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Long live the undead

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 12:21 AM PDT

The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman says season two of the zombie TV series will be darker.

VAMPIRES are all the rage on the big and small screens these days, with viewers flocking to the likes of the celluloid Twilight Saga and TV series True Blood, which has been renewed for a fifth season. But comic writer Robert Kirkman, 32 – creator of the acclaimed comic and TV series The Walking Dead – sounds more than a little dismissive about emo vampires.

The Walking Dead, about a group of survivors in a world ravaged by a zombie virus, he says "is much more about survival and protecting your loved ones ... than it is worrying about someone driving a stake into your heart or dying to marry a pretty girl or whatever it is they do in vampire stories these days."

He adds: "Zombies are an unrelenting force that you have to have human characters dealing with, so by design, doing a zombie story makes you tell human stories."

Focusing on the other kind of undead creature has certainly paid off handsomely for Kirkman.

The first season of The Walking Dead was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series and the show is returning for a second season. Ratings for the season one finale in the United States peaked at six million viewers. The second season premiered in the United States last Sunday.

In a conference call from Los Angeles recently, he enthused about how he has been given "an unprecedented level of control" over the show as executive producer. He notes that whenever source material such as a comic or novel is adapted to celluloid, the creator usually has minimal involvment. But he is in a somewhat unique situation.

"I'm in the writer's room full-time, so I'm coming up with storylines with the writers. I'm also approving casting and I'm in the editing room a lot of the time looking over different cuts and edits."

However, he is quick to add: "But that said, if there's anything you don't like in the show, it's got nothing to do with me."

Just like the comic, the TV series has more than its share of intense, gut-wrenching moments. For example, the last season saw a character executing her sister who had turned into a zombie. And it is only going to get darker, he promises. "As we move forward, it's really just kind of going deeper and deeper into that world and watching society crumble all that much more. We'll be going to some pretty dark places. We're not pulling any punches, is what I'm trying to get at."

While three new characters will join the mix this season, the existing cast will certainly not make it to the end of the season unscathed, he says: "There's danger around every corner and, to be realistic, you kind of have to allow some characters to die off every now and then."

Nevertheless, he adds that the producers are mindful of keeping "some spark of hope" and not letting the show become "unrelentingly dark and depressing" for fear of the audience changing the channel.

"We're always going to be keeping that little spark of life and little light-hearted moments from time to time, just to lighten the mood and also play them against the darker moments, to make the darker moments that much more impactful."

He also has high hopes that the show will echo the longevity of the ongoing monthly comic series. Started in 2003, the comic will hit its 100th issue next year.

"I like to joke with Andrew Lincoln (the TV lead) that it's gonna go for 20 seasons just because I know that he would not want that to happen because that would pretty much eat up his entire life but I'd like to see it go on for years and years." – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

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Here they go again

Posted: 21 Oct 2011 12:25 AM PDT

TUNE in to the most romantic show on air and catch more than just your favourite love songs as you could pick up something special for you and a loved one on Red FM's Late Night Love Songs with Mynn.

All next week, you could win a pair of tickets to the Whitesnake World Tour 2011 on Oct 30 at Putra Indoor Stadium, Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur. Just send Mynn your three favourite love songs, along with a dedication for someone special, when Red FM's Threesome comes on.

Be sure to include a song from the band in your selection and if your choice of songs is chosen, you get to catch Whitesnake's powerful live show.

Formed by David Coverdale (pic), the former vocalist of Deep Purple, Whitesnake has produced numerous hit songs and albums. Among them are their self titled album Whitesnake, Slide It In and Slip Of The Tongue. Their 11th album, Forevermore, is a cohesive effort which retains all the flavours of the band's classic rock stylings yet contains the elements of love and romance.

With Red FM's Threesome, a message to a loved one could see you taking him or her to watch Whitesnake performing their hits. For more ticketing inquiries, check out

In the meantime, if you want to treat more loved ones to a fun night out, you can do so by winning passes to Red FM's Remix Scream Party on Oct 29. This Halloween-themed dance party will be held at @LOFT Asian Heritage Row located in Kuala Lumpur.

