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North Sulawesi gold mine landslide death toll rises to 16
JAKARTA – The death toll due to the landslide at an unlicensed gold mine in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province on Feb 26, has risen to 16 today. According to Indonesia’s National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB), the search and rescue operations to find the trapped miners would continue for the next three days. BNPB head of data information and public relations centre Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said 34 miners had been rescued so far. The wooden structure in the illegal gold mine in the Bolaang Mongondow district, which was reported to have been operational over the past two years, collapsed following a landslide which occurred at 9 pm on Feb 26, causing over 60 miners to be trapped or buried alive. “To date, the actual number of victims still trapped remains unknown. The operation will continue for another three days,” he said in a statement here. Bolaang Mongondow is among districts in North Sulawesi rich in mineral resources such as gold, iron ore, copper and sulphur. According to local media reports, the authorities have closed the area, but local residents continue to trespass into the area, especially at night, to carry out gold mining activities. — BERNAMA  The post North Sulawesi gold mine landslide death toll rises to 16 appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Wall Street rises as trade optimism counters weak data
NEW YORK: The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average snapped a three-day run of losses on Friday as optimism about the prospects for a U.S.-China trade agreement countered downbeat U.S. and China manufacturing data. [...]
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Heat rises in Semenyih
PH is chasing after Opposition Barisan Nasional, which has worked hard to sway Malay voters losing patience with the government. — Picture by Hari Anggara SEMENYIH, Feb 26 — The temperature is rising in Semenyih as Pakatan Harapan (PH) steps up its campaign to regain lost ground before polling on Saturday.Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shaari will share the stage with PH candidate Muhamad Aiman Zainali tonight, PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim tomorrow night, and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Thursday night.PH is chasing after Opposition Barisan Nasional (BN), which has worked with PAS to gain ground among Malay voters losing patience with the PH government.Both sides are chasing Malay voters in the 13 villages here who adore Malay leaders but are exposed to the national political intrigue.BN and PAS, whose grassroots leaders are on the ground, know the issues to play up to win the voters’ hearts and minds. They are quick to capitalise on the dissent, putting them ahead of the ruling PH coalition.PH, which put up a young engineer from Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), has been able to penetrate the Malay areas but not to the level of ensuring victory.Bersatu, without its own election machinery, is banking on Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) that does, but they started too late and are too slow.Having failed to address issues raised by BN and PAS, the ruling coalition is now stepping up its campaign by bringing in heavyweights who may be able to turn the tide.PH’s new Malaysia agenda does not seem to be gaining traction among the 36,857 Malay voters of the 54,503 total, and its failure to fulfill last year’s general election pledges puts BN ahead.Added to PASs 7,000-odd followers, BN may just scrape through and defeat the defending PH as the ruling coalition’s fixed deposits comprising Chinese and Indians is just 17,000 voters, not enough to surpass the 50 per cent mark.The last 11 days of campaigning saw the BN and PAS election machinery working shoulder to shoulder to target the Malay areas as both know the ground; Chinese and Indian voters will not vote for Malay-Islam based parties.With three days to go and much ground to cover, PH is banking on Dr Mahathir’s charismatic leadership and Anwar’s oratory skill to attract the Malay voters who may still be undecided.Whatever the odds, both sides are pushing hard until midnight Friday as much is at stake. A PH loss signals waning credibility among the Malays while a BN defeat means losing its momentum to rejuvenate.The result will also affect the next by-election in Rantau, Negri Sembilan. [...]
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Nestle M'sia FY18 net profit rises 2.5% to RM658.88mil
KUALA LUMPUR: Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd's net profit for financial year ended Dec 31, 2018, came in 2.54% higher than in the previous year at RM658.88mil as turnover grew 4.9% to RM5.52bil. [...]
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Oil price rises over 2% to 2019 highs on tightening supplies
NEW YORK: Oil prices rose more than 2 percent to their highest this year on Friday after an outage at Saudi Arabia's offshore oilfield boosted expectations for tightening supply, while progressing U.S.-Sino trade talks strengthened demand sentiment. [...]
