PUTRAJAYA: The people have a greater role than the security forces in maintaining peace and security in the country, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Najib said maintaining security should not be left only to the security forces personnel who kept threats at bay in the border areas. “Today, we find that peace and security are well maintained. Asked about the response to the open house, Najib said it was extraordinary and summed it up as many people from all walks of life. “Let’s together pray for the peace and security of the nation,” she said.-- BERNAMA
June 25, 2017 13:07 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry has started investigations into a video clip showing a number of students wearing school uniform, bullying and teasing another drunk student, said Datuk P. Kamalanathan. According to the Deputy Education Minister, the incident happened outside of a school. The two-minute video clip uploaded on Facebook account holder Malaysian Tamilar Kural on Thursday, shows about eight students involved in pushing and shoving the drunk student as well as using abusive and obscene language. Kamalanathan said the ministry viewed such bullying cases seriously, and would take all the necessary steps to resolve disciplinary problems among students and wipe out bullying. "The Education Ministry welcomes views, opinions and constructive criticism from the people to resolve bullying cases," he said when met at the Hari Raya Open house hosted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Cabinet Ministers at Seri Perdana here on Sunday.
(Reuters) - Yamaha's Italian great Valentino Rossi made history and returned to the top of the MotoGP podium for the first time in more than a year on Sunday after winning the Dutch TT at Assen by a fraction of a second. The evergreen 38-year-old beat compatriot Danilo Petrucci, on a non-works Octo Pramac Ducati, to second place by a mere 0.063 with rain midway through the race making conditions tricky. He now has 115 grand prix wins across all classes, second only to compatriot Giacomo Agostini's 122 victories between 1964 and 1977. Rossi is third overall, seven points off the lead. The victory was Rossi's 10th at Assen but first since the Catalan Grand Prix in Barcelona on June 5 last year.
FIFA would not confirm a report in Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper that the 23 members of Russia's squad at the 2014 World Cup were among those being investigated. It said that the entire squad underwent pre-competition and post-match doping tests, which were all negative and which were under FIFA's direct control. Russia's deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko, who is also head of the Russian Football Union, dismissed the allegations and said there never was nor will be doping in Russian soccer. Russia will host next year's World Cup and is currently staging the Confederations Cup, considered a dress rehearsal for the 2018 tournament. "FIFA has simply confirmed that, in close collaboration with WADA, it is still investigating the allegations involving football players in the so-called McLaren report," said FIFA in an emailed statement to Reuters.
Eid prayers were allowed under Islamic State but festivities were not. About 350 Islamic State fighters, most of them non-Iraqis, are defending their remaining stronghold in Mosul's densely populated Old City, an Iraqi general said on Sunday. More than 50,000 civilians, about half the Old City's population, remain behind Islamic State lines, complicating the troops' advance, Arithi told state TV. Aid organizations say Islamic State has stopped many from leaving, using them as human shields. Islamic State remains in control of large areas of both Iraq and Syria.
June 25, 2017 12:45 UTC
HALLE, Germany (Reuters) - World number five Roger Federer delivered a tennis masterclass to beat rising star Alexander Zverev 6-1 6-3 and clinch a record ninth Halle Open title on Sunday as he lay down a marker in the lead-up to Wimbledon. "It has been a difficult year with a lot of practice, training and rehab so I am very happy to be back on the court," Federer said. Zverev, who beat the Swiss in last year's semi-final and has already won three titles this year, had a chance to break at the start of the second set. A superb dropshot put Federer 5-2 ahead and sealed Zverev's fate before he won the match on his first match point with a crosscourt volley. In doing so, he became the first player to beat both Zverev brothers at the same event, having defeated older sibling Mischa in the round of 16.
June 25, 2017 12:38 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian bowler Adrian Ang ended his four-year international title drought by winning the Macau leg of the ABF Tour by a single pin in Cotai on Sunday. The 29-year-old defeated South Korea's Baek Jong Yun 268-267 under the new bowling format in the men's final. Ang almost blew it in the 10th frame when he drew a split. Yong Jun needed to strike in his 10th frame but only scored nine pins to finish in second place. I threw a bad shot in the 10th frame but luck was on my side today," said Ang in Macau on Sunday.
