Anwar also said that more room should be accorded to PH leaders to voice their views. — Picture by Miera Zulyana
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today he is satisfied with Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) progress so far, as the coalition reaches its 100-day deadline.Following a meeting with Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar said that more room should be accorded to PH leaders to voice their views.“I had a lengthy discussion on the 100 days with Tun yesterday and I feel satisfied in general.“In the discussion, Tun said he is ready to improve any weaknesses at the early stage,” he told reporters when met at the Malaysian Student Leaders Summit XII here.MORE TO COME [...]
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NEW YORK: The ability of the U.S. stock market to keep an edge this year over equities elsewhere in the world hinges on the United States maintaining its economic and earnings growth advantage, the strength of the dollar and how global trade tensions resolve, investors said. [...]
Spain dominates a list of the world’s most breathtaking beaches that include coastlines in Kenya, Thailand, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Indonesia and even Britain.
Beach-Inspector bills itself as the “first professional beach information platform” covering 1,600 beaches in 52 holiday regions around the world that have been tested on-site against up to 120 criteria.
Over the last three years, “beach inspectors” were dispatched to destinations around the world where they spent two days digitalising and evaluating beaches on everything from sand and water quality, facilities (restaurants, bars, showers), child friendliness, “flirt factor” and visual beauty.
Beaches were then categorised under five broad themes – “Wow” beaches, party, water sports, special ambiance and classic holiday.
Pantai Semeti in Lombok, Indonesia.
Beaches filed under the Wow category are destinations that take your breath away and create lifelong memories.
Of the 21 destinations that made the list, five are in Spain and three in Thailand.
Amid the predictable tropical, Caribbean and Mediterranean destinations, the selection also includes the shores of Kenya (Manda Bay and Diani Beach), and Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall, England, which features white sand and dramatic rock faces.
Whitehaven Beach near Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia.
The concept is not unlike the list of top 10 beaches in the US released every year from Stephen P. Leatherman, better known as Dr Beach, who holds a PhD in environmental coastal sciences.
Beach-Inspector, however, covers beaches around the world. For the full list of winners visitbeach-inspector.com/en/awards. – AFP Relaxnews
Here are the “Wow” beaches in the Beach-Inspector selection:
Manda Bay, Kenya
Diani Beach, Kenya
Cala Mariolu, Sardinia, Italy
Playa de Cofete, Fuerteventura, Spain
Pai Plong Beach, Thailand
Canto de la Playa, Dominican Republic
Playa de ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain
Trou aux Biches Beach, Mauritius
Dolphin Reef Beach, Israel
Semeti Beach, Lombok, Indonesia
Nui Beach, Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
Playa de los Muertos, Costa de Almeria, Spain
Praia de Joao de Arens, Algarve, Portugal
Cala Conta, Ibiza, Spain
Playa Punta Uva, Costa Rica
Playa de las Conchas, Lanzarote, Spain
Koh Nang Yuan Beach Koh Tao, Thailand
Blue Lagoon, Cyprus
Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall, England
Whitehaven Beach, Queensland, Australia
Elafonissi Beach, Crete, Greece [...]
ROME: Juventus fans will get their first glimpse of superstar summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo (pix) in rarified surroundings on Sunday when he makes his debut for the Italian champions at the foot of the Alps a week before the start of the new Serie A season.
Ronaldo, who signed for Juventus from European champions Real Madrid in a shock €100 million (RM466 million) deal exactly a month ago, will wear the Juventus kit for the first time in the club's traditional pre-season friendly between Juve's first XI and a "B" team in Villar Perosa, a small town 40km west of Turin.
Set in a valley at the foot of the Italian Alps, Villar Perosa (population: roughly 4,100) is the home of the family estate and summer retreat of the powerful Agnellis, who, apart from a brief period around the Second World War, have run Juventus since 1923 and established the traditional alpine curtain-raiser.
Members of the industrial dynasty – founders of Fiat car manufacturers and often called the "Italian Kennedys" – have lived at "The Castle" in Villar Perosa since the 19th century, while deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was town mayor between 1945 and 1980.
