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Mbappe and Marozsan voted best top-flight players in France
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe, who has already scored 32 goals this season, was named both the best player and best Under-21 player for the 2018-19 season by his peers on Sunday. [...]
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Japan GDP posts surprise growth but weak demand still a concern
TOKYO: Japan's economic growth unexpectedly accelerated in January- March, driven by net contributions from exports and defying forecasts for a contraction in the world's third-largest economy. [...]
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Semanggol accident: Victims brought in by syndicate, say cops
BAGAN SERAI (Bernama): All the Myanmar nationals who were involved in the accident at KM190.6 of the North-South Expressway near Gunung Semanggol on Sunday (May 19) were believed to have been brought in by a syndicate. [...]
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Westworld gets a season 3 trailer before Game of Thrones ends     – CNET
It has arrived and it will return. [...]
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Gareth Bale transfer news: Zinedine Zidane gives biggest hint yet that forward will leave Real Madrid
Bale was left as an unused substitute as Madrid ended the season with a whimper, with the Wales international disappearing down the tunnel immediately after the defeat against Real Betis [...]
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Medical News Today: How a parasitic fish could help us fight brain cancer and stroke
New research in mice suggests that molecules derived from a species of parasitic fish could help tackle cancer and other conditions in the brain. [...]
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When does the Premier League 2019/20 season start? Fixture release date revealed
THE PREMIER LEAGUE will return for another unpredictable season in August. Express Sport has all the details of the key dates for the 2019/20 campaign. [...]
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Declare assets to MACC? GPS lawmakers already did that long ago, says Sarawak DCM
Masing said GPS federal and state lawmakers had already declared their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), as early as the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s time as chief minister. — Picture by Hari Anggara KUCHING, May 20 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) would be following Gabungan Parti Sarawak’s (GPS) footsteps if the former introduces mandatory asset declarations for lawmakers, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri James Masing has said.Masing said GPS federal and state lawmakers had already declared their assets to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), as early as the late Tan Sri Adenan Satem’s time as chief minister.“Please take note of that,” Masing, who is also Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president, said when asked to respond to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s proposal for all federal lawmakers, including from the Opposition, to declare their assets and that of their immediate families.On April 6, 2015, Sarawak made Malaysian history when all its Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers and political secretaries to the chief minister — now in GPS — took the integrity pledge in line with the Adenan administration’s pledge to promote clean and transparent governance.On January 15 that same year, Adenan had led his ministers and assistant ministers to sign the integrity pledge before the MACC chief at the time, Tan Sri Abu Kassim, after which they submitted their list of assets to the commission.When Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg took over as chief minister, he and members of his state Cabinet, along with GPS MPs, state assemblymen and political secretaries also took the integrity pledge and declared their assets to the MACC.Responding separately to the prime minister’s announcement, State Reform Party (STAR) president Lina Soo lauded it and said it was long overdue. She also said that the declarations should not only be to the MACC but to all Malaysians.“The assets should be for public information. If they want to be public persons holding public office, they must be accountable,” she said.Parti Pesaka Bumiputra Bersatu (PBB) information chief Datuk Idris Buang said he personally considered the federal government’s proposal fair.Asked if GPS MPs would support such a motion or Bill in Parliament, he said this would depend on how it was worded.“If the motion or Bill is plain and straightforward, GPS MPs should give their support,” he said.He also pointed out that the GPS government already requires state ministers, assistant ministers and political secretaries to submit their lists of assets to the MACC after signing anti-corruption pledge with the MACC.DAP’s Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said he strongly in favour of the proposal announced by Dr Mahathir that the National Integrity and Anti-Corruption Governance Centre would extend the scope of the National Anti-Corruption Plan to include the declaration of assets as one of the key performance indicators of federal ministers, deputy ministers and all MPs, including from the Opposition.He said since the change of government on May 9 last year, the PH federal government has introduced multiple anti-corruption policies and initiatives to promote transparency and curb corruption.Dr Yii said the anti-corruption measures are important in Sarawak, especially with the increase of development budget by the state government this year and also upcoming allocations from the federal government.“It is also to increase transparency and the trust of the public administration, to prevent conflicts of interest, illicit enrichment and false accusations of wealth and to monitor the wealth of politicians and public servants.Dr Yii also proposed that an asset-profiling system be introduced to determine the amount of assets a lawmaker or government official can reasonably accrue during his time in office.After his announcement, however, the prime minister acknowledged that the plan must go through Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusuf before it can be implemented. [...]
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Failed Innopac deal portends mining magnate Gutnick’s woes in Australia
SINGAPORE (May 20): The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is seeking judicial permission to wind down mining company Merlin Diamonds. The regulator is also... [...]
