YOU must be from another planet if you have never heard of K-pop group BTS. For me, this South Korean group had to appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for them to get my attention. BTS won the 2019 TIME 100 reader poll, marking the second year in a row the seven-piece band has claimed prominence. I am finding it extremely difficult to see people comparing this South Korean group with oh, the greatest band of all time. After listening and watching their hit video, Kill This Love, I knew any lingering fibre of affection I had for the genre was positively murdered.
April 20, 2019 23:48 UTC
EXCLUSIVE: Logging has been spotted near one of the four major dams in Kedah, triggering concerns that such activities so close to the lake could dry up its tributaries and affect the water catchment area. Ironically, it is just 28km away from the Ulu Muda Forest Reserve where logging is banned since September last year to protect the vast jungle there. It is just about 2km away from the Ahning Lake, which is a catchment area. The logging activity appears to have been carried out discreetly deep in the forest area around 4km from the Durian Burung Road, which has no villages or commercial entities. Logging activities in a 1,700ha area were also found in Rimba Teloi Forest Reserve in Sik, Gunung Bongsu in Kulim and Gunung Inas in Baling in December last year.
April 20, 2019 23:13 UTC
EIBAR, Spain (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid's record signing Thomas Lemar came off the bench to score late on and snatch a 1-0 win at Eibar on Saturday, provisionally taking Atletico six points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona. The France winger raced towards the far post to meet a pass from midfielder Koke and slam the ball into the net from close range in the 85th minute. Atletico had the better chances in an open and end-to-end game and Argentine forward Angel Correa missed their clearest opportunity to score, firing straight into the body of Eibar keeper Marko Dmitrovic within the opening 10 minutes. Lemar's late winner means Diego Simeone's side have 68 points after 33 games, six fewer than Barca who can restore their advantage at the top of the table back to nine points when they host Real Sociedad later on Saturday. (Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Ed Osmond)
April 20, 2019 16:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): All it took was self-confidence for Imelda Sandrasagaran to deliver an eloquent speech entitled "Nature is a Common Language" that helped her win the ESU-Public Speaking Competition 2019. Next, this 17-year-old will represent Malaysia at the ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) to be held from May 13 to 17 in London. "I am confident that with the help of ESU Malaysia, I will be able to give my best when I'm on the stage there," she said. ESU Malaysia Chairman and the chief judge of the ESU Public Speaking Competition 2019 Malaysia, Tunku Dara Tunku Tan Sri Naquiah Almarhum Tuanku Jaafar handed over the prizes to the winners. The competition is open to all Malaysians aged from 16 to 20 and is organised by the English Speaking Union (ESU) of Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysia Institute of Debating and Public Speaking (MIDP) and Taylors College, Malaysia.
April 20, 2019 15:11 UTC
SHAH ALAM: Selangor notched its fourth win of the season after beating club side PKNP 2-1 in the Super League at the Shah Alam Stadium Saturday (April 20). Selangor was given a penalty after Abdul Halim Saari was brought down by Ibni Khozaimi. The second half was all Selangor as they had most of the dangerous chances in that period. However, Selangor got their second in the 78th minute when Syahmi Safari finished off a through pass from substitute Norhakim Isa. The scoreline stayed 2-1 as Selangor are now third in the league with 16 points and they also snapped PKNP three-match winning run in the league.
April 20, 2019 15:00 UTC
KEPALA BATAS (Bernama): The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry today handed Padi Planting Management Model Plot incentives of RM303,875 to padi farmers in Penang. ‘'The padi disease, Bacterial Panicle Blight (BPB), has threatened the padi planting industry and has spread nationwide. ‘'Factories producing authorised padi seeds are also stringently supervised and the government gives a high subsidy to authorised padi seeds. He said the government targeted the production of 72,000 metric tonnes of authorised padi seeds a year to accommodate a padi planting area of 284,000ha nationwide. In the meantime, Sim advised padi farmers to be more alert and responsible in conducting their own farming activities.
April 20, 2019 14:48 UTC
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he would not have been able to recover, as a player, from Wednesday's Champions League exit to Tottenham and then beat the same opponents on Saturday in the Premier League. City went out of Europe on away goals despite beating Spurs 4-3 but a single goal from 18-year-old Phil Foden was enough to send Guardiola's side back to the top of the Premier League ahead of Liverpool's trip to Cardiff on Sunday. "The last two days have been really tough for us," said Guardiola a former Barcelona and Spain midfielder. "We could have lost the Premier League today –- after Wednesday it was really tough. Saturday's game was a tense and nervy encounter with few clear-cut chances as City held on to secure their tenth win in a row in the Premier League and move one point above Liverpool.
April 20, 2019 14:48 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Phil Foden's first Premier League goal ensured Manchester City edged past Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 on Saturday to return to the top of the Premier League and avenge their Champions League elimination by Mauricio Pochettino's side. City struck early when Foden headed home on five minutes after a clever ball back across goal from Sergio Aguero. "It's my first Premier League goal so it will live with me forever," said Foden, who admitted he was surprised to be given the chance to start such a vital game. COSTLY DEFEATDefeat may prove costly for third-placed Spurs who are struggling to hang on to their top-four place. Perez sealed the points late on to become the first Newcastle player to score a Premier League hat-trick since 2015.
