"To stop that happening again, we are expanding crews and looking at buying one or two further long-range aircraft." A switch to the air force's other long-range jet was impossible because the crew had already reached their maximum number of flying hours and no replacement shift was available. Unlike many other major countries, Germany relies on a fleet of ageing used jets to ferry its leaders around the world, reflecting a traditionally cautious approach to military procurement. Across the armed forces, levels of deployability among military vehicles is low, with aircraft and tanks often out of service for repairs. According to BamS, officers aim to buy at least one further long-range aircraft, probably a used A330 or, in a break with the tradition, a modern A350 fresh off the production line.
December 15, 2018 14:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP): Facebook’s privacy controls have broken down yet again, this time through a software flaw affecting nearly seven million users who had photos exposed to a much wider audience than intended. The bug disclosed Friday (Dec 14) gave hundreds of apps unauthorised access to photos that could, in theory, include images that would embarrass some of the affected users. The bug potentially gave developers access to even more photos, such as those shared on separate Marketplace and Facebook Stories features, as well as photos that weren’t actually posted. Facebook said the users’ photos may have been exposed for 12 days in September. In June, a bug affecting privacy settings led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings.
December 15, 2018 13:52 UTC
BUTTERWORTH (Bernama) A man was badly injured after being attacked by three assailants wielding swords, while he was having breakfast near here today. The suspects work ski masks, said Seberang Perai Tengah (SPT) deputy police chief Mustafa Bidin. "Despite being slashed all over, the 39-year-old victim managed to run to his car located about 45 metres away but the suspects still went after him,” he told Bernama. He said the victim, who is self-employed, was rushed to the Seberang Jaya Hospital by members of the public. He added that the victim was in stable condition despite suffering serious injuries and that police had launched a manhunt for the suspects.
December 15, 2018 13:32 UTC
SEMPORNA (Bernama): One of two Indonesian fishermen who was abducted at Bodgaya Island here in September has managed to escape from the kidnapping-for-ransom syndicate and reunite with his family.Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Omar Mammah confirmed the matter and said, from the pictures obtained, the victim had met his family but the location of the meeting was unknown.“They (victim and his family) could have reunited either in Manila or Jakarta, but surely the victim has escaped to safety,” he said when met at the district level's Maulidur Rasul celebration here Saturday (Dec 15).The event was officiated by Deputy Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Jaujan Sambakong, who is also Sabah Local Government and Housing Minister.Based on a report published by the Manila Bulletin, Usman Yusuf, 35, broke free from his abductors at Barangay Bual, Luuk, in Sulu waters on Dec 6, before being rescued by the security forces.In the Sept 11 incident, Usman and his colleague Samsul Saguni, 40, were kidnapped by gunmen while fishing at Bodgaya Island at 12.30pm.Meanwhile, Omar said the police had identified the suspects involved in the recent abduction of three fishermen at Pegasus Reef, in waters between Lahad Datu and the Philippines.However, he could not disclose more details as investigations are ongoing.Recently, Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal urged for offensive action to be taken by the federal government to tackle cross-border kidnapping threats in Sabah.
December 15, 2018 13:07 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Resources Ministry has appointed Klang MP Charles Santiago (pic) as the coordinator of an independent auditor to carry out a comprehensive social compliance audit on rubber glove makers in the country. Minister M. Kula Segaran said Charles, an experienced activist involved in social audit nationwide before being elected as a people's representative, was tasked to prepare reports to the ministry pertaining to the country's rubber glove makers' compliance to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Standards on Migrant Workers. He said among the aspects to be focused on in the report would be the forced labour as well as issue of foreign workers being forced to work excessive overtime as well as several other criteria pertaining to migrant workers as set by the ILO. According to the report, among problems faced by foreign workers, apart from excessive overtime, was exposure to “unsafe” factory conditions, confiscated passports, high recruitment fees that kept them in debt bondage and salaries withheld for months. However, the claims were refuted by Kula Segaran on Tuesday (Dec 11) after inspections carried out by his officers at almost all factories owned by the company here and in Ipoh, Perak, found foreign workers in the company were working overtime voluntarily as they want to earn more to send back to their respective countries.
December 15, 2018 13:07 UTC
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Resources Ministry has proposed that employers deduct 20% of their foreign workers' basic salaries for Socso and to prevent them from fleeing their jobs.Its Minister M. Kula Segaran said the proposal was to avoid employers incurring losses on investments to bring the workers in.The 20% deducted should be remitted to the Social Security Organisation (Socso), he added.He said the issue of foreign workers fleeing was among major problems faced by employers.“The proposal was submitted to the National Labour Advisory Council (NLAC) last week and it is open for discussion among stakeholders before it is finalised.“If implemented, it is a win-win situation for employers and workers as both parties will benefit from the deduction,” he told a press conference after a dialogue session with 60 employers in the rubber glove industry here Saturday (Dec 15).Kula Segaran said the 20% deduction of foreign workers' wages would be kept in Socso, to be handed over to them when they leave the country, after their work permits expire.“The issue has also been raised in the meeting and the majority of employers welcomed the proposal,” he said, adding that the government did not set any timeframe for the implementation and would leave it to the industry players whether to accept or reject the proposal.He said the proposal was not new to the industry as it had been implemented in Japan and South Korea and it was successful in addressing the issue of foreign workers fleeing.
December 15, 2018 12:00 UTC
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Boca Juniors have parted company with manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto less than a week after their defeat in the Copa Libertadores final by arch-rivals River Plate. It was the first Copa Libertadores final between the Buenos Aires rivals. Schelotto, whose contract was due to end on Dec. 31, spent the majority of his 16-year playing career at Boca, winning three Copa Libertadores titles and scoring 86 goals. "Despite not winning the Copa Libertadores, I leave at peace knowing that I left it all on the field," the 45-year-old former striker said. Under Schelotto, Boca won the Argentine league title for the past two seasons and currently sit sixth in the standings.
