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U.S. beat Mexico 3-0 in women's World Cup warm-up
(Reuters) - The U.S. wrapped up their preparations for the women’s World Cup on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Mexico on a sweltering day in New Jersey. [...]
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Australia's Vocus gets US$2.3b takeover offer from EQT Infrastructure
SYDNEY: Australian telco Vocus Group Ltd said on Monday it has received a A$3.27 billion ($2.27 billion) takeover offer from private equity firm EQT Infrastructure, nearly two years after two suitors walked away from the company. [...]
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Daim: Govt should focus on issues that directly affect people
Tun Daim Zainuddin said the Pakatan Harapan government should pay more attention to issues affecting the people’s daily lives now that it is into its second year of running the country. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa MACHANG, May 26 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government should pay more attention to issues affecting the people’s daily lives, including the cost of living, now that it is into its second year of running the country, said Tun Daim Zainuddin.The Council of Eminent Persons chairman said the three issues that needed greater focus are affordable housing, cost of essential goods and reduction of toll rates.“Before this the government focused on several important issues like Lembaga Tabung Haji and Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) and for the second year of its administration the priority should be for issues (directly) affecting the people.“I also represent the people who want these matters to be taken into consideration to lessen their burden,” he told reporters during a working visit to Koperasi Keluarga Haji Zabir Kelantan Berhad (KOZA) here today.Daim, who was on a one-day working visit to Kelantan, inspected the Pelabuhan To Bali, Pasir Puteh to assess the fish supply in Kelantan and Terengganu.Daim said the affordable houses to be built should be of quality and carry the latest features.“If you ask me, I’m like you people who, apart from affordable houses also want prices of goods to be low and toll rates to be reduced in the second year,” he said.The provision of affordable housing, controlling the prices of goods and cutting tolls are among the pledges in the PH manifesto for the 14th general election and they remain issues close to the people’s hearts.Asked on the availability of fish, Daim said he hoped there would be adequate supply at low prices for the people.He also hoped that supermarkets would offer goods at low prices, especially when Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri soon.On the PAS-Umno Joint Charter which is expected to be signed by the two parties after Aidilfitri, Daim said this was considered normal in politics.“This is not something extraordinary and it’s up to them whether to make it a success or not, depending on the situation.Daim said he was not an astrologer to predict whether this charter would be a success or would affect the government. — Bernama [...]
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2019 Cannes Film Festival: 7 standout red carpet looks
For the last fortnight, the capital of the fashion world has shifted south from Paris to the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival. We run our style ruler over some of the most spectacular dresses at the world’s biggest film jamboree. – AFP Relaxnews Elle Fanning The ever beautiful Elle Fanning walked the red carpet in a magnificent Gucci soft pink silk gown complete with cape. Gong Li Looking simply classic was Gong Li. She wore a long embroidered Ralph & Russo gown in a pastel shade to the screening of The Dead Don’t Die. Deepika Padukone Deepika Padukone made a big splash in her dreamy, yet imposing green tulle-covered Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress. Zhang Ziyi Actress Zhang Ziyi was as glamorous as ever. She looked breathtaking and elegant in a sheer, deep black dress by Zuhair Murad. Dakota Fanning Dakota Fanning looked every bit the princess in an immaculate white Giorgio Armani Prive bustier dress with a contrasting gold belt. Adriana Lima Channeling style and sensuality, Adriana Lima shone on the Cannes red carpet in a shimmering, elegant Michael Kors number with a revealing slit. Noel Berry Noel Berry stepped out in a subtly iridescent Zuhair Murad Couture black strapless dress featuring a revealing slit and a long train. [...]