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Pump price for RON95, RON97 rises one sen, diesel unchanged
A woman pumps fuel into her car at a petrol station in Puchong Permai December 27, 2018. — Picture by Miera Zulyana KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Petroleum retail prices for RON95 and RON97 increased by one sen per litre while the price for diesel remained at RM2.18 per litre effective at midnight tonight until February 22.According to a statement from the Finance Ministry today, the retail price for RON97 rose to RM2.28 per litre compared with RM2.27 per litre previously while RON95 rose to RM1.98 per litre from RM1.97 per litre.“Prices of petroleum products processed in the world market had increased compared to the previous week, that is, from US$62 per barrel to US$63 for RON95 petrol and from US$73 per barrel to US$74 per barrel for diesel. For diesel products, the rise in the market price should cause the retail price under the Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) formula to increase one sen per litre to RM2.20 per litre.“However, in line with the pledge of the Pakatan Harapan federal government to stabilise the retail diesel price at RM2.18 per litre if the price exceeded the level, the retail price for diesel for the period February 16 to 22. 2019 is maintained at RM2.18 per litre,” the statement added. — Bernama [...]
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Retail price for RON95 and RON97 rises one sen, diesel unchanged
Petroleum retail prices for RON95 and RON97 increased by one sen per litre while the price for diesel remained at RM2.18 per litre effective at midnight tonight until Feb 22. According to a statement from the Finance Ministry today, the retail price for RON97 rose to RM2.28 per litre compared with RM2.27 per litre previously while  RON95 rose to RM1.98 per litre from RM1.97 per litre. “Prices of petroleum products processed in the world market had increased compard to the previous week, that is, from US$62 per barrel to US$63 for RON95 petrol and from US$73 per barrel to US$74 per barrel for diesel.  For diesel products, the rise in the market price should cause the retail price under the Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) formula to increase one sen per litre to RM2.20 per litre. “However, in line with the pledge of the Pakatan Harapan Federal Government to stabilise the retail diesel price at RM2.18 per litre if the price exceeded the level, the retail price for diesel for the period Feb 16 to 22. 2019 is maintained at RM2.18 per litre,” the statement added. — BERNAMA The post Retail price for RON95 and RON97 rises one sen, diesel unchanged appeared first on The Malaysian Reserve. [...]
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Bukit Mertajam factory collapse death toll rises to three
Fire and Rescue personnel are seen at the scene of a factory collapse in Bukit Mertajam February 15, 2019. — Bernama pic BUKIT MERTAJAM, Feb 15 — A Myanmar national, who was reported to be seriously hurt when several pillars and roof frame of a factory building under construction here collapsed today, died while receiving treatment at the Seberang Jaya Hospital.Amir Udin Abol Kasim, 20, was confirmed dead at 6.20pm, said Seberang Perai Tengah District Police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid today.This brings the death toll to three, after two others died at the scene of the incident at Lorong Perusahaan Maju 8 here at 4.40pm.The two were P. Kumar, 46, and crane driver Rofi Khan, 32 of Myanmar.“Investigations thus far showed that the crane, driven by Rofi, accidentally hit one of the pillars, which then crashed into other pillars, causing the roof to collapse on the victim and four others,” said Nik Ros Azhan. — Bernama [...]
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Thailand ends lower; Vietnam rises most in over two months
BENGALURU: Thai stocks closed lower on Monday, falling most in the Southeast Asia region amid political turmoil in the country, while Vietnam markets surged as trade resumed after a week-long holiday. [...]
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Man City vs Chelsea: Maurizio Sarri takes responsibility as pressure rises following humiliating loss to dent top four hopes
The Blues dropped to sixth in the table behind Arsenal and Manchester United in the hunt for Champions League football next season [...]
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Sterling rises above $1.3 on bets no-deal Brexit can be averted
LONDON: Sterling rose above $1.3 on Wednesday on signs that British lawmakers will move to prevent a disorderly no-deal exit from the European Union. [...]
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Elderly woman succumbs to rabies in Sarawak, death toll rises to 16
KUCHING (Bernama): An elderly woman from Kampung Sungai Du'uh, Serian, who was infected with rabies, has died. [...]
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Oil rises on China-US talks, gains capped by US fuel build
NEW YORK: Oil rose nearly 2 percent on Friday after proposed trade talks between the United States and China eased some fears about a global economic slowdown, but gains were capped after the United States reported a sharp build in refined product inventories. [...]
