BEIJING: Life may be stranger than fiction for an award-winning Chinese crime writer who has been arrested in connection with a quadruple-homicide that took place more than two decades ago. Authorities told The Paper, a Chinese publication, that Liu remarked as he was being handcuffed: "I've been waiting for you here all this time." At the time of Liu's arrest, he was editing a student paper and running a literature course, Chinese media reported. Liu's students told the Beijing News that he never talked about his personal life. One of the officers who arrested Liu told The Paper that he handed him a letter addressed to his wife.
August 19, 2017 02:26 UTC
DESPITE warnings to traders to keep their business premises, food stalls or restaurants clean, the same mistakes continue to occur. A Petaling Jaya resident, who wished to be identified only as Emmet, shared his concerns about the hygiene of food stalls in Jalan Cecawi 6/19a. In the beginning, the stall was clean, but the cleanliness has deteriorate. “I hope the Petaling Jaya City Council will take action against traders who do not keep their stalls clean. “The council should conduct more checks.”ACTIONLINE:A council spokesman said the council would check on the resident’s complaint.
August 19, 2017 02:26 UTC
Hot on the heels of her debut single, larger-than-life entrepreneur, Datuk Seri Hasmiza Othman, or Vida, is focusing on the release of I Am Me: Rahsia Niaga DS Vida, which chronicles her success story. She hopes that the book is used as a guide and a source of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs. There are stories about my life experiences that were the driving force behind the success,” Vida told New Straits Times about the book, authored by Zinitulniza Abdul Kadir. The interview took six hours,” said Vida, who was informed that it was among the fastest publishing projects handled by ITBM. The first edition of I Am Me: Rahsia Niaga DS Vida will see 10,000 copies printed.
August 19, 2017 02:15 UTC
Nevertheless, things do not come much easier as London rivals Tottenham are next on the fixture list tomorrow. Statistics from BBC Sport point out that Chelsea are only the second reigning EPL champions to lose the opening game of the following campaign (after Leicester last season). Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli were impressive at St James Park last Sunday and will be looking to condemn Chelsea to a second consecutive defeat. New signing Lukaku scored twice in the win while another new addition, Nemanja Matic, impressed after his move from Chelsea. Man Utd to win by a comfortable margin is my tip for this game.
August 19, 2017 01:21 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A detective from Bukit Aman's D7A division was shot dead when visiting an acquaintance in Changloon in Kedah on Friday night. Abu Hashim Ismail, 54, was shot seven times by an unknown assailant – three times in the back, and once in his left waist, right waist, chest and stomach. He was pronounced dead at the scene by medical officers from Hospital Jitra. The deceased was attached to Bukit Aman's secret societies, gambling and vice division, and had been on pension leave when he was murdered. News of the shooting had earlier gone viral on Facebook, claiming that the officer had been fatally shot four times in the back.
August 19, 2017 00:49 UTC
MARCELL has a couple of things to celebrate next month: his 40th birthday and 15th anniversary in the music industry. The Indonesian singer, whose full name is Marcellius Kirana Hamonangan Siahaan, said he wanted to celebrate these two occasions with a solo concert in Malaysia. Marcell was in town to promote his debut solo concert here, themed “Once In A Lifetime”. Marcell will be accompanied by 14 musicians, led by Indonesian music director Rishanda Singgih. I will announce the performers closer to the concert date.”The concert is a four-party joint collaboration — Marcell, Empire Live, VMC Music Indonesia and Oleg Sanchabakhtiar (from Planet Design Indonesia).
August 19, 2017 00:33 UTC
RESIDENTS of Lorong 3, Kampung Bernam Batu 11, Hutan Melintang, Teluk Intan, Perak, claim a road leading to their village is dangerous. More than 10 families live there and the road is the main link for many school-going children and people who commute to work. A villager, who declined to be named, said the road’s condition was dangerous to road users. “The road’s condition is aggravated by the heat, heavy rainand poor drainage in the area.”Seri Samak MIC assistant secretary Dr M. Saravanabavan said the poor road conditions were not a trivial matter. He said the problem worsened when potholes were filled with water, posing a great danger to road users.
August 19, 2017 00:33 UTC
LONDON: British athletics great Mo Farah will hope his final track race on home turf on Sunday will have a happier ending than last Saturday’s world 5,000 metres final. The spectators, though, have largely given him the benefit of the doubt and Farah admits Sunday’s race will have his emotions in turmoil. “It’s definitely going to be emotional,” said Farah, who will make his final track appearance in the Zurich Diamond League meet next week. “Mo Farah is thought by many commentators to be the greatest distance athlete of all time,” said de Vos. None more so than the women’s 100 metres which sees Olympic champion Elaine Thompson try and restore some of her lustre after flopping in the world final.
