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Man in Malaysia fined $230 for having 153kg cow carcass
JOHOR BARU - A 31-year-old man was fined RM700 (S$230) for having a 153kg of cow carcass without a tag, health information, and approval from the state Department of Veterinary Services (JPV). The accused, Mohd Zairi Awang Hamat, committed the offence at Jalan Pandan Ria Utama, Pandan Wholesale Market, here. According to the charge, the carcass was also believed to have been butchered outside an approved or licensed slaughterhouse. [...]
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Medical News Today: Plastic pollution harms oxygen-producing bacteria
New research finds that plastic pollution not only harms fish but also damages species of bacteria that produce the oxygen we breathe. [...]
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Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd De Ligt update, Hazard wants Chelsea exit, Liverpool deals
TRANSFER NEWS LIVE updates - follow the latest news and gossip as Manchester United launch a £70m summer bid, Chelsea consider selling Eden Hazard and Liverpool come under pressure from Real Madrid for one of their star men. [...]
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Disaster bill with US$19 bil slowed as lone GOP lawmaker balks
WASHINGTON (May 24): A single Republican House member temporarily blocked fast-track passage Friday of a US$19 billion disaster-aid plan, likely meaning lawmakers will vote when... [...]
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Index at support level
Daily FBM KLCI chart as at May 24, 2019 The market was directionless in a short trading week last week. The FBM KLCI has been directionless in the past two weeks. The market stayed on the sidelines as corporate earnings for the first quarter this year are starting to flow in and so far, there is not much excitement. The FBM KLCI fell only 0.1 per cent in a week to 1,603.24 last Friday. The holiday mood was on last week and this can be seen in declining trading volume. The average daily trading volume has declined to 2.1 billion shares last week from 2.5 billion shares the week before. The average daily fell to RM1.8 billion from RM2.3 billion. This indicates more lower-capped stocks were being traded. The market continued to be supported by local institutions as foreign institutions continued to sell. In just three trading days, net sell from foreign institutions was RM 382.6 million. Net buys from local institutions and retail were RM329.7 million and RM52.9 million respectively. More stocks in the FBM KLCI continued to fall last week. Decliners out-paced gainers 17 to 12. The top three gainers were Westports Holdings Bhd (3.1 per cent in a week to RM3.66), Top Glove Corporation Bhd (1.2 per cent to RM5) and IOI Corporation Bhd (1.2 per cent to RM4.26). The top three decliners were Genting Bhd (3.4 per cent to RM6.28), Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (3.2 per cent to RM7) and IHH Healthcare Bhd (2.8 per cent to RM5.31). Global markets performances were generally bearish across the board last week. Prices of commodities were also weak. US dollar has weakened against major currencies. The US dollar Index declined to 97.6 points from 98 points in the previous week. The Malaysian ringgit slightly weakened to RM4.19 per US dollar as compared to RM4.18 per dollar in the previous week. The ringgit is at the weakest against the greenback since December 2018 Crude oil fell while gold slightly rebounded. Crude oil (Brent) fell four per cent in a week to US$69.26 a barrel last Friday. COMEX gold futures increased 0.5 per cent to US$1,284.30 an ounce. Crude palm oil (BMD) failed to rally after a rebound two weeks ago and declined 3.9 per cent in a week to RM2,014 per metric tonne. The market failed to rebound last week as bearish global market performance dampened market sentiment. It seems that the FBM KLCI is being supported to stay above 1,600 points. Immediate resistance is at 1,618 points. The market trend is bearish as the FBM KLCI remained below both the short-term and long-term 30- and 200-day moving averages. Furthermore, the index is below the Ichimoku Cloud indicator and the Cloud is moving downwards. The bearish trend momentum remained weak as the index was directionless. The RSI and Momentum Oscillator is increasing but below their mid-levels. However, the MACD indicator remained bearish below its moving average but is seen converging. The market failed to rebound as expected last week. However, the FBM KLCI is still being supported at 1,600 points and if it can stay above this level, the index may rebound to the immediate resistance level at 1,618.0 points and possibly to the next resistance level at 1,630 points. However, if the index fails to stay above 1,600 points, then it may decline to the next support level at 1,570 points. The above commentary is solely used for educational purposes and is the contributor’s point of view using technical al analysis. The commentary should not be construed as investment advice or any form of recommendation. Should you need investment advice, please consult a licensed investment advisor. Global markets indices and commodities performances as at May 24: Facebook 2 Messenger Twitter 8317 WhatsApp Email Print The post Index at support level appeared first on Borneo Post Online. [...]
