PALESTINE ambassador Walid Abu Ali is fond of Christmas. After all, his hometown is in Bethlehem, where the Church of the Nativity stands and is recognised as the site where Jesus was born. But this year, there’ll be no celebrations. In a display of solidarity with its people, the churches in Palestine will be tempering celebrations, removing the fanfare and lights.
December 24, 2023 18:01 UTC
THE past 12 months saw Kuala Lumpur folk rising up in greater numbers to have their voices heard. The Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Land Exco (JKTWPKL) had given conditional approval to the company to alienate part of the land for a housing project on Oct 20, 2021. The Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur Land and Mines Office (PTGWP) confirmed that a portion of the pond had been alienated for a mixed development project. Instead, the ministry was restructured as the Federal Territories Department (JWP) and placed under the Prime Minister’s Department. KLSP2040 gazettedOn Nov 9, the Kuala Lumpur Structure Plan 2040 (KLSP2040), was launched by Anwar.
December 23, 2023 13:29 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Capital A Bhd is seeking an extension of time from Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd to submit its regularisation plan. In a Bursa filing today, the company said it is seeking an extension until June 30, 2024. The exchange had previously granted Capital A until Dec 31, 2023 to submit its regularisation plan to the relevant regulatory authorities. Capital A fell into Bursa’s Practice Note 17 (PN17) list of financially distressed entities in January 2022.
December 22, 2023 22:11 UTC
NEW DELHI: Police in India have arrested a man who allegedly beheaded his wife with a sword after becoming upset over a delay in getting his morning tea. The gruesome incident took place on Dec 19 in a village in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, reported the Indian media. Police said the man, who was identified only as Dharamveer, had asked for his morning tea twice when he woke up and was upset that his wife, Sundari, said it would take some time. “He got angry when his wife told him it would take another 10 minutes for the tea to get ready and kicked the (kitchen) utensils away,” police superintendent Vivek Yadav told Times of India. “If my mother refused to make tea many times or took more time than expected, he would shout at her,” he told Times of India.
December 22, 2023 11:16 UTC
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December 22, 2023 10:48 UTC
PETALING JAYA: MyEG Services Bhd’s earnings momentum will be driven by its decentralised finance (DeFi) segment that is projected to deliver an even stronger performance in the fourth quarter of 2023 (4Q23). Maybank Investment Bank Research (Maybank IB Research) said MyEG’s strong results in 3Q23 were driven by the sales of its flagship Zetrix token, which continued to drive growth in the group’s blockchain-solutions segment. For 3Q23, MyEG’s core net profit rose by 7% year-on-year (y-o-y) to RM120.1mil. MyEG’s turnover in 3Q23 saw a 5% increase quarter-on-quarter (q-o-q) due to 30% sequential growth in the DeFi segment’s contribution. “With management alluding to strong token sales following the October IEO, we expect MyEG’s DeFi segment to deliver an even stronger performance in 4Q23.
December 21, 2023 15:38 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s economic momentum is expected to steadily improve heading into next year, with gross domestic product (GDP) set to grow by 4.5 per cent to 5.5 per cent in 2024 from an estimated 4.0 per cent this year, according to RAM Rating Services Bhd (RAM Ratings). The economy is benefitting from a potential turnaround in external demand, the credit rating agency said in a statement in conjunction with its Economic Outlook 2024 report released today. "Resilient domestic demand, supported by benign inflation and interest rates would also propel growth momentum,” it said. On the fiscal side, RAM Ratings estimated fiscal deficit to clock in at 4.2 per cent of GDP in 2024, reflecting the fiscal consolidation path of the government. It said a spike in global food and commodity prices could pressure domestic demand, as would unintended price ripple effects if the retargeting of RON95 subsidies were poorly executed.
December 20, 2023 23:44 UTC
The Indian Customs caught them with 13kg of gold, more than 200 mobile phones, laptops and cigarettes. The Straits Times learnt that smugglers have been approaching Indian migrant workers flying home via Changi Airport Terminal 1. Gold smuggling in India has seen a spike in seizures and amount discovered in recent years. The World Gold Council said in a report that gold smuggling in India spiked after the import duty of gold was raised in July 2022 to 12.5 per cent from 7.5 per cent. Indian Customs learnt that some of the passengers arrested had been to Gulf countries on “sponsored trips”, and returned with gold hidden in their luggage.
December 18, 2023 08:47 UTC
THE main message for Christmas is very simple – joy to the world and let there be peace on earth. That’s all. It’s probably only in Malaysia that each time we celebrate this happy festival that we have an unnecessary and unproductive polemic over a simple occasion.
