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Tian Chua turns up on second day of PKR leadership retreat
PORT DICKSON: PKR vice-president Tian Chua, who was among several senior party members absent at the opening of the party's inaugural retreat here Friday (July 19) night, turned up for a session on Saturday (July 20) morning. [...]
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PLUS turns to new technology to help its traffic controllers
At PLUS Expressways Bhd’s headquarters at the Subang interchange, the company’s traffic-monitoring centre staff keep a round-the-clock watch on the traffic condition on its highways. [...]
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Dr Mahathir turns 94, but age hasn't slowed him down one bit
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who turned 94 today, made reporters break out in laughter after he asked them if they weren't going to wish him before a press conference in Parliament. There are only three nonagenarians serving as chief executive of a country and Mahathir is the oldest. Mahathir's wife Dr Siti Hasmah Ali will turn 93 this Friday. [...]
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As Dr M turns 94, five things we learnt about him in the past year
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at a press conference after the PPBM Supreme Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur January 29, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turns 94 today, just 62 days after his administration celebrated its first anniversary.With his determination and unwavering commitment to “fix” the country despite his age, his second run as prime minister continues to inspire the public and his Cabinet alike.For his birthday today, Malay Mail compiles five things that we have noticed as Dr Mahathir turns one year older: Dr Mahathir Mohamad is seen using his iPhone in this photo shared with his Facebook followers on April 26, 2019. — Picture via Facebook/TunDrMahathir 1. Dr M loves his iPhone but can’t always figure it outEver since Dr Mahathir went on the campaign trail for Pakatan Harapan — leading to its shock victory two years ago — he is often pictured with his trusty iPhone, often brandishing it to capture historic moments.As tech website SoyaCincau pointed out, the silver phone Dr Mahathir uses is likely an iPhone 7 Plus. Launched three years ago in 2016, the prime minister still has no trouble using it since its operating system is still updated by Apple.Most importantly, the device is arguably relatively easier to operate than an Android for a nonagenarian.But Dr Mahathir revealed in May that he does not really know how to fully utilise his own phone.“I paid for the whole thing but I don’t know how to utilise the rest,” he reportedly said during an iftar event with the Sultan Abdul Hamid College alumni.Despite using a device made by California-based Apple, it seems that Dr Mahathir is not averse to embracing rival Chinese companies amid the heated trade war. He has repeatedly backed Huawei’s 5G technology, and was clearly impressed during his visit to its Beijing research centre in April. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad drives a red Ferrari around the Sepang International Circuit with Tan Sri Azman Yahya August 1, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim 2. Dr M still enjoys cars, loves drivingAmid the controversy over his dogged determination for a third national car, many may forget that he is actually an avid fan of cars and driving.Right after becoming prime minister, he even drove around town to have a look at the capital. Since then, he has also taken a Ferrari supercar for a ride around the now-lit up Sepang circuit.When he is not driving himself, he has been chauffeured by both artificial intelligence in an autonomous Proton Exora, and Johor’s Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar in a first-generation Proton Saga that the prime minister gifted the ruler’s father back in 1985.Despite all that, Dr Mahathir has joked that old people like him perhaps should not drive since they usually are no longer physically capable to do so, in a light-hearted video on road safety by the Road Safety Department ahead of Aidilfitri last year. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad with the Pakatan Harapan candidate for Semenyih Muhamad Aiman Zainali attend the Santai 2-Roda event in Semenyih February 28, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara 3. Dr M is very much ‘old school’ at heartFormer prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has tried to re-invent himself by co-opting working class Malay popular culture and hounding Putrajaya with his constant “trolling” on social media.But when Dr Mahathir finally became fed-up with Najib’s so-called everyman “Bossku” persona, he took a dig against him in a “classier” way befitting his age.Instead of attempting to look hip by using memes, Dr Mahathir instead penned a sajak, or Malay poem to get back at Najib and his sycophants.Not to be outdone by Najib who posed with the modern Yamaha Y15ZR moped lusted over by Malay youths, Dr Mahathir also posed with a moped while stumping during the Semenyih by-election.However instead of trying to pander to “mat rempits”, the prime minister chose instead a vintage red Honda C70, a choice that had biking aficionados nodding their heads in approval. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (centre) poses for a picture with cosplayers during the launch of ‘Marvel Studios: Ten Years of Heroes’ exhibition at Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur June 27, 2019. — Bernama pic 4. But he seems familiar with the Avengers?Marvel’s The Avengers might have been Hollywood’s biggest cross-over event, but for most of us Malaysians that title also fits PKR, DAP, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia; their banding together brought down the previous regime.We may not know whether Dr Mahathir prefers Marvel over DC even after he launched a Marvel Studios exhibition last month and rubbed shoulders with cosplayers representing the motley characters from the cinematic universe.He was initially reported saying that he preferred super-villain Thanos — raising eyebrows about whether he actually agreed with the purple giant’s morally-questionable idea to [not really spoiler alert here] wipe out half of the universe to manage our resource problem.It turned out that Dr Mahathir does know a thing or two about The Avengers after all when he clarified that his favourite character is actually the “big dude with the big axe” — ergo the Norse god of thunder Thor and his new weapon of choice Stormbreaker. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali wave during the prime minister’s Aidilfitri open house in Putrajaya June 15, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon 5. He works even longer hours now, keeping Dr Siti Hasmah worriedCompared to his previous term as prime minister, Dr Mahathir ostensibly needs more time to accomplish what seemed to be a breeze for him a lifetime ago.His wife, the ever tenacious Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali revealed that previously he used to work from 8am to 5pm, but now has to extend it from 8.30am to 6pm daily; some [...]
