WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's hopes of reaching the World Cup finals in Russia next year have suffered a setback after defender Andrew Durante was ruled out of the two-leg playoff against Peru in November due to injury. The 35-year-old suffered a groin adductor injury in Wellington Phoenix's 3-2 loss to Sydney FC in the A-League last Sunday. New Zealand have qualified for the finals just twice before, in 1982 and 2010. They were hammered 9-3 on aggregate by Mexico in a playoff for a place at the 2014 finals in Brazil. NZF Chief Executive Andy Martin said the response was a "great result for football in New Zealand".
October 19, 2017 03:33 UTC
LIPIS: Two close friends died when their motorcycle collided head on with another bike at Km4, Jalan Sungai Koyan-Kuala Medang here last night. Mohamad Nasrul Mohamad Abdah, 25, and Wahadi Wahabat Rani, 23, died on the spot due to grievous head injuries in the 10pm accident. "The rider and passenger of the Yamaha 125Z is understood to have tried to overtake two other motorcycles in front of them, before losing control (of the Yamaha 125Z) and ending up on the opposite lane which led to the accident. "Both of them (rider and passenger of the Yamaha 125Z) suffered serious injuries due to the accident while two other motorcycle riders were also injured when they failed to avoid the two other bikes" he said today. He said the two deceased would be subjected to post-mortem at Kuala Lipis Hospital today, before being handed over to their respective families.
October 19, 2017 03:33 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Hamid, the younger brother of Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, has been released on bail. Magistrate Stephanie Sherron Abbie was at the Damai Specialist Hospital on where Hamid was warded since Sunday to conduct the release procedures Thursday. Hamid was allowed a RM50,000 bail (RM25,000 deposited) with two local sureties and was released at 10am. Stephanie later headed to the Gleneagles Hospital to carry out the release procedures for Hamid's son-in-law, Manzur Hussein Awal Khan. The 37-year-old businessman was allowed a RM30,000 bail with two sureties and is required to report monthly to the MACC office here.
October 19, 2017 03:22 UTC
FRUSTRATED motorists are complaining about the growing number of vehicles being parked illegally in front of a hypermarket in Persiaran Subang Permai, Subang Jaya. A resident named Fariz told Actionline that illegal parking was rampant in the area despite so many complaints to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ). “Every time I pass the road on my way home, I see vehicles parked in front of the hypermarket. “In the area, any vehicle that is parked illegally will be towed away immediately. “We will continue to monitor the road to ensure vehicles are not being parked illegally and disrupt traffic flow.”
October 19, 2017 03:00 UTC
HONG KONG: Film producer Harvey Weinstein, who has lost his reputation, his job and his Academy membership in an extraordinary fall from grace within one and a half weeks, should still thank his lucky stars. It could have been worse: For instance, if he had tried to have one of his hotel room encounters with Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh, she would have unleashed "years of martial arts training" on him. He was an executive producer of two of Yeoh's recent projects, the 2014-2016 historical series Marco Polo and the 2016 sequel to the Oscar-winning 2000 movie Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. I wasn't exposed to this side of him, otherwise he would have experienced the full effect of years of martial arts training." Zhang, who starred with Yeoh in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and broke into Hollywood, told The Associated Press she was glad not to have worked with Weinstein.
October 19, 2017 02:48 UTC
The 46-year-old chef from Kluang, Johor, will co-host TV3’s new TV reality cooking competition — Versus 1001 Rasa Babas — with Chef Dr Kamarul Hasni Che Rose, 42. “During one of Versus 1001 Rasa Babas’s recordings, there were times when I was at a loss of words in front of the camera. So, what was it that prompted producers of Versus 1001 Rasa Babas to select Adu as the co-host? Versus 1001 Rasa Babas is a cooking competition that spans 13 episodes. Versus 1001 Rasa Babas airs every Thursday beginning Oct 26 at 5.35pm, with repeats on Mondays starting Oct 30, also at the same time.
October 19, 2017 02:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: MIDF Research remains upbeat on automotive sector despite lower total industry volume (TIV) in September as core operating environment is turning positive for the sector. TIV registered a 15 per cent year-on-year drop to 40,981 units September. The research house said despite the September weakness, TIV is still showing growth of two per cent year-to-date and accounts for 71 per cent of its full year forecast of 596,000 units. “The new MyVi is an important catalyst to stimulate TIV for the remainder of the year. More importantly, the sector’s underlying core operating environment is turning positive due to currency strength, roll-back of rebates and improving loan approval rate,” MIDF Research said.
