KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal police’s Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department (NCID) is on the hunt for 130 Malaysians to facilitate probes into drug-related cases. In a statement yesterday, the department released photos and details of the 130 suspects from across the country, and sought the public’s assistance for information on their precise whereabouts. Police said some of the individuals on the list are sought to help close pending cases. "We will go all out to eradicate drug abuse and nip it in the bud. This includes collaborating with the media, non-governmental organisations and community leaders”, he added.
June 24, 2017 05:03 UTC
SHAH ALAM: Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be celebrated with joy by many, but for 10-year-old Mohd Hasif Mohd Halim, it will be the second Aidilfitri without his parents and siblings. What is left for the boy are memories of his family. She said although Hasif appeared strong and happy, her husband and their two sons noticed that the boy missed his family more each day. “Every day, when we go about our day, he will bring up the things he used to do with them. But when asked about his parents and sisters, Hasif became quiet as if he was trying to hide his feelings.
June 24, 2017 04:52 UTC
California-born Iaquinta, who is assigned to SMK Jengka 18, said she had previously tried fasting during her university days. “Nicole (Charette) and myself often look forward to Ramadan bazaar where we could find a variety of local food and snacks. Everything looks tempting and the traders would often persuade us to try some of the (food) items sold at their stalls. Posted to SMK Jengka 16, Charette said trying to fast gave her an idea of what it felt like during the month of Ramadan. “Now with Hari Raya Aidilfiltri fast approaching, both of us have received numerous invitations to open house events from teachers and students.
June 24, 2017 04:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Integrated poultry farmer Lay Hong Bhd is bullish on expanding halal products for both local and international markets once its Pulau Indah food processing plant is operational. Lay Hong group executive director Yap Chor How said the demand for halal food is growing globally, particularly in Japan, as the government has been working on attracting more companies in the country to produce halal products. “We will be producing halal products that target both the Muslim market as well as the Japanese market for the upcoming Olympic games. Lay Hong had acquired a 1.61ha parcel of land in Pulau Indah for RM30 million. He said Lay Hong is working towards exporting its products to Singapore, the Middle East, the European Union as wellas Japan.
June 24, 2017 04:07 UTC
ALTHOUGH she has sported a modest Muslimah image in recent years, Mizz Nina is aware that she can never fully shed her colourful past as a rapper and singer. It was only after she tiedthe knot with Hujan frontman Noh Salleh in 2011 that her journey towards spirituality took place. The artiste, whose real name is Shazrina Azman, sealed her status as a Muslim revert after returning from her Haj in 2013. “Take it step by step. This is between you and Him.”Despite having taken this spiritual route for several years, she said she had a long way to go.
June 24, 2017 03:56 UTC
BERLIN: Germany was bracing for panda mania as furry ambassadors arrive from China on Saturday, destined for a new life as stars of Berlin’s premier zoo. The pair, named Meng Meng and Jiao Qing, will be jetting in on a special Lufthansa cargo plane, accompanied by two Chinese panda specialists, the Berlin Zoo’s chief vet and a tonne of bamboo. Famed for its “panda diplomacy“, China has dispatched its national treasure to only about a dozen countries as a symbol of close relations. “We are obviously nervous now because everything must go well,” Berlin Zoo director Andreas Knieriem told SWR radio on Friday. Meng Meng means “dream” in Chinese, while Jiao Qing translates as “darling“, though the Chinese characters are a composite of “tender” and “festive” or “celebration.”But the honour of hosting them does not come cheap.
June 24, 2017 03:54 UTC
KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica's Olympic champion sprinter Elaine Thompson defended her national 100 metres title in Kingston on Friday with a world leading time of 10.71 seconds. "The focus is on the world championships, so in due time the fast times will come," she added. Men's former 100m world champion Yohan Blake recorded a season-best 9.90 to capture the national title in the absence of Olympic champion Usain Bolt, who decided to skip the meeting as he prepares for his world championships farewell in London. "Everyday Usain Bolt keeps encouraging me and along with the hard work things are coming together at the right time." Julian Forte, who clocked a personal best 9.99 to win his semi-final, was runnerup in 10.04, with Senoj-Jay Givans third.
