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Price of diesel and RON 95 likely to fall below RM2 per litre, minister says

NYT Video: Virgin America’s in-flight entertainment goes high-tech
Virgin America is the cream of the crop when it comes to high-tech in-flight entertainment, says tech columnist Molly Wood. Travellers can have wifi and free satellite television, all from their seat. — New York Times Read More

December 19, 2014

REMBAU, Dec 19 — The retail price of RON95 petrol and diesel may go below RM2 a litre from Jan 1, if global oil prices continue the downtrend. Deputy Finance Minister... Read more

Malaysia signs MoU with Australia on border and security issues

December 19, 2014

LANGKAWI, Dec 19 — Malaysia and Australia will have broader cooperation in terms of security and border issues, especially in combating human trafficking and serious organised crime. Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said both countries were enjoying excellent relations and collaboration, but Malaysia and Australia could... Read more

Perkasa members gather at Komtar, Penang to demonstrate against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, December 19, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi

Perkasa members gather at Komtar, Penang to demonstrate against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, December 19, 2014. — Picture by K.E. Ooi Read More

Palm oil CPO to remain tax-exempt until early 2015

December 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — The government is exempting the 4.5 per cent export tax on crude palm oil (cpo) from Sept 1 this year until Feb 28, 2015 to boost cpo exports and reduce inventories, says Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. “While palm oil price fluctuations have affected all quarters,... Read more

A demonstrator stands outside the Citigroup headquarters during a rally to break up big banks in New York December 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

A demonstrator stands outside the Citigroup headquarters during a rally to break up big banks in New York December 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Nicol cruises, Wee Wern shocked at women’s world squash championship

December 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — Malaysian squash queen and world number one player, Datuk Nicol David, continued her scintillating performance at the 2014 Women’s World Squash Championship in Cairo, yesterday cruising through to the semi-finals. The 31-year Penangite, vying for her eighth world title, needed only 43 minutes to dispose of sixth seed Frenchwoman Camille Serme 11-9, 11-7 and 13-11 at the Wadi Degla Club, extending her 14th... Read more

Clinic promoting ‘gay cure’ ordered to pay compensation for shock therapy

December 19, 2014

BEIJING, Dec 19 — A Beijing court today ordered a psychological clinic to pay compensation to a homosexual man for administering electric shocks in an attempt to make him heterosexual, an unprecedented ruling on so-called conversion therapy. The plaintiff, a gay man named Yang Teng, said he felt traumatised when he received the shocks after... Read more

Next Media Video: Top Islamic State leaders killed in US air strikes
US-led air strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq in recent weeks have killed several of the group’s top leaders and are disrupting the Islamist group’s operations, senior US officials have said. — Reuters Read More

Head up to Pavilion KL’s Dining Loft for hot new eats

By Lee Khang Yi
December 19, 2014

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 19 — This week, the Dining Loft located at Level 7 of Pavilion Kuala Lumpur opened its doors with three new eateries namely Pigs & Wolf, Village Roast Duck and Rocku Yakiniku. In the next few months, another four eateries will be joining this space accessible via the escalators from Level 6 (near TGIF). Previously, it was... Read more

Pictures of the Day

Five new eateries at Pavilion KL’s Dining Loft

  • Anticipation is high for StarZ Kitchen to open as it’s owned by Hong Kong singers, Alan Tam and Hacken Lee. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    Anticipation is high for StarZ Kitchen to open as it’s owned by Hong Kong singers, Alan Tam and Hacken Lee. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • The Dining Loft is accessible via the escalators on Level 6. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    The Dining Loft is accessible via the escalators on Level 6. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • Burger fans will want to customise their own burger when The Counter opens in 2015. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    Burger fans will want to customise their own burger when The Counter opens in 2015. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • From roast duck and BBQ meats, choose the one that catches your fancy at Village Roast Duck. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    From roast duck and BBQ meats, choose the one that catches your fancy at Village Roast Duck. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • Dine comfortably at Village Roast Duck. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    Dine comfortably at Village Roast Duck. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • With 5 outlets under their belt, popular Serai will open here too. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    With 5 outlets under their belt, popular Serai will open here too. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • Spacious dining at Pigs & Wolf that serves a porcine slanted menu. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    Spacious dining at Pigs & Wolf that serves a porcine slanted menu. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • Enter Rocku Yakiniku for live entertainment and Japanese BBQ buffet-style. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    Enter Rocku Yakiniku for live entertainment and Japanese BBQ buffet-style. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