DJ Razz and guest DVJ G-Mix will hook you up with the top club songs, electronic dance tracks and dance anthem remixes. You can win four passes on Red FM's Eleven 2 Three with Linora (Monday to Friday, 11.00am to 3.00pm) and Red FM's Evenings with Arnold (Monday to Friday, 7.00pm to 10.00pm). Come party in your most awesome Halloween costume as there's a grand prize awaiting the best dressed.

Check out the Red FM Malaysia Facebook fan page ( and follow us on Twitter (@iloveredfm) for the latest updates of all contests. Red FM is owned and operated by The Star.

> Red FM's station frequencies: Taiping, Kedah, Perlis and Pulau Langkawi: 98.1 FM; George Town and Seberang Prai: 107.6 FM; Ipoh: 106.4 FM; Klang Valley, Negri Sembilan and Tapah: 104.9 FM; Kuantan: 91.6 FM; Batu Pahat and Malacca: 98.9 FM; Johor Baru and Singapore: 92.8 FM.

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Donald holds title edge over Simpson at the Disney

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:34 PM PDT

WORLD number one Luke Donald seized an early advantage in his title duel with Webb Simpson by charging into a seven-way tie for the lead in Thursday's opening round of the Disney Classic at Lake Buena Vista in Florida.

Briton Donald coped well with breezy conditions as he fired a flawless six-under-par 66 on the Palm course, one of two layouts hosting the final PGA Tour event of the season.

That lifted him to the top of the leaderboard, alongside Americans James Driscoll, Gary Woodland, Scott Stallings and Derek Lamely, India's Arjun Atwal and Australian Nathan Green.

Steven Bowditch of Australia carded a seven-birdie 68 on the more difficult Magnolia layout to lie one stroke off the pace with six other players.

American Simpson, who is vying with Donald for the PGA Tour's money list title and possibly also player of the year honours, opened with a bogey-free 68 on the Palm course.

With their head-to-head battle the biggest storyline of the week, the two have been paired together by organisers for the first two rounds and they each relished the opening day.

"We get along fine and we had a little light-hearted banter going today," a smiling Donald told reporters after recording four birdies on his outward nine and two more after the turn.

"He asked when I was having my off-season and I said, 'Well, it was going to be this week. Thanks for playing the last two weeks'."

Simpson, who leads Donald by $363,029 in the PGA Tour money list going into the season finale, agreed.

"It was fun," said the 26-year-old, who has won twice on the U.S. circuit in his last six starts. "We fed off each other a little bit and we had a good time."

Donald, who only committed to this week's event when he knew his bid for the money title was under threat, was wary of focusing too much on Simpson at the Disney.

"My focus this week is trying to win the tournament," the 33-year-old Englishman said. "Obviously I have to beat Webb to do that but I've got to beat the rest of the field as well. I have to keep my eye on everyone."

While Simpson trails Donald by two shots going into Friday's second round, he was happy with his Disney start.

"It was tough this morning," he said. "It was cold when we teed off and then the wind picked up pretty early.

"I just thought if I could eliminate my mistakes and shoot anything under par, that would be pretty good on day one. And I did." Among the other big names competing this week, double U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen of South Africa opened with a 68 while British world number 17 Justin Rose battled to a 75.

American Robert Garrigus, who won last year's Disney Classic by a commanding eight shots, launched his title defence with a 70.

This week is also a nerve-jangling one for players bidding to secure their full playing privileges for next year by finishing in the top 125 on the season-ending money list.

Driscoll, 125th coming into this week, gave himself the perfect start with his opening 66 on the Palm layout.

"I don't look at 125 as that special of a number," he said. "The guys at 120 through 190 are kind of all in the same position.

"Every one of those guys needs a good week this week to avoid Q-School (qualifying school)."

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Thien How-Wee Kiong storm into Denmark Open quarter-finals

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:54 PM PDT

ODENSE: Doubles shuttlers Hoon Thien How and Tan Wee Kiong are enjoying a dream run in the Denmark Open in only their first outing as a pair.

Thien How-Wee Kiong continued their fairytale run by storming into the quarter-finals with a sensational 21-18, 21-17 win over Indonesians Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan in 37 minutes.

A day earlier, the Malaysian qualifiers got their new partnership off to a flying start with a superb 16-21, 21-19, 21-11 win over China's second pair Guo Zhengdong-Chai Biao in the first round.