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PKR spruces up election machinery for Sarawak elections
PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said the party is sprucing up its general election machinery to face the 12th Sarawak state elections. — Picture by Miera Zulyana PUTRAJAYA, May 26 — Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is sprucing up its general election machinery to face the 12th Sarawak state elections which is expected to be held at the end of next year or early 2021.Its president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said that the Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian would head the election machinery in the state assisted by party secretary general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution and three vice-presidents Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Tian Chua and Ali Biju.‘‘They will embark on their tasks as soon as possible drawing up strategies, holding consultations with component parties and preparing a machinery which can give an effective foundation of struggle to face the state elections,’’ he told a media conference after chairing a PKR Central Leadership Council meeting here today.At the 11th state elections, Barisan Nasional won 72 of the 82 state seats contested, DAP won seven and PKR won three (Batu Lintang, Krian and Ba’kelalan).He said the meeting also discussed the position of Sungai Siput Member of Parliament, Kesavan Subramaniam who allegedly sexually harassed a woman, who was his former aide.Anwar said PKR viewed the allegation seriously and urged the police to continue their investigation on the case.‘‘We will wait for the outcome of the investigation and subsequently act if necessary,’’ he said.Recently, a woman lodged a police report claiming that she was a victim of sexual harassment by Kesavan, but the latter also lodged a police report claiming that the woman often disturbed him.On the protest against a breaking-the-fast programme of the Keadilan Youth movement in Ampang yesterday, which was feted like a festival with songs and fireworks, Anwar apologised and had urged the PKR wing to overcome the weakness.“I have sternly warned them to respect the month of Ramadan and abstain from carrying out events which deviated from Islam,’’ he said.Meanwhile, Anwar said PKR protested against the United States’ (US) provocative action against Iran and urged international bodies especially the United Nations Security Council to hold an emergency session to ease the tension which could lead to war.‘‘PKR urges Malaysia to state its firm stand by rejecting provocation and threats of war to all Islamic nations under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) which will hold its summit in Mecca on May 31,’’he said.It was reported that the US would be sending 1,500 more soldiers to the Middle East as a ‘‘protective measure’’ following the escalating tension with Iran, said President Donald Trump on Friday. — Bernama [...]
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How to pick the best interchangeable lens camera system
With or without a mirror? Finding the right camera isn't always a straightforward process. [...]
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Ford presents home-delivery robot (VIDEO)
The Digit robot can deliver a parcel to the end client's home. — Picture courtesy of Ford DETROIT, May 24 — The American automaker Ford has unveiled “Digit,” a two-legged, almost human-like robot capable of making home deliveries.Designed in collaboration with Agility Robotics, Digit can walk, go up and down stairs, and carry packages of up to 40 pounds (just over 18kg), like a human. The robot can, for example, collect parcels from a driverless autonomous vehicle and deliver them to the homes of end clients. The robot is also designed to fold up tightly for easy storage and transportation onboard a self-driving vehicle, until it is needed again. The aim is to make car and robot communicate, so that the car could, for example, share delivery details and mapped pathways with the robot. Digit is equipped with cameras and a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor so as to avoid obstacles and reach home doors without dropping its wares.Ford’s technology, research and development department is full of surprises. In recent months, it has presented a smart bed to keep space-hogging sleepers in their own “lanes,” a prototype noise-canceling dog kennel and a shopping cart that can brake on its own. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Deaf man beaten to death, allegedly by individual he used to disturb
GOMBAK - A deaf man was beaten to death by a man he is believed to have frequently disturbed. Gombak OCPS Asst Comm Samsor Maarof said they were alerted to the case on May 10. "We received information that a 47-year-old deaf man died while receiving treatment at the Selayang Hospital. "The man was beaten up in front of a restaurant along Jalan Sungai Pusu here," he told reporters at the Gombak police headquarters on Wednesday (May 22). [...]
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PKR spruces up election machinery for Sarawak polls
PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): PKR is sprucing up its election machinery to face the 12th Sarawak state elections which is expected to be held at the end of next year or early 2021. [...]
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Allegri's reign with champions Juventus ends with defeat
GENOA, Italy, May 26 (Reuters) - - Late goals from Gregoire Defrel and Gianluca Caprari gave mid-table Sampdoria a 2-0 win over Serie A champions Juventus on Sunday as coach Massimiliano Allegri's five-year reign with the Turin side ended in defeat.Defrel collected a pass from Manolo Gabbiandini and, despite being surrounded by three defenders, scored with a scuffed shot in the 81st minute before Caprari curled in an exquisite free kick in stoppage time.Allegri, who won five Serie A titles with Juventus, fielded his 38th different starting line-up in as many league games this season as he gave a first appearance of the campaign to third-choice goalkeeper Carlo Pinsoglio and a first start for Brazilian winger Matheus Perreira while resting Cristiano Ronaldo.Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella, 36, was close with an overhead effort in the first half and ended the campaign with 26 goals. He is almost certain to finish as Serie A's topscorer with his nearest rivals four goals behind. [...]
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Bitcoin climbs to highest in a year amid cryptocurrency comeback
SYDNEY: Bitcoin soared to the highest level in a year, extending a run that’s seen prices more than double. [...]
