KUALA LUMPUR: Nicol David kept alive her bid for a ninth World Championship title after a hard-won battle with Asian rival Annie Au in Manchester yesterday. Former World No 1 Nicol downed Hong Kong's Au 11-7, 11-3, 10-12, 11-6 in 33 minutes to advance to the quarter-finals where she faces second seed Raneem El Weleily tomorrow. "I knew she (Au) would fight for some of the game and I know she is gifted in the court," said Nicol, who last won the world title in 2014 in Cairo. "I am really pleased with the way I played today and in the fourth game I knew I just had to keep the pressure on. Egyptian El Weleily, a two-time World Championship runner-up, reached the last-eight with an 11-5, 15-13, 11-13, 11-5 win over England's Victoria Lust in the second round.
December 14, 2017 11:15 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malayan Banking Bhd (Maybank) launched a pilot version of cashless mobile payment option using QR codes, called 'Maybank QRPay', making it the first bank to introduce such a service in the country. Maybank said the Maybank QRPay aims to promote greater use of cashless transactions in the country as it can be easily installed or used by any individual or business wanting to adopt cashless payment modes. "Our new service is versatile, allowing any merchant to accept QRPay transactions from Maybank customers regardless whether its account is with Maybank or not. Lim said the pilot phase will see all 33 stalls at the food court in Laman Menara Maybank adopting the Maybank QRPay option for customers. "Any merchant can apply to use the service by registering for Maybank QRPay via the Maybank QRPay merchant App, where they can indicate their own bank account number for payments to be channeled to.
December 14, 2017 10:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Aeon Credit (M) Service Bhd fell to its two-month low of RM13.06 after the Inland Revenue Board issued notices of “additional assessment with penalties” to it involving a collective RM96.82 million for the 2010 to 2016 assessment years. The stock, however, saw 35.30 per cent higher trading volume to 560,800 shares than Wednesday. Aeon Credit was served with notices of additional assessment for the years of assessment 2010 to 2016 with penalties by the IRB. However, Aeon Credit said it has appointed tax solicitors and is initiating proceedings to challenge the validity and legality of the said notices of additional assessment. Aeon Credit added that there are reasonable grounds to challenge the validity of the notices of additional assessment raised by the IRB and the penalties imposed.
December 14, 2017 10:41 UTC
The man, whom Chong Wei beat in a Group A match yesterday in the Super Series Finals in Dubai, has bounced back. Hong Kong's Ng Ka Long recovered from a loss to Chong Wei to stun South Korea’s highly fancied Son Wan Ho today. Chong Wei said he feels well conditioned for the battle ahead. National coach Tey Seu Bock said he is hoping Chong Wei can maintain the same level of performance he showed against Ka Long. Chong Wei, 35, has won the Super Series Finals four times: 2008 (Kota Kinabalu) 2009 (Johor Baru), 2010 (Taiwan) and 2013 (Kuala Lumpur).
December 14, 2017 10:41 UTC
SINGAPORE: An Australian, a Briton and two New Zealanders have been jailed for four weeks each in Singapore for selling forged tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert. The Australian, 56-year-old Paul Cosgrove, was sentenced Wednesday after admitting that he abetted Briton Martin Keane in a scheme to sneak fans into the British singer-songwriter’s sold-out concert in the city-state using the fake tickets. Keane, 60, was jailed last month after pleading guilty to his role in the crime, alongside two men from New Zealand, Scott Penk and Michael Hardgrave, who also admitted to selling forged tickets to the November 12 concert. Sheeran played two dates in Singapore, on November 11 and 12, as part of his tour of Asia. The pair from New Zealand obtained several forged passes outside the November 12 concert from unknown individuals.
December 14, 2017 10:30 UTC
Sharif said research carried out on ketum since the 1960s until now have identified 57 compounds from various species of the Mitragyna. Of the total, 37 were of the unique alkaloid types for the ketum and main alkaloid types for the ketum leaf, mitraginina. As such, clinical studies are needed to confirm the use of the ketum as a new form of painkiller as well as to treat drug addiction. Sharif was speaking to the New Straits Times after a public lecture titled ‘Ketum (Mitragyna Speciosa): History of Usage and Latest Findings’, here today. In Malaysia, ketum or known as daun biak or biak biak, has traditionally been used to treat cough, diarrhoea, skin infection, pain relief and opium withdrawal syndrome.
December 14, 2017 10:18 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) is looking at investment opportunities in infrastructure projects in the US.“We already invested in the equities market, and now we are looking at infrastructure assets with good returns because as an institutional fund we are always looking at long-term investment opportunities.“For instance, in Malaysia, we have invested in Tenaga Nasional Bhd and highway operator PLUS Malaysia Bhd,” said EPF chief executive officer Datuk Shahril Ridza Ridzuan told reporters at a briefing on Thursday.He also pointed out that the EPF has invested in infrastructure assets in the European region.He, however, noted that the potential investment in the US infrastructure projects would also depend on the tax structure.
December 14, 2017 09:56 UTC
The Chilean has been one of Arsenal's most potent weapons in recent seasons but has scored just four Premier League goals this campaign, the latest in last month's win over Huddersfield Town. "He is (very ambitious) but in situations like that, you do not want to focus on one player. You focus more on the collective attitude of the team to keep them focused on the quality of our game," Wenger told Standard Sport. Wenger also said that the defeat to second-placed Manchester United earlier this month and a lack of preparation time were also factors in Arsenal's meek display during the stalemate. Arsenal host 16th-placed Newcastle United, who are winless in eight league games, on Saturday.