Today, they will take on the winners of the match between top seeds Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng of China and Taiwan's Fang Chieh-min-Lee Sheng-mu for a place in the semi-finals.

Their good run has certainly lifted the gloom in the men's doubles department following the shock loss of Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong to South Korea's Kwon Yi-goo-Cho Gun-woo in the opening round.

Thien How was delighted to have made the breakthrough, especially after picking up a slight injury to his knee on Tuesday.

"I hurt my knee during the qualifying tournament. It hurts when I lunge forward ... but it won't stop me from giving my best here," said Thien How, who had a strap on his knee.

Wee Kiong said their good run thus far has helped erase any doubts he had about their future as a pair.

"I am confident we can take this partnership further now. There is better understanding between us."

Meanwhile, Malaysia's world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei, who will turn 29 today, took down two players from India en route to checking into the quarter-finals.

Yesterday, he disposed of Anand Pawar with a 21-14, 21-13 win in the second round. On Wednesday, he had beaten P. Kashyap 21-11, 21-13.

Chong Wei will take on former world champion Chen Jin of China for a place in the semi-final.

Earlier, back-up shuttler Mohd Arif Abdul Latif, playing in only his second Super Series tournament, gave a good fight before going down 16-21, 10-21 to Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the first round.

It was a great day for world junior champion and local star Viktor Axelsen when he knocked out fifth seed Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia 16-21, 21-9, 21-14.

He will take on the winner of the match between Peter-Gade Christ-ensen and Germany's Marc Zwiebler.

Malaysia's challenge in the mixed doubles event also ended when Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying went down 16-21, 15-21 to top seeds Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei of China.


Men's singles first round: Lin Dan (Chn) bt Rajiv Ouseph (Eng) 21-14, 21-13; Jan O Jorgensen (Den) bt Mohd Arif Abdul Latif (Mas) 21-16, 21-10; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Brice Leverdez (Fra) 23-21, 21-14; Peter-Gade Christensen (Den) bt Wang Zhengming (Chn) 21-13, 21-10; Chen Long (Chn) bt Shon Wan-ho (Kor) 19-21, 21-18, 21-8;

Lee Chong Wei bt P. Kashyap (Ind) 21-11, 21-13; Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Wacha Przemyslaw (Pol) 21-15, 21-15; Taufik Hidayat (Ina) bt Hans-Kristian Vittinghus (Den) 18-21, 22-20, 21-19.

Second round: Viktor Axelsen (Den) bt Taufik Hidayat (Ina) 16-21, 21-9, 21-14; Sho Sasaki (Jpn) bt Nguyen Tien Minh (Vie) 21-13, 15-21, 23-21; Chen Jin (Chn) bt Tommy Sugiarto (Ina) 21-14, 21-16; Chen Long (Chn) bt Simon Santoso (Ina) 18-21, 21-16, 21-8; Lee Chong Wei bt Anand Pawar (Ind) 21-14, 21-13.

Men's doubles first round: Mathias Boe-Carsten Mogensen (Den) bt A. Songphon-Sudket Prapakamol (Tha) 21-10, 21-8; Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) bt Yoshiteru Hirobe-Kenta Kazuno (Jpn) 21-18, 21-7; Markis Kido-Hendra Setiawan (Ina) bt Adam Cwalina-Michal Logosz (Pol) 21-16, 22-20; Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong bt Chai Biao-Guo Zhengdong (Chn) 16-21, 21-19, 21-11; Cho Gun-woo-Kwon Yi-goo (Kor) bt Koo Kien Keat-Tan Boon Heong 15-21, 21-15, 21-12; Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) bt Naoki Kawamae-Shoji Sato (Jpn) 21-16, 21-12; Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong (Kor) bt Chris Adcock-Andrew Ellis (Eng) 21-16, 19-21, 21-7; Liu Xiaolong-Qiu Zihan (Chn) bt Mohd Ahsan-Bona Septano (Ina) 21-15, 18-21, 21-17.