June 25, 2017 12:33 UTC
LONDON: Harry Potter turns 20 on Monday when muggle readers in gowns and glasses from Indonesia to Uruguay will celebrate the birth of a global publishing phenomenon in 1997. "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" (later renamed "Sorcerer's Stone" for the US market) introduced the boy wizard and a magical cast of supporting characters. "I think people will be reading Potter in 20, 30, 40, 60 years time, even if it's only for the story." "Harry Potter re-validated children's literature in the eyes of adults, and encouraged an entire generation (of French children) to learn English so that they could read the books as soon as they came out in English," she said. Still, Cunningham was not sure "the Philosopher's Stone" would make any money, and urged Rowling to stick to a day job while writing on the side.
June 25, 2017 12:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's most wanted terrorist, Dr Mahmud Ahmad, is still alive and may have escaped from Marawi, Phillipines. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the university lecturer-turned-militant might have fled with Abu Sayaf leader, Isnilon Hapilon. "Philippines authorities informed us that Isnilon Hapilon believed to have escaped Marawi, so most probably Dr Mahmud is with him. Khalid has on Friday denied that Mahmud has been killed in southern Philippines. It was previously reported that Mahmud who is highly regarded by fighters battling government security forces in the southern Philippines, had assumed a leadership role among Maute militants.
June 25, 2017 12:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia X flight D7237 en route to Kuala Lumpur from Perth, Australia was forced to turn back one-and-a-half hours into the trip due to a technical issue. "Passengers were attended to by our ground staff upon landing and all necessary assistance is being provided," said AirAsia X. Meanwhile, a passenger said the plane was shaking like a "washing machine" when it experienced a problem with its engine. Another 24- year-old passenger, Brenton Atkinson, 24, also on board the same flight said the flight was shaking like a washing machine. “A flight turn back is the best option to ensure the passengers safety and no accident happen.
June 25, 2017 11:26 UTC
Various objects are placed on the paper before the exposure to create dazzling patterns in blue (cyan). I’ve taught people from Nepal, Indonesia, and Malaysia without facing any communication barrier.”Diminishing Memories II - A picture of the artist’s father in the 90s made using cyanotype on woven fabric. Making cyanotype prints also requires the paper to be sandwiched between a wooden base and a acrylic/glass on top. Items are placed on the cyanotype paper which is set on top of a wooden base. The whole contraption is placed in direct sunlight or under an UV light box for 10 to 15 mins.
June 25, 2017 10:33 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Motorists heading towards Singapore were caught in massive congestion at the Johor-Singapore Causeway as the Singapore authorities conducted thorough checks at the Woodlands custom, immigration and quarantine (CIQ) checkpoint. State Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department deputy chief Deputy Superintendent Ibrahim Mat Som said the action by the Singaporean authorities resulted in a traffic congestion since about noon and which had spread until Jalan Tebrau. "The police are monitoring the situation and motorists are advised to be patient and to follow all the instruction from the police," said Ibrahim. However, the traffic from Singapore to Johor Baru were not affected.
June 25, 2017 10:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia strongly condemns the terrorist attacks in Quetta, Karachi and Parachinar on Friday, which killed at least 80 people and injured more than 100 others. "It is our hope that the perpetrators of the despicable crime will be expeditiously identified and brought to justice. Twin bombs ripped through a packed market in the northwestern city of Parachinar, killing at least 67. Earlier on Friday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint in Quetta, in Balochistan province, killing at least 14 people, including 10 police officers. Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistan Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.
June 25, 2017 10:21 UTC
LONDON: At least six people were injured on Sunday after a car mounted a pavement outside a sports centre in the northern English city of Newcastle, but the incident is not believed to be terrorism-related, police said on Sunday. Local media said hundreds of people were celebrating Eid, which marks the end of Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, at the sports centre and that two children were among the casualties. “On Sunday June 25, at approximately 9:14 a.m. Northumbria Police received reports that a vehicle had collided with pedestrians outside of Westgate Sports Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne,” the police said in a statement. “Police enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what happened but, at this time, it is not believed to be a terror incident.” Police said a 42-year-old woman had been detained and was in custody.
June 25, 2017 10:18 UTC
(Reuters) - Swansea City manager Paul Clement hopes that having a full pre-season with his side will help them start the 2017-18 Premier League campaign strongly and avoid another relegation scrap. The 45-year-old believes that his side will benefit from the opportunity to have a full pre-season as he can develop the team without the pressure of a relegation battle. "The key to making sure we do not have the same sort is season is starting strongly," Clement was quoted as saying by British media. Clement also said that his team could reach Europe if they performed as well as they did in the latter half of last season. Twenty six points in half a season is impressive, do that over a season and you bang on the door of Europe."
June 25, 2017 09:45 UTC