PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): A babysitter who shoved a green chilli into the mouth of a toddler until he choked to death returns to jail Wednesday (Nov 13) after the Court of Appeal enhanced to 10 years the 18-month sentence imposed on her. Justice Yaacob Md Sam who chaired a three-member panel held that the jail sentence imposed by the High Court on Asmarani Ghazali was manifestly inadequate. In allowing the prosecution's appeal to increase the jail term, the judge (Justice Yaacob) said the High Court judge erred when he considered the interest of the respondent (Asmarani) more than the public interest. Asmarani's counsel Datuk Hanif Hassan earlier submitted that the 18-month jail term imposed by the High Court was appropriate, adding that the High Court judge had considered all aspects, including the impact statement of the child's mother. Hanif later told reporters that he received instruction from his client to file an appeal to the Federal Court against today's decision.
November 13, 2019 10:45 UTC
HONG KONG: Finance firms in Hong Kong urged staff on Wednesday to seek safety or work from home as anti-government protests paralysed the city’s business district for a third day in one of the biggest disruptions faced by the Asian finance hub. Passers-by take photos of a vandalised Bank Of Communication branch during a flash mob in Central district, in Hong Kong. A riot police officer clashes with an anti-government protester during a demonstration at the Central District in Hong Kong. Police detain a man during a flash mob to block roads in the Central district in Hong Kong. A pro-democracy protester gestures next to a fire during protests at Chinese University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong.
November 13, 2019 10:42 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Fugitive Malaysian businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low (pic), has been sighted in Ahmedabad, India, Asia Times reported. The report stated that Low was not arrested despite an Interpol Red Notice against him. Interpol had issued a Red Notice on Low, as he is wanted by Singapore and Malaysia authorities over his involvement in the scandal-hit 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Low, who reportedly holds a citizenship from St. Kitts and Nevis, had his citizenship revoked after the 1MDB scandal became widely known around the world. Recently, Cyprus too had revoked Low's citizenship, which was acquired through the citizenship-for-investment scheme back in 2015.
November 13, 2019 10:39 UTC
Made up of skin cells from donors and collagen, the in-vitro skin has the same chemical and biological properties as human skin, says John Koh, lab manager at start-up DeNova Sciences, which is collaborating with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University on the product. A researcher shows lab-made human skin at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. “So we really want to offer a solution to testing on the skin without using animal or human skin.”The team has accelerated the manufacturing process by using a printing machine to put in precisely patterned layers that mimic human skin. A researcher holds a container of lab-made human skin before the samples are extracted at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. - ReutersThe mixture is then incubated for about two weeks, as the skin cells multiply and gain opacity, turning into a whitish membrane.
November 13, 2019 10:25 UTC
BEIJING: Two people in Beijing have been diagnosed with the pneumonic plague – a rare instance of the highly-contagious disease that is fatal if left untreated. Pneumonic plague can prove fatal in 24 to 72 hours and is the “most virulent form of plague,” according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), while the bubonic form is less dangerous. “The (Chinese) National Health Commission are implementing efforts to contain and treat the identified cases, and increasing surveillance,” said Fabio Scano, coordinator at WHO China. In 2014, a man died of the plague in northwestern Gansu province in China and sparked the quarantine of 151 people. According to China’s National Health Commission, a total of five people have died from the plague between 2014 and September of this year.
November 13, 2019 10:15 UTC
MELAKA: State Veterinary Services personnel shot a runaway 700kg buffalo dead after the animal left a trail of destruction at hotels and public amenities at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock here. Melaka Tengah deputy OCPD Superintendent Raiz Mukhliz Azman Aziz said a 27-year-old saw the buffalo in a hotel here at 7.20am. The Veterinary Services Department cordoned off the area where the male buffalo was with the help of other agencies before shooting it, ” he said. Supt Raiz Mukhliz said the buffalo was then brought to a slaughterhouse in Jasin. Casa De Rio hotel manager Michael Quay said several of his hotel’s assets were damaged when the buffalo trespassed into his hotel at about 6am.
November 13, 2019 09:49 UTC
Competing at the Olympic Games is the dream of most athletes but Indian wrestler Ritu Phogat has always wanted to script a different destiny. Ritu Phogat says she wants to be the first to win a MMA medal for Inida. - Pic source: Facebook/RituPhogatOfficialThe Phogat sisters achieved cult status in 2016 when the film ‘Dangal’, which is based on the family’s story, became the highest-grossing Indian movie ever made. MMA is the third-most popular sport in the world, behind soccer and basketball, according to Nielsen. “My debut will be shown live on TV and I hope it inspires the next generation ... Our country is changing.
November 13, 2019 09:37 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Popular actor Azhan Rani has advised the parents of OKU (persons of disabilities) children to monitor their smart phones and social media account usage. “So I uploaded a screen capture of the message on my IG account to share my experience and was surprised by the feedback I received. “My intention for sharing my experience on IG was to create awareness among social media users to be more mindful and respectful towards one another,” he said. In this case, I stress for parents and the families that have OKU children to closely monitor or control their actions.”“This is due to the fact that not everyone on social media is aware of the OKU status of other owners of social media accounts. So parents and families have to be aware.” he said.