Up close and personal
Used to imposing arenas such as the Camp Nou, Old Trafford and the Bernabeu, current Ballon d'Or holder Ronaldo will take his first steps in black and white stripes at the town's compact ground, named after notoriously brutal Italy centre-back Gaetano Scirea.
There should be more fans at the match than the entire population of Villar Perosa, with the 5,000 tickets available long-since sold out and even more supporters desperate to try and catch a glimpse of their new idol.
Such is the enthusiasm for Ronaldo's debut, that special security measures have been drafted in the town for the match, including a complete ban on the sale of alcohol from Saturday.
Ronaldo's arrival had sparked rumours that the match would be moved to the Allianz Stadium such was the enthusiasm from fans after his signing, but the club decided to stick with the traditional bucolic setting.
That could mean Ronaldo gets even more up close and personal with Juve fans.
Established custom dictates that five minutes after half-time fans invade the pitch, bringing the game to a halt as fans charge after and greet their heroes.
Ronaldo joined the team for training on Wednesday with Juventus two important players lighter after their return from the International Champions Cup in the United States.
The 33-year-old's arrival pushed striker Gonzalo Higuain to rivals AC Milan, and the Argentine was joined by the impressive Mattia Caldara, who has established himself as one of Serie A's best defenders since breaking through at Atalanta two years ago.
Caldara arrived at Juve in early July only to be swapped last week with Leonardo Bonucci, who returned to Turin after just one unconvincing season with Milan.
The decision to deprive themselves of a proven Serie A goalscorer and in particular to swap Caldara, 24, for 31-year-old Bonucci has left some question marks over Juventus despite Ronaldo's proven prowess.
His domestic form – despite scoring 26 goals in La Liga – was below the almost superhuman levels that had characterised his time in Spain as Madrid finished third behind local rivals Atletico and a whole 17 points behind champions Barcelona.
However Juve's closest recent challengers -- Napoli and Roma -- have sold important players this summer, and Napoli have to adapt to new coach Carlo Ancelotti following talismanic Maurizio Sarri's departure and subsequent move to Chelsea.
Juventus have signed Ronaldo not to cement their domestic dominance, after winning seven straight league titles, but to boost their international profile and bag their first Champions League triumph in over two decades.
Last season, Ronaldo was his usual dominant self in Europe as he smashed 15 goals to top the Champions League scoring charts and fired Real Madrid to continental glory for the third straight year.
Interest in Juve and in Italian football has spiked following Ronaldo's arrival. July visits to the club museum shot up 15% compared to last year and were nearly a third more than in 2016, and the over 29,000 season tickets available to fans have been sold despite a deeply unpopular 30 percent price bump announced before Ronaldo's arrival.
ESPN have snatched the rights to broadcast Serie A in the United States from BeIN Sports (although the league has not said how much the network will pay) and World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric is also pondering a move to join former teammate Ronaldo in Italy – at Juve's arch-rivals Inter Milan. — AFP [...]
Fire and Rescue Department personnel participate in a train fire simulation exercise at Putra Heights station in Petaling Jaya August 11, 2018. — Bernama pic
PETALING JAYA, Aug 11 — In a bid to test the preparedness of the rescue team and the standard operating procedures (SOP) during emergency involving a light rail transit (LRT) train, a train fire simulation exercise was carried out at the Putra Heights station early today.The simulation began when an Ampang/Sri Petaling train caught fire, causing one victim to meet a ‘fiery end’, three sustained ‘injured’ and sending 50 other passengers on board into a state of panic when the train suddenly stop in the middle of the track and some of them trying to get out to safety but almost got hit by incoming train.Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd Security Department head Shahrul Azhar Shamshudin said the exercise which began from 1am to 3am today was aimed at testing the effectiveness of the Emergency Response Plan, and for the first time, involved two trains from Kelana Jaya and Ampang /Sri Petaling lines simultaneously.“We purposely chose an extreme scenario for the simulation because we really want to ensure that our staff are always prepared to give emergency response, especially in terms of communication and cooperation with ERA emergency agencies.“The simulation was done after midnight because we don’t want to disturb the daily train operations,” he told reporters after the simulation exercise early today.The exercise was mounted with the cooperation from the police, Fire and Rescue Department and medical teams from Putrajaya and Serdang hospitals. — Bernama [...]