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The Sony Walkman turns 40
The very first Sony Walkman came out in Japan on July 1, 1979. ― AFP pic TOKYO, July 1 ― Sony brought out its first Walkman, the TPS-L2, in Japan on July 1, 1979. The very first portable audiocassette player allowed its user to privately enjoy music through headphones plugged directly into the unit. This was revolutionary, and it soon won over the world.Over time, some models would offer double audiojacks, able to play both sides of a cassette tape automatically, and be able to record sound. As such, the WM-D6C and WM-DD9 models would be among the top sellers of the 1980s and are now prized by collectors. The Walkman eventually fell out of favour until it disappeared in the beginning of the 21st century, totally outpaced by the arrival MP3 players, especially the iPod. Only in 2010, however, did Sony cease production of its cassette Walkman. Since then, Sony has continued to sell its Walkman line in the form of high-fidelity players.Sony was also a pioneer in portable CD players, with a first model, the D-50, out in 1984. Known as the Discman, it didn't have the same phenomenal success as the Walkman.After Sony, other brands including Japanese brands Panasonic and Toshiba launched their own players. Despite being a registered trademark, “Walkman” quickly became a generic name for all portable cassette players.All versions included, more than 220 million Walkman players have been sold around the world. ― AFP-Relaxnews [...]
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Pochettino's dream turns sour as Spurs misfire against Ajax
LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino said he was living the dream in the build-up to their Champions League semi-final against Ajax Amsterdam but it must have felt like a nightmare at times against the classy Dutch side on Tuesday. [...]
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Outing turns tragic after teen drowns in Simpang Renggam river
KLUANG: An outing among several friends at a river in Simpang Renggam turned into a tragedy after the body of a teenager, who was feared drowned, was found. [...]
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Huawei turns towards public for new smartphone design themes
An example of the 'Hello, New Art' theme by Ye Luying. ― AFP pic BEIJING, April 17 ― Huawei and cryptocurrency maker DigiX together announced a world-class smartphone design theme competition that will divide US$330,000 (RM1.3 million) between over 100 winners. Starting this Saturday, if you're an aspiring digital illustrator, you can begin submitting your work designed in accordance with the theme “Hello, New Art.”Last Thursday, the DigiX Huawei Global Smartphone Theme Design Competition officially kicked off: Registration opened, and design templates were made available. On April 20, the submissions portal officially opens up until May 20 after which over 100 winners will be selected, and US$330,000 will be divided between them.The contest is divided into four categories ― Illustrations, animations, 2D graphics, and 3D graphics ― and designs should demonstrate the concept “Hello, New Art.” One first, two second, and three third prize winners will be awarded for each category.Additionally, one person will be selected as a Global Winner, and the Stars of Tomorrow, Overseas Talent, and Fan Favourite awards will each be awarded to five people. Lastly, 100 finalists will be rewarded for their designs.All winners are “guaranteed corresponding commissions through the creation of no less than 5 works within one year.”Therefore, over the next year, Huawei will be saturating their smartphone Theme Store with hundreds more interface designs made by award-winning artists that were selected by a panel of “design masters.”The DigiX Huawei Global Smartphone Theme Design Competition spans over 170 countries and regions. You can upload your work starting Saturday and until May 12. Winners will be announced June 14. ― AFP-RelaxnewsCreation is the result of wisdom and inspiration that produces sparks of joy.Click the links to participate in 2019 DIGIX Huawei Global Smartphone Theme Design Competition.By using mobile:https://t.co/40da5obgD8By using PC: https://t.co/piOBuIgpbO#HelloNewArt#HUAWEIThemes pic.twitter.com/sz7m6U7Qxn— Huawei Mobile Services MENA (@MeaHuawei) April 14, 2019 [...]