Second round: Hoon Thien How-Tan Wee Kiong-Alven Yulianto-Hendra Gunawan (Ina) 21-18, 21-17; Jung Jae-sung-Lee Yong-dae (Kor) bt Mads Conrad-Petersen-Jonas Rasmusen (Den) 14-21, 21-12, 21-7; Cai Yun-Fu Haifeng (Chn) bt Fang Chieh-min-Lee Sheng-mu (Tpe) 21-19, 21-16;

Women's doubles first round: Mizuki Fujii-Reika Kakiiwa (Jpn) bt Chin Eei Hui-Wong Pei Tty 22-20, 21-18.

Second round: Lotte Jonathans-Paulien van Dooramalen (Hol) bt Sabrina Chong-Goh Liu Ying 21-18, 21-14.

Mixed doubles second round: Zhang Nan-Zhao Yunlei (Chn) bt Chan Peng Soon-Goh Liu Ying 21-16, 21-15.

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Koo and Tan mentally weak, says Korean coach

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 03:56 PM PDT

ODENSE: Malaysia's top pair of Koo Kien Keat and Tan Boon Heong are not mentally strong enough to beat Korean shuttlers.

That's the brutal truth, said South Korean head coach Sung Han-kook after world No. 5 Kien Keat-Boon Heong lost 21-15, 15-21, 12-21 to the third ranked Korean pair of Kwon Yi-goo-Cho Gun-woo in the first round of the Denmark Open on Wednesday.

It was the Malaysians' first loss in three meetings against the Korean pair.

"Yi-goo is 24 years old and Gun-woo is 23. Our back-up pair did well and were superior at the front court. Our players showed more fighting spirit and that was the key," said Han-kook.

"All our top three pairs are of almost equal standard. There is no special reason why the Koreans are able to beat this Malaysia pair so often ... it is all about practice, determination in training and adopting the right strategy.

"I have seen Koo and Tan play for some time and, I think, they are weak mentally, especially against the Koreans. The Malaysians played so well in the opening game but could not keep it up. It is in their heads."

He may have a point as Kien Keat-Boon Heong have also found it difficult to beat South Korea's two top pairs – Lee Yong-dae-Jung Jae-sung and Ko Sung-hyun-Yoo Yeon-seong.

They have only won twice in 13 meetings against Yong-dae-Jae-sung and have never beaten Sung-hyun-Yeon-seong in five meetings.

The Malaysians' latest defeat by Sung-hyun-Yeon-seong came at the quarter-finals of the World Championships in Wembley in August.

A dejected Kien Keat, however, begged to differ. The 27-year-old felt that "our game has become too predictable and we are finding it hard to quickly recover when our opponents take healthy leads".

"We get stuck during the crucial points. It is not that we fear the Koreans or that we do not have strong minds," he said.

"We do ... but when we are left behind, we do not have ideas how to turn the game around.

"We know our weak points and I believe that we are at a transition stage of improving our game.

"We are confident we can overcome the Korean challenge in future. We just have to change our style."

Kien Keat-Boon Heong will compete in the France Open in Paris next week before heading home to tinker with their style of play.

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Singapore's PM says annual GDP growth of 3% is good

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:04 PM PDT

SINGAPORE: An annual growth of 3 percent for the next 10 years should be considered a "good decade" due to changing global economic environment, Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said as reported by Business Times.

Lee also said that the city state should expect tougher competition going forward, especially in the battle for the labour market.

"We must get used to 34 percent growth being a good year. If we can make 3plus percent per year over the next 10 years, we will have a good decade," Lee quoted as saying. He said growth was likely to slow down given constraints of population and space, as well as the government's effort to gradually reduce the inflow of foreign workers and immigrants.

His remarks in parliament followed a central bank decision last week to ease monetary policy by containing the future pace of gains in its currency, intending to adjust to a slowing economy and still stubborn price pressures.

Singapore's economy is expected to expand more slowly next year, and growth could be below its potential rate of 35 percent, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said in its twiceyearly policy review. - Reuters

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US stocks up, Europe anxiety remains

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 05:58 PM PDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks ended with modest gains on Thursday, shifting back and forth on incremental developments in Europe where leaders sought to reassure investors that a solution to the debt crisis would come soon.

The S&P has alternated gains and losses for seven days at the close and has kept to a tight range as markets watch for the latest news out of Europe.

Germany and France released a statement on Thursday saying leaders would now hold two summits to discuss the debt crisis, with a solution in place by Wednesday's second meeting.

