Second case of mercury spill in school lab - Nation

MALACCA: Another case of mercury being spilled in a school laboratory was reported after a Fire and Rescue Department's Hazardous Materials (hazmat) team rushed to SMK Talib Karim in Alor Gajah on Thursday. Department spokesman Mohd Hafidzatullah Rashid said 20 students and a teacher were in the science laboratory when a thermometer fell and broke, spilling mercury onto the floor. Earlier this morning, a teacher and two students were taken to hospital after they were exposed to mercury from a broken thermometer at SMK Ken Hwa in Keningau district. They were conducting an experiment in the school laboratory when the incident happened. Sabah Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Khatizah Rahaban said the teacher and students were sent to hospital before firemen arrived.

February 23, 2017 11:26 UTC

Honda owners can replace airbag inflators at Petronas stations - Business News

KUALA LUMPUR: Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd is collaborating with Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PDB) to provide further convenience for its customers to replace Takata front airbag inflators.In a statement on Thursday, Honda Malaysia said owners of affected airbag inflators could replace them at selected Petronas stations.It said the replacements activities could also be done at Mobile Hub in shopping malls and all 84 Honda authorised services centres.“The affected customers are strongly encouraged to make an appointment at any authorised Honda service centre or selected Petronas stations to avoid any delays or setback,” it said.Honda Malaysia said the replacement activities at the Mobile Hub outlets in shopping malls and outdoor events nationwide, Honda Family Road Trips, did not require advance appointment.“Honda Malaysia is also working closely with the Road Transport Department to approach current owners who are affected by the Takata airbag inflator issue,” it said.

February 23, 2017 11:03 UTC

Japanese men hold competition to celebrate baldness - Regional

TSURUTA CITY, JAPAN: More than 30 bald men gathered at a hot spring facility here on Wednesday to show off their hairless heads and have fun. Members of the city's Bald Men Club took turns competing in a unique game of tug-of-war by sticking a suction cup, which is attached to a single red rope, to each of their heads. Masatomo Sasaki, 64, a first-time participant at the tournament, said he used to feel insecure about his baldness but now feels differently. "And that is thanks to this bald men's club." "I want all the bald men all over the world to gather here so we can organise a bald men's Olympic tournament," Sugo said.

February 23, 2017 11:03 UTC

Hishammuddin: Rohingya aid mission a huge success - Nation

PORT KLANG: The Food Flotilla For Myanmar which delivered the much-needed food, water and medical supplies to the displaced Rohingya community in Myanmar and Bangladesh was a big success, says Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein. PAS and Umno members also volunteered and worked side-by-side during aid mission. Hishammuddin added that the flotilla mission was important because it brought many people together despite their differing stands and political ideologies. The camaraderie among volunteers was promising and we hope it is the beginning of something big,'' said Hishammuddin. Also at the cruise centre to welcome volunteers home were Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam and Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong.

February 23, 2017 09:10 UTC

Three sent to hospital after mercury exposure at Keningau school lab - Nation

KOTA KINABALU: A teacher and two students were taken to hospital after they were exposed to mercury from a broken thermometer at SMK Ken Hwa in Keningau district Thursday morning. The teacher, Nurul Ain Aziz, 31, had her hands exposed to the mercury while two 13-year-olds, Adrian Kent and Adrian Justin, had their neck and hand exposed to the substance respectively. They were conducting an experiment in the school laboratory when the incident happened. Sabah Fire and Rescue Department public relations officer Khatizah Rahaban said the teacher and students were sent to hospital before firemen arrived. "Firemen cleaned the area using sulphur power and the lab is safe to use now," she said.

February 23, 2017 08:51 UTC

Berahino certain Hughes will unlock his potential - Football

(Reuters) - Mark Hughes' stellar career as a striker has given forward Saido Berahino a reason to be optimistic the Stoke City manager will help the bring the best out of him. By contrast, Hughes won a host of trophies, including two league titles and four FA Cups, during his glittering 22-year playing career. "He has already given me some really good tips, which helps with those coming from somebody who enjoyed a tremendous career in world football as a striker himself," Berahino told the club's website ( "He understands how I play and how to get the best of me." Berahino, who has made two substitute appearances for Stoke so far, will hope to break his barren run when Hughes' men, who are ninth in the table, travel to face third-placed Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

February 23, 2017 08:37 UTC

Singapore league lands Hyundai Motors as co-title sponsor - Football

(Reuters) - Singapore's top soccer league pulled off a major coup by getting South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co on board as the new co-title sponsor, replacing food and beverage company Yeo Hiap Seng. Hyundai signed a two-year deal as co-title sponsor for the competition, which will now be known as the Great Eastern-Hyundai S.League, the country's football association (FAS) said in a statement on Thursday. "We are delighted to welcome Hyundai Motors on board as co-title sponsors of the S.League," said Lim Kia Tong, President of the FAS Provisional Council. Singapore's Today newspaper reported earlier this week that Yeo's, the S.League's longest-running corporate backers and co-title sponsors for the past 13 seasons, was reluctant to renew it's sponsorship agreement. "As the longest-standing sponsor of the S.League, we welcome corporations like Hyundai in coming forward to join us to support local football.