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Despair turns to relief for one family as news filters back from New Zealand
GEORGE TOWN: A solemn atmosphere turned to relief as 65-year-old Rokiah Mohammad received news that her son, Rahimi Ahmad, who was involved in the Christchurch shooting in New Zealand, is now safe and sound. [...]
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Mazlan Othman, Malaysia's first astrophysicist is a Barbie fan as Mattel doll turns 60
A girl gets two Barbie dolls to take a cruise in a pink convertible. — Picture by Hari Anggara KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — Datuk Mazlan Othman rolled up to Barbie’s 60th birthday celebration in Kuala Lumpur after wrapping up an important meeting in Putrajaya.The subject of the meeting? Figuring out how to prevent rockets from delivering weapons of mass destruction.Mazlan, Malaysia’s first astrophysicist, eagerly said “yes” to the birthday invitation after learning that one of the upcoming releases from Barbie would show her delving into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (Stem) careers.To mark the 60th anniversary of the world’s most famous fashion doll, a new line of career dolls was launched to encourage young girls to reach for the stars.While many Stem professions appear inherently masculine due to the gender imbalance in its workforce, Mazlan proved that anyone can bring a touch of glamour to their jobs. Datuk Mazlan Othman shares her experience of being the country’s first female astrophysicist. — Picture by Hari Anggara “I don’t have a lab coat hidden somewhere in my wardrobe. The best thing I had when I was very active in my research was actually a fur coat.“This was because I was working in observatories high up in the mountains at temperatures of -15°C with one metre of snow outside,” she said.By sharing her experiences, Mazlan hoped that she could inspire at least one of the young ladies in the crowd to become a scientist like her.The 67-year-old also joked about Barbie’s eternal youth, putting forward a suggestion that the company should debut a doll with grey hair to match her golden years.After six phenomenal decades of championing girls and their aspirations, Mattel Southeast Asia and Barbie hope to continue this legacy with their campaign titled “You Can Be Anything”.The anniversary celebration at KL Tower gathered Malaysian female pioneers from a variety of fields including A Cut Above chief executive officer Datin Winnie Loo, supermodel Amber Chia, and FashionValet co-founder and dUCk Group founder Datin Vivy Yusof.A runway show featuring 30 junior supermodels from Amber Chia Academy and six adult models from Limkokwing University entertained guests with dozens of pink outfits being paraded onstage. A young model shows off two unique Barbie dolls during the fashion show. — Picture by Hari Anggara The models highlighted 60 custom-styled Barbie dolls sporting clothes and hairstyles courtesy of the Limkokwing Fashion Club and A Cut Above Academy.Vivy, a business mogul known for her Muslimah clothing and lifestyle products, has her hopes on collaborating with Barbie on a line of dolls clad in modest fashion.The entrepreneur is already one step closer to her dream as dUCk previously released limited edition doll-sized headscarves for Barbie in partnership with Mattel Southeast Asia.“I think women's empowerment is also about not having to show skin to look good. You don’t have to wear sexy clothes just to belong or to attract people.“Barbie is revolutionising the fashion industry and as such a strong brand, they need to do more (with modest fashion),” she told Malay Mail. [...]
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Residents alert cops and DOE after Chohong River turns black, smelly
JASIN (Bernama): Residents of Chin Chin and Kampung Chohong here are alarmed that Sungai Chohong - a source of water for daily activities and where some of them fish - has become black and smelly with the river life suffering. [...]
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Sokratis red card: Arsenal fans fume as Unai Emery TURNS BACK on star after sending off
SOKRATIS PAPASTATHOPOULOS was sent off 41 minutes into Arsenal’s last-16 Europa League tie against Rennes in France, and was blanked by Unai Emery as he left the pitch. [...]