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Education Ministry wants greater cross-cultural exposure in schools, varsities
Graduates attend the International Islamic University Malaysia’s 34th convocation ceremony in Gombak November 10, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak KLUANG, May 20 — The Education Ministry wants greater cross-cultural exposure among students in schools and varsities to forge better multiracial harmony.Its minister Maszlee Malik said activities to the effect including through the curricula would result in greater understanding on living together.“To me what is more important is appreciating each other. Through curricular activities, common activities, it will bring us closer.“We do not want this to be just in theory but practised so that we understand the true meaning of living together,” he told reporters after officiating a plaque handing over ceremony for a special aid programme for Rumah Harapan in Kampung Parit Haji Hashim here yesterday.The Simpang Renggam MP was commenting on statement by Malaysian Youth Council president Jufitri Joha on Friday that the Islamic education subject only focused on Islam.Jufitri said exposure on other religions was also necessary for better multiracial harmony. — Bernama [...]
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Mineral misery: Vietnam salt farmers battered by imports, climate
Workers take a break in front of harvested salt in southern Vietnam’s Hon Khoi salt fields April 22, 2019. — AFP pic HON KHOI, May 19 — The salt farmers of Hon Khoi rise before dawn as they have for generations, fanning out across shallow seawater pools in southern Vietnam to harvest the precious mineral, hoping for a better season than the last.The work is punishing and the incomes unstable, subject to seesawing demand swayed by foreign imports, and increasingly unpredictable weather patterns.Many people in the sleepy seaside town in Khanh Hoa province have worked much of their lives in the salt fields — an Instagram hotspot where workers wearing conical hats ferry mountains of the saline crystals in bamboo baskets along reflective ponds against a setting sun.They shuffle carefully along narrow ledges separating the rectangular plots that are pumped full of salty seawater.But the farmers say life is tough on the fields where they toil during the annual harvesting season from January to June.“This job is no fun at all, we have to work so hard in the sun and then during the cool season we are off,” said Nguyen Thanh Lai, his tan skin weathered from nearly four decades working in the fields.He sells his harvest to local traders who pass it up the value chain until it reaches dining tables or factories around Vietnam, where it is used to preserve fish, concoct South-east Asia’s popular, pungent fish sauce, or make soda water.Lai has long struggled to raise his five kids, but he says both demand and market price used to be more reliable.“In the past we didn’t make losses in salt production, now there are losses,” the 60-year-old told AFP, wearing two hats to shield from the searing morning sun.As technical supervisor, he typically earns around US$360 (RM1,700) a month during the harvesting season — more than double what most salt workers take home.But his income zigzags depending on demand, which itself fluctuates based on imports from abroad. Workers carry harvested salt in bamboo baskets in southern Vietnam’s Hon Khoi salt fields April 22, 2019. — AFP pic Climate woesVietnam produced about one million tonnes of salt in 2015, according to the latest official data, and often clocks surpluses, but it still ships salt in, mostly from China and India.The country imported 500,000 tonnes of the mineral in 2017 despite a 147,000-tonne surplus of domestic production.The imported product is of a quality required for industrial use, something the local salt is not always suitable for.Officials at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development did not respond to AFP’s requests for comment.But unpredictable demand is not all Vietnam’s salt farmers are up against.In Hon Khoi — a popular tourist destination for throngs of visitors who pack its white sandy beaches — farmers are also contending with climate change.Shifting weather patterns have upended work in an industry that depends on sunny, dry days for maximum production.“If the weather is good, we can work for six months. If it rains, we all go hungry,” said Nguyen Quang Anh, who has laboured in the fields for two decades.“Climate change really has had an impact because salt production needs stable weather,” the 57-year-old farmer told AFP.The UN says climate change has “undermined” the lives of farmers in Vietnam, where the wet season has come earlier or brought in heavier rains in recent years.“In Vietnam and elsewhere, climate change has put weather in flux. When you can no longer plan for the future, you can only hope,” said Dechen Tsering, UN Environment’s Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.Vietnamese authorities vowed to reform the sector in 2014, rolling out a 15-year plan to modernise the industry in a bid to help struggling farmers like Anh.The blueprint called for production to triple by 2030, promised new technology, and called on local officials to support farmers hit by fluctuating weather patterns.Few have felt the impact of the plan — or ever heard about it — in Hon Khoi, where the salt industry remains the main employer.That means many are taking a gamble on the sector.“Sometimes I’m nervous, but I’m in the business so I have to accept the risks,” said Nguyen Van Vinh, who just started working in the fields this season to supplement his income running a small stationery shop.“If I don’t harvest salt, I won’t earn enough.” — AFP [...]
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The Best Menswear To Buy This Week
The best clothes to buy right now from the likes of Orlebar Brown, Saint Laurent, Fred Perry, Stan Ray and Barbour. [...]