August 19, 2017 00:22 UTC
(Reuters) - Fourth-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza won a lengthy battle against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-2 5-7 7-5 on a hot and windy day on Friday to reach the Cincinnati Open semi-finals. Wimbledon champion Muguruza stuck out her tongue in exasperation after finally prevailing in the two hour 45-minute contest between the two grand slam winners. Muguruza next faces world number one Karolina Pliskova, who won back-to-back matches on Friday. The top seed then took another step toward successfully defending her title by overpowering former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-4 in her second match. Second seed Simona Halep also beat Britain's Johanna Konta for the first time in an exciting back and forth 6-4 7-6(1) victory.
August 18, 2017 23:41 UTC
MECCA: Muassasah Southeast Asia, the Saudi agency in Mecca responsible for Haj pilgrims from the region, has made several improvements to ensure a more comfortable Masyair phase this year. Masyair, a crucial part of the Haj, involves pilgrims travelling from Mecca to Arafah for Wukuf, then on to Muzdalifah, followed by four days in Mina. Muassasah Southeast Asia chairman Muhammed Amin Hassan Andarqiri said for this year’s Haj season, pilgrims will be using newer GPS-equipped buses, and their accommodations have also seen some upgrade. “In terms of health services, there are six hospitals in Mecca and three in Arafah and Mina specifically for Haj pilgrims,” he said. On how the Muassasah manages 300,000 Haj pilgrims from Southeast Asia every year, he said the task is made easier by cooperating with agencies like TH.
August 18, 2017 23:37 UTC
MECCA: Malaysian haj pilgrims under emotional distress should seek out Tabung Haji (TH) counsellors who are qualified to help resolve their problems. We can talk to the pilgrims and alleviate the pressure on them,” TH Counselling manager Fauziah Ahmad told Malaysian media here recently. She said pilgrims can talk to the counsellors in person or through the unit’s PEKA hotline. “The counsellors have found most pilgrims are well adjusted to the weather and their roommates. She said pilgrims need not worry about breach of confidentiality when speaking to the counsellors as they are bound by the profession’s code of ethics.
August 18, 2017 23:37 UTC
GREENSBORO, North Carolina (Reuters) - Webb Simpson recovered from two consecutive bogeys to join fellow American Ryan Armour in the lead on 13-under par after the second round at the Wyndham Championship on Friday. Simpson, the 2011 champion, carded 64, while Armour went even lower with a nine-birdie, nine-under-par 61 in ideal if sweltering conditions at Sedgefield Country Club. They led by one stroke from Swede Henrik Stenson, who eschewed a driver for the second straight day while carding 66. Simpson, who was born a one-hour drive east of the course in Raleigh and now lives 90 minutes west in Charlotte, enjoys playing in his home state. “The ball is getting up in the air a little better and it allows me to keep the rhythm that I want,” said Armour.
August 18, 2017 23:15 UTC
KLANG: The canteen at the Hospital Tengku Ampuan Rahimah (HTAR) here was ordered to stop operations and clean up, after as a video emerged on social media showing a rat eating vegetables from a buffet counter. HTAR director Dr Ding Lay Ming said the hospital management viewed the allegation seriously and had taken proactive measures to handle the situation. This was not the first time the canteen had to be shut down. Dr Ding said that although it was not the first time the hospital canteen was ordered to shut down temporarily due to hygiene issues, the current operator only took over two years ago followed by an extensive renovation. He warned all canteen concessionaires at government hospitals to ensure their premises were clean and rat-free at all times.
August 18, 2017 22:30 UTC
(Reuters) - Top-seeded Spaniard Rafael Nadal defeated fellow countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas in straight sets on Friday to set up a mouth-watering quarter-final against Australian Nick Kyrgios. Nadal made a flurry of uncharacteristic errors in the first set but settled down in the second and ultimately cruised to a 7-6(1) 6-2 victory on a humid, gusty day at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati. It was difficult to control," a sweat-covered Nadal said during a television interview after the centre court battle. Nadal dug himself out of a 0-40 hole early in the second set by reeling off five straight points including two aces, putting himself up 3-2. With the win Nadal improved to 4-0 against Ramos-Vinolas and he has still never dropped a set to the 29-year-old lefty.
August 18, 2017 22:18 UTC
Newcomers Niklas Suele and Corentin Tolisso put the Bavarians ahead before Robert Lewandowski added a third goal with a penalty, following the official use of the video assistant referee for the first time in the Bundesliga. Admir Mehmedi pulled a goal back in the 65th minute for the visitors, who missed a handful of late chances to score again. Midfielder Tolisso did score in the 19th minute with a close-range header from Arturo Vidal's clever cross. Tolisso then rattled the post four minutes later with Leverkusen struggling to repel the Bayern pressure. Leverkusen finally managed to spark into life but were wasteful with their chances as Bayern stepped off the gas.
August 18, 2017 21:22 UTC