April 20, 2019 13:38 UTC
MILAN (Reuters) - AC Milan were held to a 1-1 draw at Parma in Serie A on Saturday after veteran defender Bruno Alves scored with a majestic free kick for the midtable hosts with three minutes left. Substitute Samu Castillejo had given Milan the lead when he headed in from Suso's cross in the 69th minute, three minutes after coming on. Milan are fourth, in the lowest of the Champions League slots, with 56 points, two ahead of AS Roma who were playing at Inter Milan later on Saturday, and their performance frustrated coach Gennaro Gattuso. "We did well to unlock the match but then we were naive in giving away the free kick from which they equalised." He refused to blame the hot conditions for their display, saying: "It was the same for Parma; at times they were angrier than us."
April 20, 2019 12:53 UTC
PETALING JAYA: MCA Youth has hit out at the Pakatan Harapan government for imposing a new tax on imported used cars. Its chief Nicole Wong questioned if the move was made to protect the proposed third national car. She said imposing a tax of between 20% and 39% on imported used cars effective March 1, as reported, would only discourage Malaysians from buying foreign-made cars. "Without a doubt, this move will further drive foreign investments away from Malaysia," she said, chiding the government for denying the people the right to own foreign-made cars. She also took a swipe at the Pakatan Harapan government for backtracking on its promise not to abuse public funds.
April 20, 2019 11:48 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: A 53-year-old factory worker was killed in an accident at the Penang Bridge today (April 20) after ramming his motorcycle into the left barrier of the bridge. Shamsuddin Chat ran into the barrier of the bridge at KM5.9 while heading towards George Town from Kepala Batas. George Town OCPD Asst Comm Che Zaimani Che Awang said the victim was believed to have run into the barrier during the accident at 11.05am. "The victim is believed to have fallen off after the collision and died at the scene," he said. According to him, the body had been sent for a post-mortem at the Penang Hospital and that the case is being investigated under Section 41(1) of the Road Transport Act (APJ) 1987 for dangerous driving.
April 20, 2019 11:26 UTC
MUMBAI (Reuters) - The chief justice of India's Supreme Court, Ranjan Gogoi, on Saturday denied allegations that he made unwanted sexual advances towards a junior court assistant who worked in an office at his home and that she was subsequently victimised. "This is unbelievable," Gogoi, India's most powerful judge, told a special hearing of the court he called on Saturday so that the allegations could be addressed. The 35-year-old woman, whose identity has not been publicly disclosed, wrote a letter to all 22 of the Supreme Court judges along with an affidavit detailing her allegations on Friday. She also says another brother of her husband's had his Supreme Court job terminated and she also faced a "false and frivolous" bribery complaint, leading to her arrest and subsequent bail. Justice Arun Mishra, who joined Gogoi on the bench for the special hearing, said the allegations were "wild and baseless".
April 20, 2019 11:03 UTC
PUTRAJAYA: The Road Transport Department (JPJ) has set up an internal task force to study procedures within the department to eliminate corruption following the arrest of 24 of its officers in Penang.JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid said the task force, led by the department’s integrity division, would do a “gap analysis” to streamline the department’s work practices and procedures.The aim, he said, was to eliminate weaknesses in the system that could lead to “negative behaviour”.“Some of the processes and procedures may be old or outdated and could have allowed for corruption. We are trying to rectify this.“The task force will conduct a thorough assessment and make its recommendations in two weeks' time,” he said at a press conference at the department’s headquarters in Putrajaya on Saturday (April 20).The JPJ recently suspended 24 Penang JPJ officers, after they were nabbed on Wednesday (April 17) by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to assist investigations into a protection racket.The suspects allegedly turned a blind eye on lorry drivers, who committed road offences in Penang.Sources said as an inducement, the officers received payment of between RM10,000 and RM32,000.On Saturday, MACC arrested a further 22 Penang JPJ officers for the same offence.Shaharuddin assured that the JPJ was giving its full cooperation to the MACC.“In the meantime, we have enlisted officers from neighbouring states to help fill the gap caused by the numerous arrests, and we are still carrying out our enforcement duties,” he said.He added that the department had started a crackdown on errant lorries from Bukit Tagar to Nilai starting from 8am on Saturday (April 20).“Lorries carrying more than their weight limit is the most common offence with 20 cases at 35% over the limit.“Another 18 more were stopped for various offences such as driving without a proper licence and parking in the emergency lane,” he said.Shaharuddin said the crackdown would continue indefinitely as these offences were serious and posed a danger to other road users.“In the first three months of this year alone, there were 13,744 cases of lorries transporting over the weight limit, with around RM1.79mil worth of compounds collected,” he said.
April 20, 2019 10:07 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Former Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) women's chief Anina Saadudin has drawn public ire after she questioned the use of billboards to convey well-wishes to Christians observing the Christian Holy Week in Sabah. In a cryptic Facebook posting on Thursday (April 18), Anina wrote: "Before this, it was just banners and buntings. "There is no need to sensationalise small issues like this to disrupt our unity in Sabah. The racial unity in Sabah and Sarawak should be emulated by peninsular Malaysia." "We believe that the key to racial unity is tied up with our mutual understanding and respect of one another," he said in a statement on Saturday (April 20).
April 20, 2019 09:26 UTC
KUANTAN: Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah is supportive of healthy debates on the issue of Lynas' residues. Saifuddin said his interest was for the two parties involved in the scientific argument on Lynas' residues to have a healthy debate. Lynas Malaysia radiation safety, regulations and compliance general manager Dr Ismail Bahari said the company was always open to healthy discussions on its operations. However, Saifuddin said as an MP whose constituency is where Lynas was located, he had asked Yeo whether she would visit the plant. Saifuddin added that his priority was the welfare of Lynas workers.
April 20, 2019 08:37 UTC