Pick up your copy of The Sunday Star paper tomorrow (Aug 12) for a 25% discount on these cookbooks. Look for the coupon in Star2.
Author: Michel Roux
The egg, says Michel Roux, “is an undervalued food, invariably overshadowed by expensive, luxury ingredients”. In writing this book, he shares his secrets on what has become his “most faithful companions” and offers 130 recipes and ideas for using eggs.
Roux devotes the first six chapters of the book to the mastery of key cooking methods – such as boiling, poaching, and scrambling – and the remaining seven chapters to the egg’s “genius in all forms of cooking”. Here, he instructs readers on the important role of eggs in batters, pastries, sauces, ice creams, sponges and more.
In this new edition (first published in 2005), classic recipes – such as eggs Benedict and boiled eggs with special soldiers – are presented alongside many modern and creative takes on the egg. For example, soft-cooked eggs with vanilla caramel and brioche is made for those with a sweet tooth, while scrambled eggs masala sounds right up our alley.
This is a great book for all its technicalities on preparing eggs, and it can help you take your egg cookery up to pro chef level – but, as with many cookbooks by Michelin-starred chefs, there is that tendency towards some time-consuming recipes using ingredients that are harder to get.
That said, eggs – the most simple and complete food – are easily available, and it’s always good to know as many ways as possible to cook them. – Jane F. Ragavan
Gennaro’s Fast Cook Italian
Author: Gennaro Contaldo
If you’ve ever watched British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver cooking Italian food on television, there’s a 90% chance you’ve also heard him mentioning his mentor, Gennaro Contaldo. The man is so inexorably intertwined with Oliver that when I went to one of Oliver’s popular Jamie’s Italian outlets in London, the first thing I saw on the specials was Gennaro’s pasta!
His connection to the famed celebrity chef aside, Contaldo is a popular Italian chef and cookbook author who has even nabbed a Guinness World Record for the most ravioli made in two minutes.
In this cookbook, Contaldo highlights easy Italian dishes that require little in the way of elaborate preparation. You’ll discover all sorts of delightful Italian recipes like smoked salmon carbonara, quick fish soup, anchovy-infused lamb cutlets, steaks in a herb-infused tomato sauce, and squid with olives.
The recipes are beautifully photographed (although it would have been nice to have more pictures, as many of the recipes do not have accompanying images) and it is evident that the meals are designed with modern, time-strapped people in mind. Ingredients listed are generally minimal and most of the dishes look like they can be prepared by anyone, from beginners to seasoned cooks.
So if you’re after a range of wholesome Italian dishes to complement your existing stable, you’ll love Contaldo’s easy-peasy, fuss-free recipes. – Abirami Durai
Oh She Glows Every Day
Author: Angela Liddon
Following the success of her New York Times bestselling The Oh She Glows Cookbook, food blogger Angela Liddon returns with more plant-based treats for her fans.
This new cookbook contains 100 new recipes that are all vegan and predominantly soy-free, gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free. In other words, it caters for every conceivable allergy and dietary restriction imaginable.
The recipes are imaginative interpretations of classic favourites – you’ll find recipes for a stuffed avocado salad, mac and peas (with a cheese-less sauce), fresh cherry tomato salsa, golden French lentil stew and the ultimate flourless brownies.
In many ways, Liddon herself is the perfect advertisement for a plant-based diet – she looks golden and glowing and just radiates good health, which might be the kick in the butt you need to actually try these recipes. Because while many of them look appealing, it is difficult to shake off the idea that they are but poor copycats of the real deal.
But if you’re looking to seriously improve your diet and commit to a drastic lifestyle overhaul, Liddon’s inventive recipes (roasted garlic and sun-dried tomato hummus, anyone?) will strike a chord. – AD
The How Not To Die Cookbook
Authors: Michael Greger, Gene Stone & Robin Robertson
TO be perfectly honest, I wasn’t all that excited when I first saw this book. After all, who wants to read a cookbook that has the word “die” in the title? But as it turns out, while the title may sound ominous, the book is actually a very sensible approach to extending life spans and reversing diseases.
