that. “I also would like to thank Anwar for calling for a fresh trial,” Sirul told the portal. Sirul also “expressed his displeasure” over how the murder trial took place, adding that he had followed his lawyers’ instructions. As a police officer, and later with the Special Actions Unit, Sirul said he had “apprehended and killed others in the line of duty before under orders”. In 2009, Sirul and accomplice Azilah Hadri were convicted of murdering Altantuya and were sentenced to death.
WORLD champion Viktor Axelsen is the happiest man after a proposal to change the badminton scoring format failed. Yesterday, 129 people voted for the 11x5 while 123 opposed a change during the Badminton World Federation’s (BWF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Bangkok. 1 Axelsen said the shorter version would have killed the game – especially the physical aspect of it. “Firstly, I think it’s too late to change the scoring format as the players are gearing up for the 2018 Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Axelsen. “The team delivered two years ago and we’re back with the same strong team.
Pakatan Harapan went to bat in the 14th General Election promising they would separate the functions of the AG and PP if they won. The first two local AGs were politicians – Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Yusuf (1963–1977) and Tan Sri Hamzah Abu Samah (1977–1980). (He and his wife, Tan Sri Fatimah Hashim, who was already in Umno, was also Welfare Minister, making them the first and only couple in the Cabinet.) Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman (1980–1993) was the first AG, who was not a member of a political party. According to several legal commentators, the Reid Commission appeared comfortable with the AG carrying out the functions of a PP.
PETALING JAYA: Bangi lawmaker Dr Ong Kian Ming (pic) has asked the people not to judge new Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik based on his academic background. Firstly, his (Dr Maszlee) CV (curriculum vitae) is impressive and he should not be pigeonholed as ‘just’ an ‘Islamic scholar’. He said apart from academic qualifications, Dr Maszlee also had vast experience in non-governmental organisation charity work in Lebanon and Jordan since 2004. Dr Ong said these provided Dr Maszlee with a “crucial insight” into the politics and social dynamics of the Middle East. On supporting controversial preacher Dr Zakir, the Bangi MP said Dr Mazlee’s views should not be misconstrued.
MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid suffered a potential confidence jolt ahead of next week's Champions League final against Liverpool as they threw away a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Villarreal in their final La Liga game of the season on Saturday. Real ended a disappointing domestic season in third place on 76 points, 14 behind champions Barcelona who can increase the gap to 17 if they beat Real Sociedad on Sunday. "The league campaign started badly for us but we have ended it well and now we've got the most beautiful thing, which is the final. We're ready for the final and we don't have any injuries. The point was enough to ensure Villarreal finished fifth in the standings on 61 points, one above sixth-placed Real Betis, who lost 3-2 to Leganes, although both sides were already assured of automatic places in next season's Europa League.
May 19, 2018 21:08 UTC
Conte won the Premier League with Chelsea in the 2016-17 season, his first in England, racking up a then record-breaking 30 victories in the process. Because after these two seasons I will always love this colour, these fans, this club. Chelsea fans chanted his name long and loudly on Saturday. "To miss the Champions League, for sure is not good for a club like Chelsea," he said. But also in a difficult season like this, I showed that I am a serial winner."
May 19, 2018 19:47 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea captain Gary Cahill said Chelsea needed their FA Cup win on Saturday to save a disappointing season where they failed to retain their Premier League title and finished fifth, out of the Champions League places. Forward Eden Hazard earned the London side a 1-0 win over Manchester United with a 22nd-minute penalty at Wembley. "This was to save our season. We haven't had a magnificent season by any stretch," Cahill said on the pitch as his team mates celebrated in front of their roaring fans. Especially for me, this is my first season and I win a trophy.
May 19, 2018 18:45 UTC