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Diabetes Risk Rises When You Skip Breakfast
If you occasionally overlook breakfast, you might want to rethink your morning schedule to reduce your risk for diabetes. Tags Diabetes & Blood Sugar Levels [...]
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A new champion rises, but can PPBM avoid Umno’s pitfalls?
PPBM’s president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attend the party’s second annual general meeting at Putrajaya International Convention Centre in Putrajaya December 29, 2018. ― Picture by Mukhriz Hazim PUTRAJAYA, Dec 30 ― Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) leaders have made no attempt to disguise their ambition in the last two days to replace Umno as the new champion for the modern Malay masses.From the opening speech by president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, its women’s wing chief Datuk Seri Rina Harun right down to last night’s policy address by chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad have all been about how to elevate the Malay economic status so they feel like “masters” in their own country.Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia associate professor Faisal Hazis said the similarities in agenda and speeches is expected; the bulk of PPBM’s top line-up were old guards from Umno and the two-year-old ruling party’s survival to GE15 relies heavily on the over 60 per cent Malay electorate.“Umno originally was basically trying to do what PPBM is doing now,” he told Malay Mail.“Eventually, over the last few decades Umno became an elitist party instead of a party for the masses,” he said.He said both Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir were only trying to dial back time to the days of the original Umno formed in 1946 and appeal to the rural Malays who form their biggest vote bank.“They are trying to outdo Umno.“There was no hiding in terms of intention to replace Umno as the dominant party for the Malays,” Faisal said.He added that PPBM’s strength lay in the support of the Malay masses while its Pakatan Harapan (PH) partners and other ally each had their respective vote banks: PKR has multiethnic support; Amanah holds the Islamists; DAP has the ethnic Chinese and Warisan controls Sabah.Laying the groundwork for GE15Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Perdana School associate professor Azmi Hassan expressed a similar view, saying PPBM’s urban Malay support and from non-Malays were due to the party’s membership as a PH coalition component.“Yes, it is quite frustrating that the AGM sounds like an Umno general assembly, but again, the Umno DNA is in fact in most of the delegates,” he told Malay Mail.But Azmi believes PPBM may be doubling down now to lay the groundwork to ensure it wins the support of its voter base in the next general election, though due in five more years.“The best strategy that PPBM can strive coming GE15 is to get the support of the rural Malays and hence the similarities with its debates with Umno,” he said.The parallels between PPBM and Umno stopped at the Malay agenda, the two pundits observed.What set the two Malay Muslim parties apart was PPBM delegates’ demonisation of Umno leader during the AGM these last two days.PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman proposed a special committee to vet membership applicants from Umno who wanted to defect.The other significant difference was Dr Mahathir’s message in his policy speech last night that the country’s prosperity must be shared with all races, even as he upheld his “racist” insistence for preferential economic policies favouring Malays to close the rich-poor racial gap.“Our objective remain the same, We want to turn this country into a developed nation equal to other developed nations.“However, a developed nation does not mean part of the rakyat remains underdeveloped compared to the others. We do not want to be an impoverished community in a wealthy country. The bounties of this country must be shared by all races,” Dr Mahathir said in his lengthy policy speech.Pacific Research Centre principal adviser Oh Ei Sun took a more cynical view of PPBM’s potential to grow into its own.He said the recent intake of Umno defectors into PPBM might bring with them the destructive corrupt culture into the relatively young party.“They are Umno wannabes, but still lacking the gumption and the ruthlessness to plunder and monopolise most national resources to benefit the party bigwigs who were supposed to then take care of those hangers-on, as Umno did so marvelously over the last half century or so,” Oh said.“But with time, in incumbency and the anticipated massive Umno defectors’ infusion, PPBM will hone its skills in this regard,” he added.Oh was not alone in his scepticism.Early in his speech last night, PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir reminded delegates not to become arrogant as Umno after winning one general election but to bend their backs to fulfil their electoral promises or they may taste defeat in the 15th general election.Perhaps this is the true challenge that PPBM has to overcome ― to inoculate themselves from Umno’s warlord culture. [...]
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Median house price in Malaysia rises in 3Q18
PETALING JAYA (Dec 24): The median price of homes in Malaysia stood at RM293,000 in the third quarter of 2018 (3Q18), an incremental rise from... [...]
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