Written by physician Micheal Greger (the author of the bestselling How Not To Die book), with recipes by vegan cookbook author Robin Robertson, the book does an incredible job of drumming in the importance of a plant-based diet in the introductory pages, with comprehensive information from studies, reports and journals thrown in for good measure. – AD [...]
Families should reduce exposure to synthetic chemicals found in food colourings, preservatives and packaging materials as a growing body of research shows that they may harm children’s health, according to a policy statement and technical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released online recently.
The statement also suggests improvements to the food additives regulatory system, including updating the scientific foundation of the US Food and Drug Adminis-tration’s (FDA) safety assessment programme and retesting all previously approved chemicals.
Dr Leonardo Trasande is an associate professor of paediatrics, environmental medicine and population health at NYU School of Medicine. As an AAP Council on Environmental Health member and lead author of the policy statement, he tells us more about these concerns.
What are the growing number of studies showing us?
Over the past two decades, an accumulating body of science suggests some food additives can interfere with a child’s hormones, growth and development. In 2015, the Endocrine Society released a scientific statement about endocrine-disrupting chemicals that reviewed over 1,300 studies. The statement raised concerns that these chemicals disrupt hormones and cause disease.
Potentially harmful effects of food additives are of special concern for children because they are more sensitive to chemical exposures as they eat and drink more, relative to body weight, than adults do, and are still growing and developing. An early injury to their organ systems can have lifelong and permanent consequences.
What additives does the statement highlight?
Some additives are put directly in foods, while “indirect” additives may include chemicals from plastic, glues, dyes, paper, cardboard, and different types of coatings used for processing and packaging. The additives of most concern, based on rising research evidence cited in the report, include:
BPA is now banned in baby bottles and sippy cups. Photo: Filepic
• Bisphenols, such as BPA, used to harden plastic containers and line metal cans, which can act like oestrogen in the body and potentially change the timing of puberty, decrease fertility, increase body fat, and affect the nervous and immune systems. BPA is now banned in baby bottles and sippy cups.
• Phthalates, which makes plastic and vinyl tubes used in industrial food production flexible, may affect male genital development, increase childhood obesity, and contribute to cardiovascular disease. In 2017, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of some phthalates in child-care products such as teething rings.
• Perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFCs), used in grease-proof paper and cardboard food packaging, may reduce immunity, birth weight and fertility. Research also shows PFCs may affect the thyroid system, key to metabolism, digestion, muscle control, brain development and bone strength.
• Perchlorate, added to some dry food packaging to control static electricity, is known to disrupt thyroid function, early life brain development and growth.
• Artificial food colours, common in children’s food products, may be associated with worsened attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Studies cited in the report found a significant number of children who cut synthetic food colourings from their diets showed decreased ADHD symptoms.
• Nitrates/nitrites are used to preserve food and enhance colour, especially in cured and processed meats. These chemicals can interfere with thyroid hormone production and the blood’s ability to deliver oxygen in the body. Nitrates and nitrites have also been linked with gastrointestinal and nervous system cancers.
Why are some additives like artificial colours banned in some countries, but not in others?
In regards to chemicals found in our food, the laws originally put in place were thought to be enough to protect our health. Since then, science has suggested that the current framework does not work to protect us adequately.
The US allows the use of more than 10,000 additives to preserve, package, or modify the taste, appearance, texture or nutrients in foods. Many were grandfathered in for approval during the 1950s, and roughly 1,000 additives are used under a “Generally Recognised as Safe” designation process that doesn’t require FDA approval.
In the report, we urge a number of steps that can be taken such as more regulation on the side of the FDA. Some would require changes to the laws, while others can be done by the FDA.
In meantime, what does the AAP recommend?
There are safe and simple steps that families can take to reduce exposure. Studies show a substantial decrease in exposure can make a difference. These steps include:
• Buying and serving more fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, and fewer processed meats – especially during pregnancy.
• Since heat can cause plastics to leak BPA and phthalates into food, avoid microwaving food or beverages, including infant formula and pumped human milk, in plastic when possible. Also try to avoid putting plastics in the dishwasher.
• Use alternatives to plastic, such as glass or stainless steel, when possible.