"The statement was enough for us to come off the lows, but there is still a long way to go," said Robert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partners LLC in New York.

Market anxiety remained elevated. The CBOE Volatility Index VIX <.vix>, Wall Street's "fear gauge," rose more than 1 percent to near 35, extending gains after rising nearly 10 percent on Wednesday.

Supporting the market, U.S. economic data showed factory activity in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region rebounded in October while a separate report showed U.S. jobless claims fell last week.

On the negative side, other data showed a drop in sales of existing-homes last month and only a small rise in a gauge of future growth.

Financial and materials stocks were the day's top gainers. The S&P 500 financial sector index <.gspf> rose 1.8 percent and materials <.gspm> climbed 1 percent.

The Dow Jones industrial average <.dji> ended up 37.16 points, or 0.32 percent, at 11,541.78. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index <.spx> was up 5.51 points, or 0.46 percent, at 1,215.39. The Nasdaq Composite Index <.ixic> was down 5.42 points, or 0.21 percent, at 2,598.62.

Progress by EU leaders toward a solution is considered vital for Wall Street stocks to break out of their trading range.

The S&P 500 has struggled after reaching the top end of a two-month trading range at around the 1,230-1,250 level.

Investors are also closely watching the developing U.S. earnings season. According to Thomson Reuters data, of the 109 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported earnings, 70 percent have topped analysts' expectations.

After the closing bell, Microsoft shares fell 0.5 percent to $26.87 following quarterly results. During regular trading Microsoft finished at $27.04, down 0.3 percent.

Ingersoll Rand Plc posted lower quarterly earnings, and its fourth-quarter profit forecast fell short of some Wall Street estimates, due to depressed housing and consumer markets, sending shares down 7.9 percent to $27.38.

Polycom Inc fell more than 25 percent to $16.33 and weighed on the Nasdaq after the videoconferencing company reported quarterly revenue well below market expectations. The NYSEArca networking index <.nwx> lost 1.8 percent.

Trading volume was about 7.8 billion shares on the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Amex and Nasdaq, below this year's daily average of about 8 billion.

On the NYSE, advancers beat decliners by a ratio of three to two, while on the Nasdaq, decliners beat advancers by a ratio of 12 to 11.

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U.S. urges Europe needs to leverage bailout fund

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 05:56 PM PDT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Europe must find a way to give its bailout fund the firepower it needs to become a firewall that will block its financial crisis from spreading, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said on Thursday.

Testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, Under Secretary for International Affairs Lael Brainard said the 440-billion-euro ($600 billion) European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) provides "quite substantial resources" that could be given more strength by leveraging it to make it more forceful.

Europe should leverage the EFSF "to be credible in the market, and it needs to give them that overwhelming force where it takes the threat of defaults and bank runs off the table," she said.

She added that there were a number of ways of doing so but did not specify a preferred method.

France has argued the most effective way of leveraging the fund is to turn it into a bank that could use funding from the European Central Bank to guarantee some of the debts of struggling euro zone countries. But the ECB and Berlin oppose this and the proposal appears to be dead.

An alternative would use the EFSF to guarantee a portion of potential losses on new euro zone debt and so aim to restore market confidence and convince investors that the debt of Italy and Spain remains safe to buy.

European leaders will use a summit on Sunday to try to work out their differences.

Brainard, who attended a Group of 20 finance ministers' meeting in Paris last week that focused on the European financial crisis, said it posed the most serious risk to the global recovery and also created "headwinds" for a fragile U.S. recovery.

She told lawmakers, in response to questions about chances of overcoming it, that it was "a good sign" that European leaders were "intensively engaged" in trying to come up with a method for containing it.

"I think they know ... this is an issue that the world cares a great deal about," Brainard said, adding it will be "the most important priority" when political leaders from the G20 meet in Cannes, France, on November 3-4.


Brainard said U.S. interest in Europe's well-being stems partly from the fact that U.S. recovery "remains fragile and all too vulnerable to disruption beyond our shores." More stability in Europe would bolster consumer and investment confidence that was shaken during the summer by a contentious debate over raising the U.S. debt limit and hurt more as the European crisis intensified.

Brainard also pointed to China in discussing what is needed for the global economy to get on sounder footing.