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Bjerregaard aces 17th hole with six-iron at Bethpage Black
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (Reuters) - Dane Lucas Bjerregaard gave the raucous gallery at the par-three 17th hole something to cheer about with a hole-in-one in the final round at the PGA Championship on Sunday. [...]
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It's all in the screen? The pros and cons of all-in-one PCs
The concept of the all-in-one PC is as simple as it is ingenious: all of the technology is integrated into the monitor. It's this simplicity and clarity that appeals to many users. [...]
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HTC’s Vive Pro Eye virtual reality helmet to be available in Europe for €1,649
The Vive Pro Eye is available in Europe. — Picture courtesy of HTC via AFP-Relaxnews LONDON, May 16 — HTC has announced the European release of its new Vive Pro Eye virtual reality helmet, available now through its own e-commerce site, and through usual points of sales starting May 22, 2019.The Vive Pro Eye, which HTC presented this past January at Las Vegas’s CES, is primarily intended for professional use.An iteration of the famous Vive Pro, it offers a large number of innovative features, starting with Precision Eye Tracking, which uses a large part of the device’s CPU and GPU in order to maximise the resolution of the images displayed.Along with a visual range of 110 degrees, the Vive Pro Eye is equipped with the SteamVR 2.0 tracking protocol, which provides greater flexibility for demonstrations within 7 x 7-metre (when using two base stations) or 10 x 10-metre environments (with four base stations).The helmet also features two 3.5-inch Oled screens providing a combined 2880 x 1600-pixel resolution. On the audio front, the helmet is equipped with two microphones as well as removable Hi-Res headphones for an even more spectacular immersion. In short, the Vive Pro Eye optimises the concept and design of the Vive Pro for today’s needs.The Vive Pro Eye requires pairing with a PC equipped with the following minimum specs: an Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD FX 8350 or higher CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 290 or higher GPU, at least 4 gigs of RAM and ideally running Windows 10 (although it also supports Windows 7 and 8.1).The Vive Pro Eye is now available for €1,649 (RM7,670) on Vive.com, and will be made available through authorised retailers in 25 European countries.The box will contain the Vive Pro Eye helmet with cable, two SteamVR 2.0 base stations, two controllers, an assembly kit with all necessary cables.For an additional €185, pros will have access to a dedicated licensing programme, along with a two-year warranty for commercial use.Now available in Europe, China and Taiwan, HTC indicates that it will be coming soon to more markets. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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This week's video game releases: 'Rage 2,' 'A Plague Tale', 'The Gardens Between'
Lean into it: 'Rage 2' has won praise from shooter fans happy to ignore its non-combat portions. — Picture courtesy of Avalanche Studios / Bethesda Softworks NEW YORK, May 19 — Rage 2 chucks its story out of the window in favor of exceptional gun combat, dream state puzzle adventure The Gardens Between wanders onto iPhone and iPad, and A Plague Tale makes a desperate dash across disease-ridden historical France. Then there’s the daft and furious shoot ‘em up Octogeddon and grisly survival horror Darkwood.The Gardens Between for iOS[]Guide two friends on a surreal dreamstate journey based on their own memories of childhood and each other, in a land where time is malleable and the future of a friendship is unfolding. Well received as a computer and console release with a Very Positive Steam user rating, an 82 (PC), 80 (XBO), 74 (PS4) and 79 (Switch) on Metacritic and a 78 OpenCritic average.Octogeddon for Nintendo SwitchThe creator of Plants vs. Zombies returns with his funny take on side-scrolling action games—you’re an uppity octopus monster angered by crimes against octopus-kind and embarking on a massive rampage, wielding a multitude of weapons with the aim of destroying the world. Launched on PC in 2018 to strong reviews, with an 80 on OpenCritic, 82 on Metacritic, and a Very Positive Steam user rating.Rage 2 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PCRectifying the drabness of its post-apocalyptic predecessor with a double-barrelled blast of neon, while the superpower-charged gun combat is so strong that its relatively (purposely?) weak story and dialogue can or should be ignored. Come for the shooting, stay for the shooting. 72 on OpenCritic, and a 69 (PS4), 73 (PC) and 74 (Xbox One) on Metacritic, and a Mixed reception from Steam users.A Plague Tale: Innocence for PCSingle player buddy adventure set during 1340s France as the ratborne Black Death spreads across the country. Amica and her little brother Hugo are fleeing the Inquisition, sneaking their way through a ravaged land and using fire and light to repel rats away or herd them to their advantage. Well received with an 81 on Opencritic and Metacritic, and a Very Positive rating from Steam users.Darkwood for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and SwitchExplore a terrifying vision of a Soviet Bloc wasteland, infested with awful creatures—as well as the materials you need to keep them at bay. Budget-priced birds’ eye view survival horror that had enough substance to merit an 80 on OpenCritic and Metacritic, and a Very Positive Steam user rating from a 2017 PC release. — AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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