December 15, 2018 11:48 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Former Umno leaders should relinquish their elected positions before joining any Pakatan Harapan component parties, says DAP chairman Tan Kok Wai (pic).“DAP has always been firm on our stand and opposes the ‘frog-leaping’ culture as it is a betrayal to people and public trust, especially one elected as a people’s representative under a certain party's banner.“We always maintain that if the party that you opted to cross to differs vastly from your political principles and beliefs, you must relinquish the position held previously,” said Tan, referring to the parliamentary and state assembly seats held by the defecting Umno leaders.“There are Pakatan coalition members who felt that leaders from other political parties are allowed to cross over (to Pakatan) if they have a clean political background.“This means they must not be corrupted and have no criminal records,” he said after the launch of Foton 3S centre at, Jalan Pemberita U1/49 Temasya Industrial Park, Glenmarie, Shah Alam on Saturday (Dec 15).Tan was commenting on the exodus of the Umno MPs and assemblymen from the party.Six Umno MPs announced their resignation on Friday (Dec 15), while five MPs, two senators and nine assemblymen from Sabah Umno left the party on Wednesday (Dec 12).Tan added that DAP has always been advocating an anti-party-hopping law.“But for it to be enacted, there must be a consensus of all component parties of Pakatan,” he said
December 15, 2018 11:48 UTC
BANGKOK: The Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, on a second visit to the country in less than three months. Dr Mahathir is on a two-day working visit to receive an honorary doctorate leadership in social, business and politics from Rangsit University (RSU) tomorrow (Dec 16) during its convocation ceremony. Accompanying him is his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, and a delegation which includes the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Saifuddin Abdullah. Dr Mahathir and his wife were welcomed by Thai and Malaysian children with flowers and garlands. He was also met by Malaysian businessmen, who had met him on his earlier visit.
December 15, 2018 11:03 UTC
IPOH: Under a new labour law, children aged 16 and below will not be allowed to work, says Human Resources Minister M Kulasegaran (pic). The law has been approved by the Dewan Rakyat and will soon be approved by Dewan Negara (by Dec 19 at the latest). “Under this law, action will be taken against an employer who hires employees aged 16 and below. “This act also prohibits children from working near hazardous and poisonous materials,” he said. Kulasegaran was in Ipoh to visit the families of six victims who died in a fire at a shop near Ipoh on Dec 11.
December 15, 2018 09:45 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Party Warisan Sabah is against the cabotage policy and its proposed reinstatement. He was responding to a local daily report that "the cabotage policy reinstatement is top of the maritime council agenda". Under the cabotage policy, all domestic transshipment of goods is required to be made using Malaysian vessels. "Not only we Sabahans are paying higher prices due to the cabotage policy, but when the exemption was implemented, their position here strengthened," he claimed. He believes that these shipping companies protected under the cabotage policy can earn between RM4mil per year (smaller companies) and up to over RM40mil per year (larger companies).
December 15, 2018 09:00 UTC
SEPANG: The “caLLme” e-hailing app for taxis, which was officially launched at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, is aimed at giving taxi drivers a boost in competitiveness against larger, deeper-pocketed e-hailing platforms. Created as a collaboration between the National Cooperative Movement (Angkasa) and Malaysian Taxi Drivers, Limousine and Car Rental Operators Association (Petekma), the platform already has over 1,600 drivers using the app at KLIA. “Small and medium taxi operators and cooperatives need to join forces and apply modern technology to improve their services,” Abdul Fattah said. “It’s not that you cannot demo, it is your right to voice your unhappiness with government policies,” Loke said, alluding to previous demonstrations by taxi drivers who wanted e-hailing apps in Malaysia abolished. Loke acknowledged that e-hailing platforms had been a major challenge to traditional taxi business, where there were now 70,000 registered taxi drivers, with 60% of them under the control of companies.
December 15, 2018 08:37 UTC
Outside the walls of Miss Universe -- whose finals will be held early Monday in Thailand's capital Bangkok -- the transgender community continues to be marginalised and misunderstood, with high rates of suicide. Ponce is defiant about how to respond to Trump, a former owner of the Miss Universe pageant, and others who would try to box her in by physical traits. I am a woman, already before birth, because my identity is here," she told AFP, gesturing to her head. Ponce, who works with a foundation in Spain helping children struggling with stigma linked to being trans, is aware of the visibility she brings to the Miss Universe platform. It boasts an all-women panel of judges, made up of business leaders and former Miss Universe titleholders.
December 15, 2018 08:19 UTC
IPOH: The increase in egg prices is because of bird flu affecting poultry, said Datuk Salahuddin Ayub. The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister said the flu was causing a shortage in egg supply, but assured that this was only temporary. "My ministry is in discussions with the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNKK) on steps to contain the pricing,” he told reporters on the sidelines of Parti Amanah Negara’s national convention here. With demand exceeding supply, prices have risen. Salahuddin said the issue will be settled soon, and it was best for the committee (which had been set up to investigate the egg price hike) to first look into the issue of supply.
December 15, 2018 07:52 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Funnyman Kevin Hart has arrived in Malaysia, bringing his wicked sense of humour with him. On his Instagram account, he posted two pictures after arriving in Kuala Lumpur early this morning. I can't believe that I am Malaysia doing what I love. (sic)He is here for The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour, which will be held tonight at the Axiata Arena. Many welcome the comedian to Malaysia in the comment sections of his Instagram posts, with some pointed out that they will be watching his show tonight.
December 15, 2018 07:18 UTC