"With demand in the advanced economies likely to remain weak, it is essential for emerging economic powers, such as China, to play a bigger role in bolstering and sustaining global growth," she said.

Countries with big current account surpluses should encourage more domestic consumption, she added, in a further clear reference to China.

She also addressed the value of China's currency, which has been a topic of heated debate in the United States.

Many U.S. lawmakers say China keeps its currency artificially low, giving it an unfair trade advantage. The Senate this month approved legislation to try to force Beijing to let the yuan rise, but Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have signaled opposition to the measure.

Brainard said Treasury has "worked aggressively to pressure China" into letting its yuan currency appreciate more rapidly, which would likely encourage more consumption by Chinese consumers.

"We have seen some progress on this front, with appreciation of over 10 percent in real terms bilaterally since June 2010 and 38 percent since 2005, but more is needed," she said. She said the yuan was still substantially undervalued.

Brainard urged Congress to back U.S. support for international lenders like the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

"Our leadership at the international financial institutions could be at risk if Congress does not act to support our commitments to these institutions," she said. "Other nations, particularly China, are eager to take up our shares in these institutions if we do not meet our commitments."

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S'gor govt proposes insurance scheme for laid-off workers

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:31 AM PDT

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government will discuss with the Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF) the setting up of an insurance scheme to protect laid-off workers.

Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said such an insurance scheme could help ease the burden of these workers.

"This scheme is not a compensation, but enough to help those who lost their jobs," he said at a luncheon and dialogue with Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC) leaders here Thursday.

Abdul Khalid said the state government would also form a special team to help workers who got laid off in the state. - Bernama

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PM: Win-win situation to resolve maritime border issues

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:29 AM PDT

MATARAM (Lombok, Indonesia): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak said he and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono have given clear instructions to resolve the maritime border dispute in the South Sulawesi Sea.

The instructions given were to find an option based on a win-win situation and something that was acceptable to the people and governments of Malaysia and Indonesia.

"We take note that the technical committee that has met 20 times (since March 2005) managed to narrow down the differences, especially in terms of the continental shelf in the 12-nautical mile area.

"The difference previously was 7km and now it has been narrowed down to 3km only, and this means that there has been positive development," he said at a media conference at the conclusion of the delegates bilateral meeting of the Malaysia-Indonesia annual consultations, here Thursday.

In a joint statement at the end of the annual consultations, both leaders reiterated the continued commitment of both countries to work closely in resolving land demarcation and maritime boundary delimitation through negotiations.

Noth leaders held discussions on land and maritime boundary issues, in particular, the Indonesia-Malaysia land borders in Kalimantan and maritime boundary in the Sulawesi Sea, Straits of Malacca and Singapore, as well as the South China Sea.

"Both leaders agreed on the urgency to resolve these issues and tasked officials of both countries to intensify the technical meetings and expedite the ongoing negotiation process," the joint statement said.

The negotiations shall be in accordance with the principles of international law and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982, it said. - Bernama

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MIC to hold Deepavali open house at Batu Caves

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 03:52 AM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: The MIC will, for the first time, hold its Deepavali open house at the Batu Caves Temple.

Its president Datuk G. Palanivel said the open house, which would on Deepavali day itself (Oct 26), would be held at an open area around the temple.

He said by having it there, the party expected to attract more than 10,000 people, not only from the Indian community but also the Chinese and Malay communities as well.

"When we hold the event at the Putra World Trade Centre, the turn out is not very good, normally we will get less than 5,000 people," he told reporters at MIC's headquarters here Thursday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin are scheduled to attend the open house. - Bernama

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Tokyo film fest hopes to cheer disaster-hit Japan

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 01:11 AM PDT

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The 24th Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off on Saturday with a diverse slate of art house and mainstream fare, but the biggest theme at the annual event may be the country's real-life struggle to recover from the massive March earthquake and tsunami.

Organizers at one stage even pondered whether the Oct 22-30 show could go on after the devastating disaster threw the nation into a period of ''jishuku,'' or self-restraint, which resulted in many events being cancelled. In addition, the Fukushima nuclear crisis scared away many foreign tourists.

But organizers decided to carry on, to send a message about Japanese strength to the world, festival chairman Tom Yoda told Reuters in an interview.

