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DAP’s newest recruit in niqab sparks vitriol from critics

Bloomberg Video: Car2Go ― a city bike without the rack
Car2Go CMO Paul Delong discusses the free-floating concept within the car-sharing arena. He speaks on “Street Smart.” ― Bloomberg Read More

September 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Dressed in a niqab — the veil which covers her face leaving only her eyes visible — 22-year-old Jamila Rahim makes an unlikely face for the DAP, a secular political party that is mostly... Read more

Civics bureau still brainwashing, creating racist kids, Ambiga claims

BY BOO SU-LYN
September 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 ― Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan accused the National Civics Bureau (BTN) today of brainwashing children and turning them into racists and bigots. The patron of pro-unity group Negara-Ku said there have been complaints that the government agency, which is tasked to instil patriotism in students through training courses, has... Read more

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Malaysian divers at Asian Games

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    Malaysia's bronze medalists Leong Mun Yee (left) and Pandelela Rinong pose during the victory ceremony for the Women's 10m Synchronised Platform diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Center in Incheon September 30, 2014. — Reut Read More

  • Malaysia’s bronze medallists Leong Mun Yee (left) and Pandelela Rinong compete in the Women’s 10m Synchronised Platform diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 30, 2014. — Re

    Malaysia’s bronze medallists Leong Mun Yee (left) and Pandelela Rinong compete in the Women’s 10m Synchronised Platform diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 30, 2014. — Re Read More

  • Malaysia’s silver medallists Ooi Tze Liang (left) and Ahmad Amsyar Azman pose during the victory ceremony for the Men’s 3m Synchronised Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Inch

    Malaysia’s silver medallists Ooi Tze Liang (left) and Ahmad Amsyar Azman pose during the victory ceremony for the Men’s 3m Synchronised Springboard diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Inch Read More

  • Malaysia’s bronze medallists Leong Mun Yee (left) and Pandelela Rinong compete in the Women’s 10m Synchronised Platform diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 30, 2014. — Re

    Malaysia’s bronze medallists Leong Mun Yee (left) and Pandelela Rinong compete in the Women’s 10m Synchronised Platform diving final at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre during the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 30, 2014. — Re Read More

Ringgit dips in sharpest decline since 2012

September 30, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — The ringgit completed its biggest monthly drop in more than two years as the greenback surged on signs the Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising US interest rates. The ringgit fell 3.9 per cent to 3.2805 per dollar in Kuala Lumpur, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. That was the steepest monthly decline... Read more

A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Asian Games: Pandelela, Mun Yee bag bronze medal in 10m platform

September 30, 2014

INCHEON, Sept 30 — Pandelela Rinong and her partner Leong Mun Yee won the bronze medal in the Synchronised 10m Platform diving at the Munhak Park Tae-hwan Aquatics Centre today.           Malaysia’s top diving pair collected 313.92 points to deliver the country’s third medal in diving.           The gold medal went to favourites Chen Ruolin and Liu Huixia of China who collected 346.5 points.           Kim Unhyang and Song Namhyang of... Read more

Hong Kong’s youth lead the voices of dissent in call for a more democratic future

September 30, 2014

HONG KONG, Sept 30 — For the past two nights they have come in their tens of thousands—students, teenagers, parents, professionals and the elderly alike. All are demanding a more democratic future for Hong Kong, a city that was once a byword for stability yet has been plunged into its worst unrest since the former British colony was handed... Read more

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Occupy Central continues

  • A man walks by a barricade of metal fence and umbrellas on a street at the central financial district, near the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A man walks by a barricade of metal fence and umbrellas on a street at the central financial district, near the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A man walks along an empty street near the central financial district in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A man walks in front of a closed Toyota dealership, near government headquarters where protesters are blocking the main streets in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A man walks in front of a closed Toyota dealership, near government headquarters where protesters are blocking the main streets in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A protester sleeps as she blocks a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A protester sleeps as she blocks a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Protesters block a street near government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A protester sleeps as he blocks a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A protester sleeps as he blocks a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A protester sleeps as he blocks a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A protester sleeps as he blocks a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A woman stands next to a barricade as protesters block a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A woman stands next to a barricade as protesters block a street outside the government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Protesters sleep as they block a street outside government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Protesters sleep as they block a street outside government headquarters in Hong Kong September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

Want something fancy? How about a £8,888 cocktail?

September 30, 2014

LONDON, Sept 30 — A restaurant in the heart of London’s swish Mayfair has created what they claim to be the world’s most expensive cocktail in honor of singer Grace Jones, valued at a whopping £8,888 (RM 47,358.53). What could possibly make a champagne cocktail ring in at the price of a new car, or US$14,430, you ask? A bevy made with... Read more

A woman waves during her visit to the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich September 30, 2014. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital for the Oktoberfest, which runs until October 5. — Reuters pic

A woman waves during her visit to the 181st Oktoberfest in Munich September 30, 2014. Millions of beer drinkers from around the world will come to the Bavarian capital for the Oktoberfest, which runs until October 5. — Reuters pic Read More

And then there were eight ... Girls’ Generation kicks out Jessica Jung!