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Australia's Smith blocks out jeers and warns of more runs to come
LONDON (Reuters) - Chants of "cheat" accompanied Steve Smith as he came out to bat against England on Saturday but the Australia batsman was unfazed by the hostile reception and says he is focused firmly on maintaining his form ahead of the Cricket World Cup. [...]
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How Trump’s assault on Huawei forces world to contemplate digital iron curtain
Recent US trade moves against China are not short-term negotiating tactics from Trump, they are opening salvos in a new tech cold war. Many now think the real issue is whether China has the right to develop its own, home-grown hi-tech industry [...]
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Umno-PAS cooperation won’t last, says Husam
A woman walks past Umno, Barisan Nasional and PAS flags in Pekan Kuala Sawah, Rantau April 10, 2019. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa PASIR MAS, May 26 — Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) has questioned whether the cooperation between PAS and Umno through the joint charter that expected to be signed after Hari Raya Aidilfitri was to seek political power only.“We are waiting for the announcement of the joint charter before making any more comment,” said its vice-president Datuk Husam Musa.However, he believed the PAS and Umno cooperation would not last long enough to form a strong opposition force against the Pakatan Harapan.“It does not mean that the charter (when signed) will strengthen the relationship between the two parties although the idea is good,” he said after attending the breaking of fast and aid distribution to asnaf from Rantau Panjang at LLY Loyalty Logistics Sdn Bhd, Rantau Panjang, here, last night.On the LLY Loyalty Logistics factory, Husam described it as a new development to bolster the Kelantan economy as the factory would serve as a warehouse to store import and export goods.“It can encourage maritime trade between Kelantan and the neighbouring countries and facilitate importers and exporters who have yet to obtain approval from the Royal Malaysian Customs Department to do so,” he said. — Bernama [...]
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Engineers are making a personal heating/cooling system you can wear
Researchers are developing new tech that could one day see us all wearing personalised heating and cooling systems. [...]
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China's robot censors crank up as Tiananmen anniversary nears
Giant balloons in the shape of a Chinese military tank and Tank Man are placed at the Liberty Square, ahead of June 4 anniversary of the military crackdown in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, in Taipei, Taiwan, May 21, 2019. — Reuters pic BEIJING, May 26 — It's the most sensitive day of the year for China's internet, the anniversary of the bloody June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, and with under two weeks to go, China's robot censors are working overtime.Censors at Chinese internet companies say tools to detect and block content related to the 1989 crackdown have reached unprecedented levels of accuracy, aided by machine learning and voice and image recognition.“We sometimes say that the artificial intelligence is a scalpel, and a human is a machete,” said one content screening employee at Beijing Bytedance Co Ltd, who asked not to be identified because they are not authorised to speak to media.Two employees at the firm said censorship of the Tiananmen crackdown, along with other highly sensitive issues including Taiwan and Tibet, is now largely automated.Posts that allude to dates, images and names associated with the protests are automatically rejected.“When I first began this kind of work four years ago there was opportunity to remove the images of Tiananmen, but now the artificial intelligence is very accurate,” one of the people said. Four censors, working across Bytedance, Weibo Corp and Baidu Inc apps said they censor between 5,000-10,000 pieces of information a day, or five to seven pieces a minute, most of which they said were pornographic or violent content.Despite advances in AI censorship, current-day tourist snaps in the square are sometimes unintentionally blocked, one of the censors said.Bytedance declined to comment, while Weibo and Baidu did not respond to requests for comment.Sensitive periodThe Tiananmen crackdown is a taboo subject in China 30 years after the government sent tanks to quell student-led protests calling for democratic reforms. Beijing has never released a death toll but estimates from human rights groups and witnesses range from several hundred to several thousand.June 4th itself is marked by a cat-and-mouse game as people use more and more obscure references on social media sites, with obvious allusions blocked immediately. In some years, even the word “today” has been scrubbed.In 2012, China's most-watched stock index fell 64.89 points on the anniversary day, echoing the date of the original event in what analysts said was likely a strange coincidence rather than a deliberate reference.Still, censors blocked access to the term “Shanghai stock market” and to the index numbers themselves on microblogs, along with other obscure references to sensitive issues.While companies censorship tools are becoming more refined, analysts, academics and users say heavy-handed policies mean sensitive periods before anniversaries and political events have become catch-alls for a wide range of sensitive