October 19, 2017 02:32 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The 10-day public inquiry into the disappearance of four people, including Pastor Raymond Koh (pic), started on Thursday morning. The inquiry is chaired by Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam)commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai who stressed that it was neither a criminal nor civil trial. The public inquiry is held under Section 12(1) of the Human Rights Commission Malaysia Act in connection with the disappearance of Pastor Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife, Ruth Sitepu. The terms of reference for the inquiry are to determine, among others, if the cases involved enforced disappearances or involuntary disappearances in breach of criminal, civil law or applicable human rights laws. Pastor Joshua and Ruth went missing on Nov 30, 2016.
October 19, 2017 02:18 UTC
PETALING JAYA: A 17-year-old girl has lodged a police report claiming that she was sexually abused by a priest who had "adopted" her since 2009. It is learnt that the girl was staying with the priest, now in his late 40s, since she was nine after her father died and her mother had returned to China. Last week, the girl ran away from the house and lodged the police report about the abuse. The case was highlighted by Community Policing Malaysia founder Kuan Chee Heng in a video of him discussing the incident on Facebook yesterday (Oct 18). "The girl has alleged that she had been molested since she was nine and she left the house only last week.
October 19, 2017 02:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit opened higher against the US dollar and most major currencies today on renewed demand for it, a dealer said. At 9.15 am, the local unit stood at 4.2180/2230 against the greenback from Tuesday’s close of 4.2220/2250. A dealer said the improved risk appetite for the ringgit was due to steady commercial demand. The local currency rose against the Singapore dollar to 3.1092/1134 from 3.1133/1160 on Tuesday and strengthened against the yen to 3.7354/7408 from 3.7636/7669 previously. The ringgit was traded higher against the British pound to 5.5728/5811 from Tuesday’s 5.5946/5994.
October 19, 2017 01:52 UTC
SINGAPORE: Former Channel 8 actress Apple Hong quietly married her long-time boyfriend on Oct 10, said local reports. In an interview with a website, she said: "I accidentally got married, I'm already a wife." The couple also held a banquet in Kuala Lumpur on Sept 30, on the same day as former actress Tracy Lee's wedding to businessman Ben Goi. Hong recalled that when Lee asked her to attend her wedding, "I said, 'Aiyah, sorry ah, I'm also getting married that day'". Asked about her baby plans, Hong said she would take a "let it be" attitude and not worry about having a child or not.
October 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Kenanga Research expects FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBMKLCI), on technical aspect, to move upward in the near term to potentially touch 1,783. FBMKLCI opened on a positive note today, 1.04 points higher to 1,750.03 from Tuesday’s close of 1,748.99. However, bucking the trend, the FBMKLCI hovered mostly sideways in the red throughout the session. It lost 5.38 points to end lower at 1,748.99. Broad market sentiment was slightly negative, with 395 gainers against 468 losers, while 415 counters traded unchanged.
October 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia opened on a positive note today, supported by mild buying interests for the local stocks, a dealer said. At 9.08am, the benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) was 1.04 points better at 1,750.03 from Tuesday’s close of 1,748.99. The market was closed on Wednesday for Deepavali holiday. On the broader market, gainers outpaced losers by 124 to 60, with 194 counters unchanged, 1,474 untraded and 19 others were suspended. Turnover stood at 96.76 million shares worth RM36.02 million.
October 19, 2017 01:30 UTC
Khairy said that the National Football Development Programme (NFDP) had trained 22,575 players, aged seven to 17, under 1,025 coaches at 126 academies nationwide. In this regard, Khairy also wanted all parties to have a positive mentality and not to impulsively criticise national football and FAM leadership without deeper thoughts. “I am sad to see the polemics of national football which attack individuals without checking any facts or run down and mock football personalities. “We have a competent FAM leadership led by Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim who has an impeccable record as JDT owner. I hope we will all give him time to build a successful national football squad.
October 19, 2017 01:18 UTC
JOHOR BARU: An increasing number of foreign workers are being caught committing khalwat (close proximity) in budget hotels here, Johor State Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ) assistant director Mohd Hafiz Abdul Rahman said on Wednesday. He said the foreigners, who work in the state’s industrial areas, treat budget hotels as “vice dens.”"In contrast with the Islamic prohibition on gambling, drinking alcohol and fornication, the khalwat offence is the highest among (Muslim) foreigners (here)," he said. Hafiz revealed that in a two-hour operation to combat vice activities at Permas Jaya and Seri Alam budget hotels on Tuesday, 12 men and 10 women, aged between 18 and 40, were nabbed for khalwat. He said eight of the foreigners were from Indonesia, Bangladesh and Pakistan.
October 19, 2017 01:07 UTC