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Parisian company turns used coffee grounds into mushrooms
From a container wafts the sweetly pungent odour of coffee grounds which, far from being discarded as waste, are being lucratively recycled to produce oyster mushrooms. Grounds, which Parisian brasseries throw out daily by the tonne, are perfect for the job, and a snapshot of a fast-growing urban agricultural trend. The mulch of grounds is mixed with cardboard and wood chips and shoved into lengths of plastic with pieces of mushroom culture. They are then hung vertically in a dark space and left to incubate for a fortnight. “We are reproducing undergrowth subsoil conditions. The temperature and humidity are comparable,” explains Arnaud Ulrich, co-founder of UpCycle-La boite à champignons (mushroom box), based in the Paris suburb of Saint-Nom-la-Breteche. Nestled away from the light, the spores of mushroom mycelium fungus – a key food source for many soil invertebrates and which can also help to clean polluted soil – rapidly spread as they would beneath the roots of a tree. After incubation, the bags containing the grounds and spores, by now completely white, are transferred to a different room for “fructification”. Cue the lights There, the lights are switched on and humidity reduced. Cuts are made in the bags, allowing the mushrooms to emerge. Mushrooms are grown in conditions that mimic their growth in sub-soil conditions. Photo: Stanze/Flickr “The mushrooms are ‘stressed’ – which makes them want to reproduce and free up their spores, leave the bags,” says Ulrich. “It simply remains to harvest them.” Ulrich says urban agriculture is first and foremost about recycling organic waste from cities as a means of expanding the move towards a regenerative, “circular economy” making more judicious use of finite resources. “Thirty percent of urban waste is useful biowaste and today, only 5% of this organic matter is recycled,” he notes. “We are just doing what they did in the 19th century, but with modern methods,” he says. At that time, “Paris mushrooms” were also born from the idea of recycling organic matter. Market gardeners cultivated their produce in quarries on the perimetre of the capital making use of the droppings of the thousands of horses who helped to deliver vegetables to the market at Les Halles in central Paris. Smell that coffee again Today, some 20,000 kg of coffee grounds are collected each month in and around Paris, the bulk from large firms’ restaurants in the west of the city. From that can be produced around two tonnes of oyster mushrooms. Over 20,000kg of used coffee grounds is collected all over Paris. Photo: Maren Barbee/Flickr At 15 euros (RM59) per kilogramme that equates to a 30,000 euro (RM138,000) “harvest” and a campaign is under way to encourage more Parisian cafes to get in on the act. “It’s a virtuous undertaking – we are producing between 20 and 30 kg of grounds a week,” says Romain Vidal, 30, the owner of Le Sully brasserie in Paris and a pioneer of the recycling technique. Every year, Paris produces over 600 million kg of grounds! Photo: Zacharias Korsalka/Flickr “And our chef puts the oyster mushrooms on the menu for the brasserie’s customers,” he adds. The chef concurs, saying he is “delighted,” describing the mushrooms as thick and juicy. After every espresso, every cappuccino, Le Sully’s waiters bag the used grounds which a delivery biker from the coffee company whisks away so further use can be made of them. Paris’s deep-rooted cafe culture means there is no shortage of the stuff – the city annually produces around 600 million kg of grounds, according to UpCycle, which is helping manage similar projects in several other French towns. After harvesting, the already recycled grounds embark upon their third lifespan, returning to the ground as compost – or ‘champost’, a play on words with champignon, French for mushroom – mixed in with mushroom strands and wood cellulose. With their system up and running, Ulrich and co are branching out by installing “Rocket” compost machines in the heart of Paris’ La Defense business centre. The machines swallow up organic waste from restaurants such as peelings and leftover food waste, be it meat or fish, as well as grass cuttings. The resulting scrunched up waste produces compost in record time … which in turn will be utilised to spawn more Parisian mushrooms from September. – AFP Relaxnews [...]