content.In the lead-up to this year's Tiananmen Square anniversary, censorship on social media has targeted LGBT groups, labour and environment activists and NGOs, they say.Upgrades to censorship tech have been urged on by new policies introduced by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The group was set up — and officially led — by President Xi Jinping, whose tenure has been defined by increasingly strict ideological control of the internet.The CAC did not respond to a request for comment.Last November, the CAC introduced new rules aimed at quashing dissent online in China, where “falsifying the history of the Communist Party” on the internet is a punishable offence for both platforms and individuals.The new rules require assessment reports and site visits for any internet platform that could be used to “socially mobilise” or lead to “major changes in public opinion,” including access to real names, network addresses, times of use, chat logs and call logs.One official who works for CAC told Reuters the recent boost in online censorship is “very likely” linked to the upcoming anniversary.“There is constant communication with the companies during this time,” said the official, who declined to directly talk about the Tiananmen, instead referring to the “the sensitive period in June.”Companies, which are largely responsible for their own censorship, receive little in the way of directives from the CAC, but are responsible for creating guidelines in their own “internal ethical and party units,” the official said.Secret factsWith Xi's tightening grip on the internet, the flow of information has been centralised under the Communist Party’s Propaganda Department and state media network. Censors and company staff say this reduces the pressure of censoring some events, including major political news, natural disasters and diplomatic visits.“When it comes to news, the rule is simple... If it is not from state media first, it is not authorised, especially regarding the leaders and political items,” said one Baidu staffer.“We have a basic list of keywords which include the 1989 details, but (AI) can more easily select those.”Punishment for failing to properly censor content can be severe.In the past six weeks, popular services including a Netease Inc news app, Tencent Holdings Ltd's news app TianTian, and Sina Corp have all been hit with suspensions ranging from days to weeks, according to the CAC, meaning services are made temporarily unavailable on apps stores and online.For internet users and activists, penalties can range from fines to jail time for spreading information about sensitive events online.In China, social media accounts are linked to real names and national ID numbers by law, and companies are legally compelled to offer user information to authorities when requested.“It has become normal to know things and also understand that they can't be shared,” said one user, An [...]
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10 landmark buildings that were destroyed, then rebuilt
Before Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, engulfed in flames recently, several heritage sites around the world have been either completely or partially destroyed by fires. From bombed cathedrals to historic opera houses that went up in flames, here are examples of landmark buildings that were destroyed and then rebuilt, as is planned for the Notre-Dame Cathedral. York Minster On July 9, 1984, a fire believed to have been triggered by a lightning strike caused severe damage to Britain’s imposing York Minster. The massive blaze destroyed the roof of the south transept of the Gothic cathedral, which was completed in the 15th century. The intense heat cracked its magnificent 16th-century stained glass Rose Window into tens of thousands of pieces but it was able to be painstakingly repaired. Restoration work on the minster was completed in 1988 at a cost of £2.25mil (around RM12mil today). Brazil’s National Museum On Sept 2, 2018, Brazil’s National Museum, located north of Rio de Janeiro, was ravaged by a massive fire. Latin America’s largest natural history and anthropology museum held more than 20 million artefacts and 530,000 titles. The museum was particularly reputed for the richness of its paleontology department with more than 26,000 fossils, including a dinosaur skeleton discovered in Brazil’s central Minas Gerais. Some of the specimen of species that disappeared in the blaze included giant sloths and sabre-toothed tigers. Venice opera house In 1996, Venice’s celebrated opera house La Fenice was gutted by fire. With its near-perfect acoustics, La Fenice, opened in 1792, was one of the most beautiful opera houses in the world and one of the most famous in the history of opera. Two electricians were sentenced between six and seven years in prison on negligence charges. The opera house reopened in 2004. Barcelona opera house In 1994, the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the world-famous opera house in Barcelona, was destroyed by fire. One of Spain’s cultural jewels, the 150-year-old theatre was gutted in a blaze in which only the foyer and the horseshoe arch over the auditorium were left standing. It reopened in 1999, its Italianate interior – with brilliant colours, sweeping balconies and gilded plaster-work – was recreated almost exactly to the original. Windsor Castle. Photo: AFP Windsor Castle A major fire at Windsor Castle, west of London, on Nov 20, 1992, destroyed the north-eastern part of the royal site, the queen’s weekend residence. Nine of the rooms were left unrecognisable by the