June 24, 2017 03:33 UTC
So we've had a few days by now to try out the new Pokemon Go gym mechanics. It seems Niantic was listening when people complained about having their gym slots stolen out from under their noses by team mates after levelling up a friendly gym. Capping the number of slots at gyms to a max of six permanent slots instead of 10. So levelling up and/or sniping other people's slots at gyms has gone the way of the dodo. Which begs the question: why have a revive mechanism if players can't fully revive downed mons while they're still in the gym?
June 24, 2017 03:22 UTC
DUBAI: The Qatari-owned Al Jazeera television network hit back on Friday at reported demands by four Arab countries to close it down, calling them "nothing but an attempt to silence the freedom of expression in the region." Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to Iran, an official of one of the four countries said. "We assert our right to practice our journalism professionally without bowing to pressure from any government or authority and we demand that governments respect the freedom of media to allow journalists to continue to do their jobs free of intimidation, threats, and fearmongering," Al Jazeera said.
June 24, 2017 03:00 UTC
ISTANBUL: Five people, including three children, died Friday after being electrocuted at a water park in western Turkey, reports said. The manager of the park in the town of Akyazi and his son jumped into the water in an effort to save the children, who were caught in an electrical current, the private Dogan news agency reported. But the men also became trapped in the current and were electrocuted. It was not immediately clear what had caused the tragedy, but the state-run Anadolu news agency reported a probe had been launched. Hasan Akcan, Akyazi's mayor, said the park had received a license in 2012 as a swimming pool and amusement centre, adding that what happened was "saddening," according to Anadolu.
June 24, 2017 03:00 UTC
PARIS: When the 2017 edition of the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition (Lima) ended just three months ago, it was declared the biggest and best. But organiser EN Projects (M) Sdn Bhd is already planning to outdo itself. Speaking to the New Straits Times here, Jacobson said Lima 2019 was expected to be 20 per cent bigger than this year’s exhibition. At 119,209 sq m, Lima 2017 was 15,000 sq m or so bigger than the show two years earlier, so increasing the exhibition space another 20 per cent would be no mean feat. Lima 2019, he said, would see a 50-50 division of the aerospace segment between the commercial and defence industries.
June 24, 2017 02:37 UTC
This in itself is nothing short of a phenomenon for the UN, especially when you consider that other religious holidays are not official public holidays for the world body. Closer still is the second event on June 23, when the UN will celebrate Public Service Day. This year’s Public Service Day — as designated by the United Nations — falls on the Friday before Aidilfitri. Now that the civil service museum is no more, perhaps exhibitions such as this will help to sate the public’s curiosity about the luminaries of the service. Happy Public Service Day!
June 24, 2017 02:15 UTC
BRUSSELS: A Belgian court convicted eight Emirati royals on Friday of human trafficking and degrading treatment of their servants at a Brussels hotel, reports said. The princesses were prosecuted over the treatment of 23 women, many of them African, who worked for the family from 2007-2008 at what was then the prestigious Conrad hotel in Brussels. The family rented out an entire floor of the hotel and allegedly paid sub-standard wages to the women, who were without working or residency documents. The women worked long hours, with some sleeping on mattresses laid outside the room of the princess they served. They were not allowed to leave the royals’ floor of the hotel, Belga said, citing the investigation.
June 24, 2017 01:52 UTC
WASHINGTON: The CIA had top-level intelligence last August that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an operation to help Donald Trump win the US presidential race, the Washington Post reported Friday. The Post said that as soon as the intelligence on Putin came in, the White House viewed it as a deep national security threat. But it remains unclear, the Post said, whether Trump has followed through with that. “Just out: The Obama Administration knew far in advance of November 8th about election meddling by Russia. “The CIA gave him information on Russia a long time before they even – before the election.
June 24, 2017 01:52 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO: Google said Friday it would stop scanning the contents of Gmail users’ inboxes for ad targeting, moving to end a practice that has fuelled privacy concerns since the free email service was launched. A Google statement said Gmail users would still see “personalised” ads and marketing messages but these would be based on other data, which may include search queries or browsing habits. Google Cloud senior vice president Diane Greene said in a blog that the free Gmail service would now follow the same practices as its corporate G Suite Gmail. “This decision brings Gmail ads in line with how we personalise ads for other Google products. Users can change those settings at any time, including disabling ads personalisation.”Privacy activists have long complained that the scanning of email contents amounts to unwarranted “eavesdropping” on users.
June 24, 2017 00:45 UTC