September 30, 2014

SEOUL, Sept 30 — One of K-pop’s marquee acts, the girlband Girls’ Generation, has kicked out one of its star members, sending shockwaves through the group’s devoted fan base in South Korea, Asia and beyond. Jessica Jung, a prominent member of the nine-girl act that has toured to packed stadiums around the world, said she had been... Read more

Cover Media Video: Antonio Banderas ― a sex symbol at 54
While promoting his film “Automata” during the Zurich Film Festival, Antonio Banderas reveals he's still flattered to be considered a sex symbol at his age and admits that he had been looking in the mirror too much and lost objectivity about himself. ― Cover Media Read More

Car2Go makes transportation flexible (VIDEO)

September 30, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 30 ― Car2Go CMO Paul Delong discusses the free-floating concept within the car-sharing arena. He speaks on “Street Smart.” Car2Go will offer a fleet of small cars made available for customers in Brooklyn. ― Bloomberg

Trabant cars parked in front of the German embassy in Prague to mark the East German exodus in Prague September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

Trabant cars parked in front of the German embassy in Prague to mark the East German exodus in Prague September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

Foam rolling: All you need to know about this latest trend to warming up

September 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Sept 30 — Foam rolling is becoming the go-to method for warming up the muscles before a workout and upon recovery. If you’ve heard all the fuss about foam rolling and aren’t sure what it’s about, we’ve gotten the lowdown from LA trainer Philippe Til, founder of Action Fitness, whose client list includes not only Olympic and... Read more

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Paris Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 women's ready-to-wear collections

  • Model Kendall Jenner presents a creation by French designer Julie de Libran as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Model Kendall Jenner presents a creation by French designer Julie de Libran as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation by Italian designer Fausto Puglisi as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Emanuel Ungaro during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model presents a creation by Italian designer Fausto Puglisi as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Emanuel Ungaro during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Model Aymeline Valade presents a creation by French designer Julie de Libran as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Model Aymeline Valade presents a creation by French designer Julie de Libran as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation by French designer Julie de Libran as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model presents a creation by French designer Julie de Libran as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Sonia Rykiel during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Elie Saab as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    A model presents a creation by Lebanese designer Elie Saab as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Models present creations by Lebanese designer Elie Saab as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Models present creations by Lebanese designer Elie Saab as part of his Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

  • Models present creations by Chinese designer Yiqing Yin as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Leonard during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

    Models present creations by Chinese designer Yiqing Yin as part of her Spring/Summer 2015 women’s ready-to-wear collection for fashion house Leonard during Paris Fashion Week September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic Read More

iPhone 6 finally approved in China, Apple suppliers gear up for demand

September 30, 2014

TAIPEI, Sept 30 — With the launch of Apple’s eagerly anticipated iPhone 6 finally on the horizon for Chinese fans, the US company’s supply chain is geared up and ready to deal with any surge in demand from the world’s largest smartphone market. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are slated for an Oct 17 release on all three of China’s wireless... Read more

Intelligient 'Amelia' could be your office helper
IPsoft has taken the wraps off an artificial intelligence system — Amelia — that's already smart enough to join and empower the average workforce and get colleagues quickly updating their resumes and paying for the premium tier of LinkedIn membership. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Five things you shouldn’t miss at Oktoberfest

By Kenny Mah
September 30, 2014

MUNICH, Sept 30 — With the call of “O’zapft is!” (“It is tapped!” in German), the Oktoberfest begins! The tapping of the first barrel of Oktoberfest beer is a tradition that marks one of Germany’s most beloved cultural festivals and tourist attractions. This year is Oktoberfest’s 181st year and the popular event shows no signs of waning. I... Read more

NYT Video: Speed limit at Central Park a mere suggestion or law?
After a woman was knocked over by a cyclist and killed, there was a lot of conversation about how to best use the park drive. The Times brought out a radar gun to get a sense of the traffic. — New York Times Read More

Four-book set on ‘Inspector Chopra’ starting August 2015

September 30, 2014

LONDON, Sept 30 — Mumbai-based detective Ashwin Chopra will commence his investigations in English come August 2015 when he teams up with an unusual partner in “The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra.” Vaseem Khan's four-book set is a new coup for Hodder & Staughton imprint Mulholland Books, which aims to have the series debut ready... Read more

People stand reading books at a bookstore in Tokyo, September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic

People stand reading books at a bookstore in Tokyo, September 30, 2014. — Reuters pic