fire, which started in the former Chapel Royal when a lighting projector too close to a curtain started the blaze during routine maintenance work. It took 250 firefighters working 15 hours and pumping more than 6.5 million litres of water to bring the blaze under control. Windsor Castle reopened to the public in 1997 after five years of restoration. Bosnia’s National Library Bosnia’s 19th century National Library was destroyed in the war-time siege of the city of Sarajevo, overnight on Aug 25 and 26, 1992. It had housed some two million books, old scripts, photographs and transcripts before it was shelled by Serb forces who kept Sarajevo under a three-and-a-half-year-long siege. Only some 10% of its resources were saved from the resulting fire. Reconstruction works, part-financed by the European Union, began in 1996 and the new library was inaugurated in 2014. Notre-Dame of Reims In September 1914, the gothic cathedral in the French city Reims was struck by intense World War I German bombardment, sparking a massive blaze. With towers rising 81m high, the Notre-Dame (Our Lady) of Reims – where French kings were once crowned – had already been devastated by fire in 1481. In 1919 the French state undertook reconstruction, supported by private patrons, notably the Rockefeller family. It re-opened in 1938 with the previous oak framework replaced by a lighter, fire-proof frame and new stained glass windows designed by Marc Chagall and Imi Knoebel. Dresden cathedral In February 1945, the 18th-century Frauenkirche in the German city of Dresden collapsed under Allied bombing at the height of World War II. For nearly a half-century the heap of ruins remained untouched. It was only in 1994 that a project began to rebuild Germany’s largest church. The “Call from Dresden” launched in 1990 collected 180 million euros for the work, with the 600,000 donors ranging from individuals to German and foreign businesses. The baroque masterpiece was reconstructed faithfully and included 8,400 stones from the original building. It re-opened in 2005. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, Russia. Photo: Reuters Moscow’s Christ the Saviour This cathedral in the heart of Moscow was built in 1839 as a monument to the victory of Russian forces over Napoleon. Stalin had it dynamited in 1934 to make way for a Palace of the Soviets but the project was dropped and a giant open-air swimming pool built instead. The Moscow Pool shut in 1993 and work began two years later on a replica of the original Russian Orthodox cathedral based on the original plans. The new Cathedral of Christ the Saviour opened in 2000. Geneva’s Grand Theatre In 1951, the Grand Theatre of Geneva in Switzerland, built in the 19th century, was devastated in a fire that began during the preparation for a performance of Richard Wagner’s The Valkyrie. The theatre reopened in 1962. – AFP [...]
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Strengthening your immune system to prevent the flu
How many sick days have you taken this year? When your body is weak, it can affect your daily life in many ways. You are more prone to infections and illnesses, and often fall sick – at times missing out on important days. Basically, how strong or weak your body is depends solely on the state of your immune system. It is the body’s first line of defence, composed of billions of white blood cells that constantly patrol the body to identify, engulf and destroy pathogens (any organism capable of causing disease, e.g. bacteria, viruses and fungi). Every day you inhale millions of germs that are floating in the air, excluding the millions more already in your body. If your immune system is strong, it deals with them without a problem. Occasionally, however, a germ or virus gets past the immune system and you will fall sick. If you have been feeling under the weather lately, it could be due to nutritional deficiencies, poor lifestyle habits and/or exposure to unhealthy environments full of toxins and pollutants. All this can lead to poor immune health, which ultimately results in succumbing to diseases such as the flu. What is the flu? The flu is a type of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI). This is a contagious infection in the upper respiratory tract that includes the nose, throat, pharynx, larynx and bronchi. All types of flu are caused by influenza viruses that are easily transmitted, hence boosting the immune system is the key to fighting this infectious disease. Common indications of the flu include: • Runny nose or nasal congestion • Sore throat • Sneezing • Coughing • Headache • Fever • Fatigue • Painful joints and/or body aches Having a runny nose, sneezing and coughing can be irritating as you’re constantly reaching for a tissue, while sore throats, nasal congestion and headaches can end up being quite painful. Worst of all, high fever, fatigue, as well as painful joints and aches all over, can weaken your body and prevent you from going to work or school. If you have any of these symptoms, immediately seek medical attention and take precautions to avoid spreading the infection. Those who are most at risk of catching the flu include: • Children • Adults over the age of 50 • Those who work in stressful environments • Frequent travellers, especially by air and rail • Teachers and students in crowded school environments • Medical professionals and patients in hospitals and clinics • People who frequently fall sick • Anyone with poor dietary habits Exercising regularly, as seen in this filepic, is a good way to boost your immune system, reduce stress and get better sleep – all of which help to prevent the flu. Protecting against infection There are many simple ways to strengthen the immune system to protect against germs, infections and illnesses. • Practise good hygiene Wash your hands with the right techniques and be sure to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Wear a facemask if you are sick. • Sleep well It is imperative that your body gets sufficient rest in order to be strong and recover fast from fatigue and sickness. Lack of sleep increases stress levels and reduces the body’s immunity. Try to get around seven to eight hours of quality sleep every night. • Exercise regularly Just 30 minutes a day at least five times a week can help to strengthen the body and reduce stress, which in turn boosts the immune system. The positive effect of exercise on your mood can also lower stress levels. You can expect to sleep better at night as well. • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables Aim for as many varieties as possible in all colours. A balanced diet will help ensure you obtain a good mix of vitamins and minerals. Food rich in antioxidants support the immune system too. • Drink lots of water Staying hydrated is essential to support proper function of the body’s immune system. It also helps to flush out toxins that can make you sick. Reducing your alcohol intake is equally important. • Supplement your diet with immune-boosting nutrients There are many supplements on the market said to be good for the immune system, such as vitamin C, garlic, fish oil, cod liver oil, echinacea, zinc and whole glucan particle (WGP) beta glucan. Practising good hygiene habits like washing your hands with soap and water, as seen in this filepic, will help decrease the transmission of germs from one person to another. Optimising the immune system WGP beta glucan is derived from the cell walls of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae). Research shows that it stimulates the body’s immune cells to attack, ingest and destroy the pathogens that cause diseases. Our immune cells consist of macrophages, neutrophils and natural killer cells, which work together to defend our body against pathogens. WGP beta glucan has the ability to speed up the body’s immune response by stimulating neutrophils, which can then immediately move to the site of infection. It also increases the killing capa-city of macrophages and natural killer cells, which means they can now destroy even more foreign particles or cancer cells. Similarly increased is the communication between immune cells, alerting them that foreign intruders or cancer cells are present so that they can fight the invasion. WGP beta glucan also stimulates the production of antibodies, which help the other immune cells identify foreign cells to kill them. In addition, it helps protect against harmful free radical dama-ge to the body’s cells, tissues and organs. Those recommended to take the supplement are senior citizens whose immune systems might be slowing down due to age, those who work out intensively and those who are chronically stressed. In a 2008 study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, University of Montana researchers in the United States found that their local wildland firefighters – who combat wildfires and prevent new ones f [...]
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Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd make HUGE De Ligt move, Hazard Chelsea update, Liverpool fear
TRANSFER NEWS LIVE updates - follow the latest news and gossip as Manchester United launch a £70m summer bid, Chelsea consider selling Eden Hazard and Liverpool come under pressure from Real Madrid for one of their star men. [...]
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One of two missing fishermen found drowned near Pontian
JOHOR BARU, May 26 — The search and rescue (SAR) operation team today found a body believed to be one of two fishermen who were reported missing in the waters off Pulau Pisang, near Pontian, on Thursday.Johor MMEA director First Admiral Aminuddin Abdul Rashid said the body was found floating in the waters off Tanjung Laboh, Batu Pahat, at 8.15am.“The body was found by the SAR team from Batu Pahat Maritime zone at 23.5 nautical miles northwest from the location of the missing victims,” Aminuddin said in a statement here today.He said the process of identification of the body would be carried out by the victim’s family members.On Thursday, fishermen Mohd Yusni Mohd Yusof, 43, and his cousin, Mohd Khair Ismail, 38, went to the sea to catch fish but failed to return home.Worried, their families lodged a police report on the following day, and the SAR operations were mobilised involving the MMEA, the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM), the Fire and Rescue Department, the Marine Police Force and local fishermen. — Bernama [...]
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Dr M: Govt committed to strengthening Malaysia-China ties
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The new Malaysian government that came to power in May last year is committed to strengthening Malaysia-China relations with even closer and more meaningful co-operation, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. [...]
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Stolen NSA hacking tool now victimizing US cities, report says     – CNET
The EternalBlue hacking exploit, already used in the infamous WannaCry and NotPetya attacks, has now surfaced in the NSA's own backyard, says The New York Times. [...]
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