December 14, 2017 09:45 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan is taking legal action against Rafizi Ramli (pic) for mistakenly claiming that the Expo Negaraku contract was awarded to his “brother” Raslan Dahlan. "In light of the evidence against Rafizi and the malicious allegation thrown at me, I have appointed counsel Datuk M. Reza Hassan of Messrs Raja Riza & Associate," said Rahman Dahlan in a statement on Thursday (Dec 14).The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the firm is instructed to exhaust all legal means against Rafizi in order to put his continuous slandering to rest.Abdul Rahmah said he has evidence that Rafizi contacted Raslan Dahlan through Facebook asking whether he and the Kota Belud MP were related.He said this came after Rafizi held a press conference accusing Abdul Rahman of nepotism. "I was also aggrieved by the fact that Rafizi accused Economic Planning Unit (EPU) officers of leaking incorrect information in an attempt to create strife between hardworking EPU officers and me," he added.Rafizi had earlier claimed that PICO Integrated Exhibit Sdn Bhd's chief executive officer Raslan was Abdul Rahman’s brother.After Abdul Rahman refuted this, Rafizi admitted he had made a mistake.In a follow up press conference on Tuesday (Dec 12), Rafizi said he is prepared to apologise to Raslan for his mistake but refused to apologise to Rahman Dahlan.The Pandan MP said he was happy if Abdul Rahman wanted to sue him because he would be able to subpoena witnesses through the legal system.
December 14, 2017 09:43 UTC
YANGON: At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday. “At least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children below the age of five,” MSF said Thursday. The group’s findings come from six surveys of more than 11,426 people in Rohingya refugee camps and cover the first month after the crisis erupted. “We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering in overcrowded and unsanitary camps in Bangladesh,” said the group’s medical director Sidney Wong. “Almost every Rohingya family has one or multiple members killed in the violence.
December 14, 2017 09:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Former national coach Nelo Vingada feels that the man, who replaced him, Tan Cheng Hoe, is capable of leading Harimau Malaya. Vingada, who resigned as national coach following Malaysia’s poor results in the Asian Cup qualifiers, believes that Cheng Hoe, his former assistant, should have no problem taking over due to his wide experience with Malaysian football. “After leaving the Malaysian team, I can’t comment much on the matter,“However, I wish Tan (Cheng Hoe) and the national team all the best and success. Vingada, who signed a two-year contract with FAM, stepped down as national coach just after five months. Cheng Hoe, known for helping to make Kedah a football power, was promoted from assistant to national coach on Dec 7.
December 14, 2017 09:33 UTC
“Rafizi had organised a press conference on Monday and accused me of appointing my ‘brother’ as the main contractor of the Expo Negaraku project. “He confidently asserted that he had undertaken thorough research and various investigations, the result of which proved that Raslan Dahlan, who is the chief executive officer of PICO Integrated Exhibit Sdn Bhd, was indeed my ‘brother’. Rahman said, like countless other statements by Rafizi, this was another blatant lie that does not suit to his (Rafizi’s) position as a member of parliament. Rahman said he was aggrieved by the fact that Rafizi had accused Economic Planning Unit (EPU) officers of leaking incorrect information in an attempt to create conflict. I also have evidence that Rafizi had contacted Raslan immediately after his press conference, via Facebook message, asking whether he was actually my brother.
December 14, 2017 09:22 UTC
A 21-year-old salesgirl sent 30 nude photographs of herself to a person she met on WeChat after she was promised about RM15,000 for them. Suit said she was reluctant to send the photographs at first but thought she could make some fast and easy money. She said the person, who used the WeChat handle “lovebebe2520” and claimed to be a woman, also hounded her to send the photographs for about two weeks. “Initially, the woman said someone was willing to offer her RM12,000 for eight nude photographs. “I strongly advise all young girls and women to consider the consequences before giving out their nude photographs,” she said.
December 14, 2017 07:30 UTC
(Reuters) - Stoke City's long-serving defenders Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron have backed under-pressure manager Mark Hughes to turn things around at the struggling Premier League club. If we stick together as we have done over the years then it helps a lot," captain Shawcross was quoted as saying by the Stoke Sentinel. We're disappointed, frustrated... People have been saying 'Hughes Out', we know, but no -- when you see what he has done for the club he's a great manager," Cameron said. If we have that same attitude that we had on Tuesday night we will turn things around, for sure." Stoke host fellow strugglers West Ham United, who are two points behind in 19th, on Saturday.
December 14, 2017 07:30 UTC
TELANGANA (India): An Indian woman crafted an elaborate plot to disguise her lover as her dead husband, but the plan later unravelled because of a bowl of mutton soup. In a bizarre move, Swathi then allegedly poured acid on her lover's face and told her family that her husband had been attacked. NDTV reported that the plan was for Rajesh to have plastic surgery and take the place of her husband. However, Sudhakar's family became suspicious when Rajesh refused to eat the mutton soup served to him at the hospital. Swathi had reportedly told Rajesh she was unhappy in her marriage.
December 14, 2017 07:18 UTC