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Penang turns to rent-to-own schemes to clear long waiting list for public housing
Penang state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo said the shortage of PPR units in the state meant the administration had to look for alternative solutions. — Picture by Sayuti Zainudin GEORGE TOWN, March 5 — The Penang state government will turn some of its low cost housing units into rent-to-own schemes and offer it to those who applied for people’s housing project (PPR) units.Penang state exco Jagdeep Singh Deo said the shortage of PPR units in the state meant the administration had to look for alternative solutions.“We will convert some of our available low cost housing units into rent-to-own schemes for those who could not purchase low cost units,” he said in a press conference this morning.The local government, housing development and town and country planning committee chairman said those who have been in the waiting list for PPR units for over a decade will be given priority to take up these units.“We launched two pilot rent-to-own schemes in Jawi and it was nearly sold out so the latest two we are looking into are in Kampung Tok Subuh in Bukit Minyak and Balik Pulau,” he said.He said the low cost housing project in Balik Pulau consisted of 1,153 units but the state planned to turn about half of it into rent-to-own schemes.“There will be about 800 more rent-to-own units available from the projects in Bukit Minyak and Balik Pulau,” he said.Jagdeep said Penang only has 999 PPR units while the state’s waiting list for PPR units now stand at 1,137 applicants.He admitted that a majority of the demands were for PPR units in the north east district of the island, around George Town.“We are working hard to have PPR and rent-to-own schemes in all districts to cater to applicants from everywhere,” he said.He said rent-to-own schemes will benefit the applicants as it would give them a sense of ownership while at the same time, turn them into home owners.Jagdeep said the construction of PPR units is under the federal government’s jurisdiction which was why Penang was left out in the past 10 years when the federal government was under Barisan Nasional’s control.“Last June, immediately after Pakatan Harapan took over, I have spoken with the housing minister on building more PPR for Penang and we have identified a 4-acre land in Jelutong to build 1,000 units of PPR there,” he said.Currently, the land still has some squatters so the state will need to relocate the squatters before they could hand over the land to the federal government to build PPR flats, he said.When asked about the eviction of 22 tenants from Taman Manggis, a PPR housing, Jagdeep said they will still need to vacate the premises by tomorrow.“Those who appealed against the eviction will get the decision today and if their appeal is rejected, they will have to vacate the units,” he said.He said some tenants were found to have rented out the RM128 per month units at RM500 to RM600 to others.“This is unacceptable and those who already bought their own homes are also ineligible,” he said.He said it is unfair for these ineligible tenants to continue living in PPR units meant for the poor.He said out of the 1,137 applicants on the waiting list for PPR units, 22 of them have waited for over 10 years while 271 waited for over seven years.“How can we answer to these people who have waited so long for a PPR unit if we do not evict ineligible tenants from these units,” he asked.He said the state housing department officers are always accompanied by police and enforcement officers from the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) when sealing the units to evict those ineligible. [...]
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As the web turns 30, is it an 'out-of-control monster'?
A copy of the Next Computer that was used as the first server of the World Wide Web is displayed at an exhibition at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern) on January 29, 2019, in Meyrin, near Geneva. — AFP pic MEYRIN, March 4 — Thirty years ago this month, a young British physician working at a lab near Geneva invented a system for scientists to share information that would ultimately change humanity.But three decades after he invented the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee has warned that his creation has been “hijacked by crooks” that may spell its destruction.Berner-Lee's old office at Europe's physics lab Cern now looks no different than the others lining the long, nondescript corridor within the expansive compound.The only indication that history was made here is a small commemorative plaque and a page from an old Cern directory hung on the door, with “MOMENTARILY OUT OF OFFICE!” written in jest next to Berners-Lee's name.“Tim worked a lot,” said technician Francois Fluckiger, who took charge of the web team after Berners-Lee left for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1994.“The lights were always on in his office,” Fluckiger told AFP.History in the makingBerners-Lee was responsible for Cern's internal directory but was interested in ways to allow the thousands of scientists around the world who cooperated with the lab to more easily share their work.His vision for “a decentralised information management system” soon gave birth to the web.Primitive forms of the internet — a network linking computers — had previously existed, but it was the World Wide Web that allowed web pages to be collected and accessed with a browser.“Very early on, we had the feeling that history was in the making,” Fluckiger said.In 1990, Belgian scientist Robert Cailliau came onboard to help promote the invention, which used Hypertext Markup Language, or HTML, as a standard to create webpages.They created the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, which allows users to access resources by clicking on hyperlinks, and also Uniform Resource Locators, or URLs, as a website address system.At the end of 1990, Berners-Lee set Cern's first web navigator server into action.The browser was released outside of Cern in early 1991, first to other research institutions and later to the public.Fluckiger, now retired, hailed the web as one of three major inventions in the 20th century that enabled the digital society, alongside the Internet Protocol (IP) and Google's search algorithms.But he lamented the “online bullying, fake news, and mass hysteria” that flourish online as well as threats to privacy.