  • There’s no worry of smelly clothes as Rocku Yakiniku uses smokeless Japanese charcoal grills. — Picture by Choo Choo May

    There’s no worry of smelly clothes as Rocku Yakiniku uses smokeless Japanese charcoal grills. — Picture by Choo Choo May Read More

Jennifer Lopez proves she’s a triple threat with People Magazine Awards win

December 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec 19 — Jennifer Lopez “feels blessed” to have picked up a triple threat award. The 45-year-old star was one of many A-listers to be honoured at the inaugural People Magazine Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel yesterday. Jennifer received praise for her work as an actor, producer and singer and couldn’t hide her... Read more

Cover Media Video: Meet Hollywood’s new golden girls
It’s has been a fantastic year for a number of up-and-coming actresses. Let’s take a look at three of them — Shailene Woodley, Sarah Gadon, Elle Fanning — and see how they took Hollywood by storm over the past 12 months. — Cover Media Read More

Study shows the key to car consumers: Design elements

December 19, 2014

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 19 — Forget reliability, performance or high-tech features: when it comes to cars, consumers are more likely to fall for looks than anything else. Researchers from San Francisco State University, led by associate professor of marketing Minu Kumar, set out to understand what it is about a particular car or marque that... Read more

Jaguar Land Rover’s uber-cool 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen tech
Jaguar Land Rover is developing the 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen which allows drivers to get a complete, unhindered view of the road. Watch the video to see the transparent pillars, Heads-Up display and ‘Follow Me’ Ghost Car Navigation. Read More

For US$5k, you can lounge at home with your very own ‘premium’ Boeing 747 seat

December 19, 2014

TOKYO, Dec 19 — Looking for that perfect gift for the aviation fan who has everything? One Japanese airline has the answer: a seat from a retired jumbo jet. If you know someone who just can’t get enough of sitting on an airplane, and you’ve got a spare US$5,000 (RM17,400), All Nippon Airways will sell you what it calls a “premium” seat from... Read more

Window cleaners, dressed in horse (left) and sheep costumes featuring animal signs from the Chinese zodiac calendar, work during an event promoting the year-end and new year at a hotel in the business district of Tokyo, December 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Window cleaners, dressed in horse (left) and sheep costumes featuring animal signs from the Chinese zodiac calendar, work during an event promoting the year-end and new year at a hotel in the business district of Tokyo, December 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

Wozniak not a fan of smartwatches, Google Glass

December 19, 2014

LOS ANGELES, Dec 19 — Steve Wozniak says he is no fan of smartwatches and believes Google Glass will fail as he cautioned not to expect the company he co-founded, Apple, to always lead the way into new technologies. The American, who quit Apple in 1987 — 12 years after creating the technology giant with the late Steve Jobs — made the... Read more

The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is shown in this Christie

The Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after its original owner Charles Ricketts, is shown in this Christie's handout photo released on December 19, 2014. — Reuters pic

World Tourism Organisation: Record-breaking 1.1 billion people travelled the world in 2014

December 19, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec 19 — It appears the world was on the move like never before in 2014, as the latest figures out of the UN’s World Tourism Organisation show international travel is set to hit a new record by the end of the year with more than 1.1 billion people crossing oceans and borders. During the first 10 months of 2014, the number of... Read more

Booom! 25th Ice Bar for Ice Hotel
The 25th hotel in Jukkasjärvi, Swedish Lapland, has opened its doors for the 2014/2015 season, and the establishment has released a video showing the building of the central bar. — AFP-Relaxnews Read More

Uproar as Vatican shuts down scrollmakers, calligraphers cry foul

December 19, 2014

VATICAN CITY, Dec 19 — Rino Pensa and son have been making papal parchments for decades, crafting hand-painted blessing scrolls in Italy, which are purchased by the faithful around the world to celebrate marriages, baptisms and anniversaries. But with the Vatican cracking down on the business amid reports of fake parchments being peddled to... Read more

A women holds a book showing road signs as she attends a class at a driving school in Kabul December 19, 2014. — AFP pic

A women holds a book showing road signs as she attends a class at a driving school in Kabul December 19, 2014. — AFP pic