December 17, 2023 14:34 UTC
Shoppers seeking gifts for loved ones may find themselves engrossed in the charming sights and sounds of Christmas. Pavilion in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur is featuring its Christmas Village with everything from a festive Christmas carousel for little ones to ride on to an animatronic reindeer and Santa Claus himself. Its main entrance captivates visitors with Cartier’s “Magical Encounters” Christmas decorations featuring a white roof and railings adorning the Christmas tree, inspired by architectural elements from Cartier boutiques. It is always an enchanted Christmas at Suria KLCC with its “Gingerbread Christmas Village”, which draws inspiration from the tradition of making gingerbread men and houses during the festive season. The Curve in Petaling Jaya morphs into a “Jolly Christmas Carnival,” transforming the mall into a Pop Art-inspired Christmas Village Carnival.
December 17, 2023 02:54 UTC
RESULTSFIRST ROUNDMen’s singlesGroup A: Shi Yuqi (Chn) bt Viktor Axelsen (Den) 21-19, 21-19; Anthony Ginting (Ina) bt Kodai Naraoka (Jpn) 10-21, 21-10, 21-18. Women’s singlesGroup B: Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Han Yue (Chn) 21-17, 19-21, 21-9. Men’s doublesGroup A: Liu Yuchen-Ou Xuanyi (Chn) bt Aaron Chia-Soh Wooi Yik (Mas) 19-21, 21-18, 22-20; Liang Weikeng-Wang Chang (Chn) bt Takuro Hoki-Yugo Kobayashi (Jpn) 23-21, 21-17. Group B: Chen Yufei (Chn) bt Zhang Beiwen (US) 21-13, 21-15; Carolina Marin (Spa) bt Han Yue (Chn) 21-11, 21-12. Group B: Baek Ha-na-Lee So-hee (Kor) bt Jongkolphan Kititharakul-Rawinda Prajongjai (Tha) 21-15, 21-15; Nami Matsuyama-Chiharu Shida (Jpn) bt Kim So-yeong-Kong Hee-yong (Kor) 21-13, 21-14.
December 15, 2023 14:39 UTC
The Art of Living organisation is holding its Run of Champions on Dec 16 at Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur. The 3km fun run is designed to unite Malaysians against the scourge of drug addiction. There has been a recent surge in drug-related incidents and an unprecedented increase in suicide cases among adolescents. An 81% surge in suicide cases has also been observed, with the numbers rising from 631 in 2020 to an alarming 1,142 cases. The fun run commences at 7am, with registration scheduled at 6.30am.
December 15, 2023 03:44 UTC
With seats onboard Virgin Galactic costing US$450,000 (RM2,105,550), space tourism remains a literal flight of fantasy for most people. And even such well-heeled amateur astronauts would do well to bone up on the potential health impacts of space flight. If recent experiments on rats are anything to go by, a successful rocket launch may lead to erectile dysfunction in male passengers. And the results suggest that men would be best advised to go to great lengths to avoid space travel, which can “negatively affect vascular tissues relevant to erectile dysfunction, even after a period of long-term recovery”. Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, affects an estimated half of men at some stage of their lives, usually in their middle or later years, according to the Mayo Clinic.
December 04, 2023 09:55 UTC
BERLIN: People concerned about their data have for years had to think carefully about matters such as social media app settings and internet browser cookies, as well as increasingly sophisticated email-based phishing scams. In the wake of mounting research confirming the mental health harm of social media, the university's researchers are now calling for investigations into the impact of the metaverse on society and how the companies behind these platforms operate. "Privacy, data collection, especially of personal data and biometric data, and the harm online platforms can cause, are all issues of concern to the public," the university’s team warned. Proponents believe the metaverse will ultimately replace the current internet with a 3D space accessed by headset, offering virtual concerts, meeting rooms and collective gaming. However researchers say their focus groups showed many of the online harms experienced in current internet and social media environments will transfer to the metaverse and proliferate there.
December 03, 2023 14:55 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Johor has requested for additional flights from Senai International Airport to several cities in China, besides seeking direct flights to southern India, says Tourism Johor director Suhairi Hashim. He said they were working closely with the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry to get more Indian and Chinese tourists to visit the state. “Presently, the number of flights between Senai International Airport and Guangzhou is four times a week,” he said when contacted yesterday. Suhairi also said that Chinese tourists formed the fourth largest group of foreign visitors to Johor after Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. With the 30-day visa-free travel announced by the government for Indian and Chinese tourists, this will be good for the Johor tourism sector,” he added.
December 03, 2023 02:08 UTC