“One has to ask oneself if we did not, in the end, create a completely out-of-control monster.”'Crooks and trolls'Berners-Lee has launched his own campaign to “save the web.”At the Web Summit in Lisbon last November, he called for a new “Contract for the Web,” based on access for all and the fundamental right to privacy, among other things.“The web has been hijacked by crooks and trolls who have used it to manipulate people all over the world,” Berners-Lee warned in a New York Times op-ed in December, citing threats ranging from the dark web, to cyber crime, fake news and personal data theft.In January, the man dubbed the “father of the web” urged the global elites at the World Economic Forum in Davos to join the fight against the “polarisation” of online debates.He called for discussion platforms that connect people with different opinions and backgrounds, contrary to today's common practice of creating online ghettos, filter bubbles and feedback loops where people rarely encounter opinions different from their own.United Nations chief Antonio Guterres also voiced concerns at Davos over the direction the web was taking.He warned of the impact “of the dark web and the deep web and all the problems of cyber security,” and called for the creation of "soft mechanisms" to help rein in countries using this technology to violate human rights.Open sourceBack in 1989, no one could have foreseen the importance of the emerging web.Cern has held onto only a few souvenirs from the early days: The first memo that Berners-Lee drafted about his invention, his black NeXT computer station and his keyboard.But while Cern may not have preserved many keepsakes to memorialise the historic invention, it has strived to prevent the web from falling into the wrong hands.In 1993, the organisation announced it was putting the web software into the public domain, which could have allowed any individual or business to claim it as their own and control its development.But destiny, with a little help from Fluckiger, helped avert potential disaster.After discussions with Cern's legal service, Fluckiger decided in 1994 to launch a new open source version of the web.That proved a crucial move that allowed Cern to retain the intellectual property rights to the invention while giving access to anyone to use and modify the web freely and without cost.In 1995, the intellectual property rights were transferred to a consortium set up by Berners-Lee based out of MIT, called W3C.“We were lucky that during those 18 months, no one seized the web,” Fluckiger said.“Otherwise, there might not have been a web today.” — AFP [...]
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Semenyih's political atmosphere suddenly turns calm and relaxed
Barisan Nasional and PAS flags are seen along Jalan Sg Lalang in Semenyih February 8, 2019. — Picture by Hari Anggara COMMENTARY, Feb 25 — The political atmosphere in Semenyih, where a by-election is ongoing, seems relaxed and calm today amid the hot and humid temperature, with voters going about their daily routine undisturbed.As though weighed by political fatigue or an overdose of politics, the political hype of the campaign trail over the last 10 days seems to have come to an abrupt end today, just four more days to polling which is on Saturday.With last night’s Premier League slugfest between Manchester United and Liverpool seeing locals and campaigners of political rivals sat stuck in front of gigantic TVs at mamak restaurants around town, the political atmosphere has calmed as campaigners take a break after a late night.While Barisan Nasional (BN) keeps pounding its target day and night, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is taking things in its stride as it regroups and launch its final assault beginning tomorrow night.PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin said she will be in Semenyih tomorrow night to continue the campaign along with other PH ministers to give the ruling coalition’s candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali a final push.Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) strategic director and Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad will lead several of the party leaders at a ceramah tonight, while DAP leaders have been campaigning in Chinese areas since last week.Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has been roaming the streets almost daily, accompanied by party deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Dr Mahathir at times.The ruling coalition has been on the defensive since the beginning of the race on Feb 16 and it still has a long way to go to get the Malay voters’ support which will determine the winning figure.Its Malaysia Baharu slogan does not go down well with the Malay voters as the community feels short-changed and its policies made the Malay voters feel they are systematically sidelined, while at the same time, promises made during last year’s general election have yet to be fulfilled.Furthermore, there have been talks of internal feud and politicking from within parties in the coalition itself as well as within PPBM which made PH’s campaign inconsistent.BN seems to be on a final assault as the combined election machinery of BN and PAS push towards the finishing line.Campaigning is to end on Friday midnight and as of today, PH is still fighting hard especially to counter the presence Datuk Seri Najib Razak, whose appearance appeared to take them by surprise.Haunting the ruling coalition, Najib is making waves, attracting not just the voters, but the young ones who voted for PH last year.Whether the overwhelming response to Najib’s act will be translated into votes is debatable, but the fact is he is the man voters wait to see and hear.With four more days to polling, PH needs more than a good strategy; it needs probably a miracle to catch up fast. [...]
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