November 13, 2019 09:37 UTC
FAKE NEWS has become a major problem worldwide, with some blaming tech media giant Facebook for its proliferation – citing Hong Kong’s violent anti-government protests, which have entered their fifth month. The Japan Times reported that Hong Kongers are being inundated with online rumours, fake news and propaganda from all sides of the political divide. Social media users allege that the 22-year-old was chased and maybe pushed by policemen who were clearing protesters with tear gas nearby. "An examination of the top 100 viral fake news stories about US politics that remained on Facebook after being independently debunked found that they were posted a total of more than 2.3 million times by Facebook users," said Avaaz. The 100 fake news reports were viewed more than 158 million times, which is significantly more than the 140 million Americans who voted in the 2016 US presidential election, it added.
November 13, 2019 08:08 UTC
HONG KONG: Mainland Chinese students have begun fleeing Hong Kong campuses over security fears, police and university officials said Wednesday, as the city’s seething political crisis saw some of its worst violence this week. 6 A Christmas tree burns after protesters set fire to it at Festival Walk shopping mall in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, China. Riot police officers detain a protester during an anti-government demonstration in the Central district of Hong Kong. - ReutersIt was not immediately clear how many mainland Chinese students have left Hong Kong during the latest escalation of violence. The city government has announced that classes at all Hong Kong schools will be suspended on Thursday.--AFP
November 13, 2019 07:54 UTC
TOKYO: Star striker David Villa, Spain’s top goalscorer, Wednesday announced he will retire next month, ending a glittering career in which he won the World Cup, European Championships and Champions League. “I have decided to end my professional career and that I have decided to retire,” Villa told reporters in Kobe, his voice occasionally breaking with emotion. I wanted to retire from football, not be forced to retire from football,” he said. Villa scored the third goal for Barcelona at Wembley in the 3-1 win over Manchester United in the 2010-11 Champions League Final. Vissel Kobe are currently languishing 10th in the J-League after 31 games – the same position they finished last year.
November 13, 2019 07:40 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Mercato, an European inspired premium groceries and fresh ingredients retailer, has expanded its wings to Penang with the official launch of the Mercato Gurney here today. Mercato Gurney is the third Mercato store in Malaysia after Mercato Pavilion and Mercato Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur. Director of store operations, Malaysia and Singapore, Mark Scates said the supermarket retailer is planning to open up more stores across Malaysia, with one confirmed site also in the Klang Valley. This is a process which takes time," he said when met at the opening of Mercato Gurney here today. On Mercato Gurney, Scates said a significant amount of investment had been poured into the store to ensure its success.
November 13, 2019 07:31 UTC
MEDAN: A suspected suicide bombing outside a police station in Indonesia has left at least one attacker dead and six other people wounded, authorities said Wednesday. The explosion happened around 8:45 am local time (0145 GMT) at the compound in Medan on Sumatra island during morning roll call. “We suspect this is a suicide bombing with one attacker killed,” national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo told reporters in Jakarta. He said at least six people were wounded, including four officers and two civilians, but that their injuries were not severe. Indonesian police secure their headquarters in Medan, North Sumatra after a suicide attack occurred during their morning roll call.
November 13, 2019 07:25 UTC
SEOUL: A river near the inter-Korean border turned red with the blood of pigs slaughtered as Seoul attempts to curb the spread of African swine fever. In a handout photo taken on November 10, and released on November 13 by the Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic Network NGO shows a river coloured red with pigs blood in Yeoncheon county near the Demilitarize Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea. -AFP/Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic NetworkA local NGO said that heavy rains last week caused blood from a burial site near the inter-Korean border – where some 47,000 pig carcasses were piled up – to seep into the Imjin River on Sunday, turning some of the stream red. “It made many people living in the area anxious and worried,” Lee Seok-woo, who heads the NGO Yeoncheon Imjin River Civic Network, told AFP. This should not have happened.”Pigs blood seen in Yeoncheon county near the Demilitarize Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.
November 13, 2019 07:19 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: MISC Bhd views the outlook for the marine business is expected to remain challenging as shipyards strive to capture opportunities in order to maximise utilisation amidst stiff competition in a volatile market. MISC's petroleum segment recorded lower revenue due to the lower number of operating vessels in the current quarter. Heavy engineering segment recorded lower operating loss mainly due to the cost incurred for conversion work in its marine sub-segment in the corresponding quarter. The increase in revenue was mainly from higher number of operating vessels in the LNG business segment following lower dry-dockings and acquisition of two (2)LNG carriers, each in December 2018 and January 2019. MISC hopes to build on that momentum of growth from now into 2020," Yee said.
November 13, 2019 07:18 UTC