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Medical News Today: Antibiotics may help curb Alzheimer's symptoms
A new study in mice suggests that a combination of antibiotics may reduce the buildup of amyloid plaques, but only in male brains. [...]
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Arsenal POSTPONE key transfer plan as Unai Emery makes specific demand – Guillem Balague
ARSENAL will not appoint a director of football until after the summer transfer window, believes transfer expert Guillem Balague. [...]
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ECRL: Create 20pc quota for Bumiputera contractors
A general view of the construction site of the East Coast Rail Link project in Bentong July 10, 2018. — Bernama pic KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — The Malaysian Bumiputera Contractors Association is requesting the Pakatan Harapan government to provide a special quota of at least 20 per cent to Bumiputera contractors to participate in the civil works of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.Its honourary chairman Datuk Mokhtar Samad said this is because there are about 42,000 Bumiputera contractors who have the expertise and skills to be involved in project’s civil works.“They are capable of carrying out various works in the project. What is wrong if there is 40 per cent of local company participation with 20 per cent given to Bumiputera contractors? The association wants the special quota to be created for Bumiputera contractors.“Without the special quota, I believe Bumiputera contractors would find it difficult to compete or share with other local companies. This is a reasonable request by the association, I believe the new government would understand the predicament of Bumiputera contractors,” he told Bernama, today.On April 15, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the involvement of Malaysia in the civil works of ECRL project would be increased to 40 per cent compared to 30 per cent following the signing of a Supplementary Agreement (SA) between Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL) and China Communications Construction Company Ltd (CCCC) on April 12.In an interview with Bernama, the Prime Minister’s special envoy to renegotiate the mega ECRL project with the Chinese government, Tun Daim Zainuddin said Bumiputera and local contractors should seize the opportunities in the supply and technical sectors of the mega project.Commenting further, Mokhtar said technical, mechanical and civil works are among the expertise within the portfolio of local contractors and should be given attention by the government and MRL to enable joint involvement in the development of the new transportation platform.He said the association had met MRL recently to request for priority to be given to Bumiputera contractors in works on the development of ECRL.In this regard, Mokhtar also appealed to the government that the closing date for the submission of ECRL civil works pre-tender documents be extended by another three weeks compared to the original date on May 30 following the Aidilfitri celebration.The ECRL project was started by the Barisan Nasional government earlier and was suspended last year by the Pakatan Harapan government over its high cost.            It has resumed construction and will involve a new alignment with the track reduced by 40 kilometres apart from lowering the cost of one kilometre of track from RM98 million to RM68 million. — Bernama [...]
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Look at Penang South Reclamation project more objectively, says state exco
Penang state health executive councillor Dr Afif Bahardin said the Penang South Reclamation project should be viewed more objectively and it should not be dismissed without due consideration. — Picture by K.E.Ooi GEORGE TOWN, May 26 —  The Penang South Reclamation (PSR) project should be viewed more objectively and it should not be dismissed without due consideration, said the State Health, Agriculture and Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin.He said the state has always followed the legal process and reviewed all reports from experts and relevant departments to find the best formula to reduce the negative impacts on the environment and fishermen.According to him, SRS Consortium has conducted a series of discussions and meetings with fishermen to obtain their views since the issues on the PSR project were raised.“There is no benefit to cancel the PSR, it is better to discuss how the project can be implemented by giving minimum impact to the environment. I see PSR is able to create new economic opportunities here.“I have met and discussed with youths here, they want to work in Penang but the job opportunities in other cities are more attractive than what is being offered here,” he told reporters after launching Ops Raya by the Community Emergency Response Team George Town (CERT George Town) here today.He was commenting on the claim by an environmental group that more than 6,000 fishermen in northern Perak will be affected by the proposed PSR project.On May 21, the Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) chairman Muhammad Faiz Fadzil said they are waiting for the report from the state government pertaining to the claim.Dr Afif said the state government through SRS Consortium met Muhammad Faiz recently to explain the process and projects which will be carried out in addressing fishermen’s welfare and other related issues.The PSR project was planned by the Penang state government to finance the Penang Transport Master Plan, which is expected to cost RM49 billion, to solve traffic congestion problems. It involves development projects on 1,800 hectares of three man-made islands which are expected to compete with Marina Bay in Singapore. — Bernama [...]
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World Health Organization deems 'gaming disorder' an official illness     – CNET
Video game addiction gets added to the organization's latest list of modern-day ills. [...]
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