February 23, 2017 08:26 UTC

Teen witnesses to Balamurugan's abuse are being illegally detained, claims lawyer - Nation

Balamurugan, 44, died at the North Klang police headquarters on Feb 8. Earlier, he had been taken to a magistrate's court to be remanded, which was denied after the magistrate saw him vomit blood. On Feb 11, the police applied for three more days of remand which was granted. "But just as they were about to get into the car, the police rearrested them and applied for two more days of remand. "Oddly enough, another Klang magistrate granted the police four days remand instead of the applied two days and we are unsure why," he added.

February 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

S. Korea blasts news of Kim murder via loudspeaker to North

SEOUL: South Korea is using giant loudspeakers to blast news of the dramatic assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's half-brother across the border with its reclusive northern neighbour, it was reported Thursday. Kim Jong-nam - the eldest son of the North's late leader Kim Jong-il - died on Feb 13 after being attacked by two women at a Kuala Lumpur International Airport in what is suspected to be a murder planned by Pyongyang. "Kim Jong-nam... died after being attacked by two unidentified women at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia," blared the message from the speakers and replayed by the TV station. "Malaysian authorities said four suspects are North Korean nationals including one who has been arrested," it said. North Korean state media Thursday broke its 10-day silence on the murder, launching a ferocious assault on Malaysia for its "immoral" handling of the case and for playing politics with the corpse.

February 23, 2017 08:15 UTC

Mourinho miffed by timing of Chelsea FA Cup showdown - Football

"We play Chelsea on Monday then we've got a second match in Europe, Russia or Turkey. We're Manchester United. "As United manager, I don't do that to the FA Cup because the FA Cup is not guilty of these decisions. The cup is beautiful, the competition is historical and I have to treat United supporters and the FA Cup in the right way. United, who have won the FA Cup 12 times, play Southampton in the League Cup final on Sunday, looking for their fifth win in the competition.

February 23, 2017 08:04 UTC

Lawyers: Nothing vague about Balamurugan's second autopsy report - Nation

PETALING JAYA: There is nothing vague about the second post-mortem results on S. Balamurugan, who died in police custody at the North Klang district police headquarters recently. They also argued that the police’s investigating officer was present when the Hospital Kuala Lumpur forensic team explained the outcome of the autopsy to the family and the lawyers. "The police are also in possession of 82 autopsy photographs which detail the wounds upon Balamurugan's body," Surendran said. On Wednesday, Khalid said police would seek more details from the doctor who carried out the second autopsy on Balamurugan. Describing the report as "very vague", he said the police "do not know" on which part of the body was the blunt trauma and whether it was blunt trauma or a heart attack that caused the death.

February 23, 2017 08:00 UTC

Child care centre employee charged with child abuse - Nation

SHAH ALAM: A 23-year-old employee of a child care centre pleaded not guilty in a Sessions Court here to a charge of abusing a toddler. Norsyafiqah Anis Mohamad Ahpandi was charged with abusing the three-year-old boy by causing injury to him. She allegedly committed the offence at an Aman Putri child care centre between 4.30pm and 5.30pm on Feb 17. However, Norsyafiqah's counsel Siti Rohaya Mohd Tajuddin said her client was the sole breadwinner for her family after her father stopped working. Siti Rohaya added that Norsyafiqah earned RM1,000 monthly and supported her three siblings who were still schooling.

February 23, 2017 07:52 UTC

Johor Sultan: All must know when their time is over - Nation

MUAR: Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar (pic) chided a former prime minister, saying he will not interfere with Tunku Mahkota Johor if and when he hands over the throne to his son. "I will not interfere or criticise the new Sultan, and you must accept the new Sultan and follow his decrees. Sultan Ibrahim said he had noticed politicians playing up several issues, and this could mean that the general election is just around the corner. In apparent reference to Dr Mahathir, Sultan Ibrahim said "this politician" had forgotten, or become senile because of his advanced age, that his era is over. "Before this, the state government had no money to pay salaries of civil servants but now, Johor has billions in reserve.

February 23, 2017 07:04 UTC

Transgender woman found dead with gunshot wound - Nation

KUANTAN: A transgender woman was found dead with a gunshot wound and her body mutilated. The victim, known to her family as Shameera Krishnan, 26, was said to have gone out at 3am Thursday to get something to eat. "We don't know why anyone would hurt her like this," Reenunair said when met at Hospital Tengku Ampuan Afzan here. Reenunair said Shameera worked at a flower shop here and had never complained of anyone harassing her. She added that Shameera was born male but had lived as a woman for the past seven to eight years.

February 23, 2017 06:45 UTC

Don't visit North Korea, Nazri tells Malaysians - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz has discouraged Malaysians from visiting North Korea, citing security reasons. The Culture and Tourism Minister described North Korea as a "rogue" state which is highly unpredictable. "I don't encourage Malaysians to visit North Korea. On calls to revoke free visas for North Koreans visiting Malaysia, Mohamed Nazri said the move was not necessary. The four North Koreans who were involved in the murder have returned to Pyongyang.

February 23, 2017 06:43 UTC

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