• Avoid plastics with recycling codes 3 (phthalates), 6 (styrene), and 7 (bisphenols) unless they are labeled as “biobased” or “greenware”.
• Washing hands thoroughly before and after touching food, and cleaning all fruits and vegetables that cannot be peeled.
Families can also show their concern by not buying certain products and asking manufacturers to make changes. Often, we hear from industry about the costs of safer alternatives, but the benefits of prevention may be even greater, as we recognised in a study back in 2014 examining the tradeoffs of removing BPA from aluminium cans. – The Philadelphia Inquirer/Tribune News Service [...]
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PETALING JAYA: It will take some time for Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to recover, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. [...]
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad gives a press conference at Menara Yayasan Selangor in Petaling Jaya August 10, 2018. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
PETALING JAYA, Aug 11 — The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government will reopen the Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang, North Korea, but has yet to decide on a date, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said.Speaking to reporters last night, the prime minister said the matter was not discussed in the Cabinet meeting yesterday.“We didn’t discuss about North Korea (in the Cabinet meeting).“But it is our policy to try to open our embassy there. We have not decided when,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders at the party’s headquarters here.Malaysia had withdrawn its envoys and shut down the embassy, following the high-profile assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport last February.The Malaysian embassy in Pyongyang is reported to have not been staffed since April 2017. [...]
SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla Inc and Chief Executive Elon Musk were sued on Friday by an investor who said they defrauded shareholders in a scheme to manipulate the electric car company's stock price, starting with Musk's Aug. 7 tweet that he might take Tesla private. [...]
Chow Kon Yeow (right) with SRS Consortium project manager Julian Yap look at the EIA report for the LRT project in George Town July 21, 2017. — Picture by Opalyn Mok
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — Putrajaya will approve Penang’s proposed RM8.4 billion Bayan Lepas light rail transit (LRT) and Penang South Reclamation (PSR) scheme by the end of the year.The Star reported that the federal bodies approving the two projects are the Department of Environment and Transport Ministry, and its sources say the reclamation project for the three man-made islands will start early next year if everything falls into place.The LRT, which is expected to begin construction in January 2020, is part of the state government’s RM46 billion Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) together with a monorail, cable car and water taxis.It will start from Komtar, pass through Jelutong, Gelugor, Bayan Lepas and the Penang International Airport before stopping at the proposed PSR development. which comprises three man-made islands with a total landmass of 1,800 hectares near Teluk Kumbar.In total, there will be 27 stations along the route. The development also takes into consideration interchanges with other future transportation projects, such as Sky Cab and monorail lines that are still in the works.It will also cross the channel, connecting Gelugor on the Penang Island to Butterworth’s Penang Sentral transport hub on the mainland.Project delivery partner SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd will call for a tender next year through a Request for Proposal Exercise.Sources told the English daily that there are around six or seven companies interested in the transportation project and reclamation work.It is understood that Scomi Engineering has also proposed a RM6 billion monorail project to the state government, while an unnamed China-based company has proposed the construction of a LRT link costing less than RM6 billion.SRS Consortium Sdn Bhd is a joint venture involving Gamuda Bhd (60 per cent), Loh Phoy Yen Holdings Sdn Bhd (20 per cent) and Ideal Property Development Sdn Bhd (20 per cent), was appointed by the Penang state government to oversee the project as project delivery partner. [...]
Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad cabar kontinjen negara yang akan beraksi di Temasya Sukan Asia Palembang Jakarta 2018 agar memperbaiki pencapaian empat tahun lalu di Korea Selatan.
Dalam amanatnya pada Majlis Penyerahan Jalur Gemilang pagi tadi juga, beliau berharap agar Malaysia dapat menamatkan cabaran dalam kedudukan 10 negara terbaik. [...]
A chambray shirt cuts the line between formal and casual, from a Japanese selvedge work shirt to a slim-fitting dress shirt. It's an underused weapon in the modern man's wardrobe arsenal - find out why right here. [...]
If you consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner, don’t be surprised if she asks you a hundred and one questions about the state of your digestive system—no matter what brought you into her office! Regardless of where your ailments manifest, Ayurveda places incredible emphasis on the state of digestion, also known as agni. According to the...
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