''We had some difficulty getting people to understand that Tokyo is safe, but I think we overcame that problem,'' he said.

In fact, entries totalled nearly 1,000 films from 76 countries, up 17 percent over the previous year, and participants at TIFFCOM, the contents market which runs alongside the main festival, are up 10 percent with all booths sold out, he said.

Director Paul W.S. Anderson's 3D swashbuckler ''The Three Musketeers'' and Jackie Chan's historical drama ''1911'' get the festivities started in a special double opening, with Chan, Anderson and ''Musketeers'' star Milla Jovovich set to walk the ecology-themed Green Carpet in central Tokyo's Roppongi Hills.

The festival will also hold a day of screenings in the northeastern city of Sendai, in the coastal area that suffered major tsunami damage, as well as show films that were shot after the disaster such as ''Tokyo Drifter'' and ''Women on the Edge.''

In the main competition section, 15 films will vie for the $50,000 Sakura prize, before the festival wraps with baseball drama ''Moneyball,'' starring Brad Pitt.

The festival used to lean more towards art films, but for the past few years has been trying to screen more mainstream movies with commercial possibilities, especially in its opening and closing selections, in a bid to reach younger audiences, said Yoda, who is also CEO of Japanese film company Gaga.

But he also acknowledged that Tokyo's coming at the tail-end of the festival circuit makes it hard to compete, after heavyweight events like Venice and Toronto in September attracted filmmakers looking to showcase their works ahead of awards season.

''Tokyo is the last major film festival in the calendar year, therefore many major films have been taken by other film festivals,'' Yoda said.

South Korea's booming Busan festival, which runs earlier in October, has also become one of the hottest venues for Asian filmmakers and has no doubt stolen some of Tokyo's thunder.

Busan earlier this month opened a new Busan Cinema Center, a massive $140 million complex, where it screened over 300 movies, including 89 world premieres. By contrast, Tokyo will screen 126 films and 22 world premieres.

Yoda stressed that Tokyo is not competing with Busan and said the festival would make do with its current scheduling.

''We try to work together and we have no intention to schedule the festival earlier than October, because there are already festivals every week in September and October,'' he said.

''Japanese filmmakers send a lot of films to Busan,'' he added.

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Time on his side

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 12:30 AM PDT

Justin Timberlake tries his hand playing the leading man in a provocative science fiction film.

DIRECTOR Andrew Niccol made an impressive debut as director and writer with Gattaca – a smart, cautionary tale set in the fictional future that deals with all kinds of prejudices. Now Niccol turns his attention to In Time, which features a world in which people stop ageing at 25. In the world of In Time, time is the most valuable commodity, allowing the rich to live an almost immortal-like lifestyle, which is worlds apart from life of the poor, who know their time may be up tomorrow. Niccol chose Justin Timberlake to play the blue-collar protagonist Will Salas, who grows up poor only to inherit time and be rich.

In an interview transcript provided by Twentieth Century Fox, Niccol identified the fact that Timberlake has been working since he was a child as reason enough to know the multi-talented artiste could pull off the role of an action hero in a sci-fi flick.

As for Timberlake, the role not only challenged him as an actor but gave him a chance to explore the human spirit (Will lives his life not wasting a single moment) and basic human instinct to survive (Will is accused of murder and is forced to be on the run to stay alive).

The 30-year-old said he immediately identified with Will. "My mother told me from a very young age: 'You have an extraordinary ability when you step on a stage or perform, but that doesn't make you a better or more extraordinary person than anyone else.' That was an important value to learn. I come from a blue-collar neighbourhood outside Memphis, Tennessee, where people work hard for the things they earn, so I really identify with Will in that way. When we meet him at the start of the film he doesn't have much at all and he values the simple things in life. I have always been that way ... I am an 'everyman' because that is how I have always seen myself."

Timberlake started performing as early as 11-years-old when he participated in a talent show called Star Search. He then appeared in The All New Mickey Mouse Club, and three years later, became a member of the boyband *N Sync. The band was not just a smash hit, but a stepping stone for Timberlake to achieve even more success when he released a solo album in 2002, Justified, along with a new and sexy image. His second album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Charts and had many oh-so-catchy tunes including SexyBack, My Love and What Goes Around ... Comes Around. The two albums earned him six Grammys and loads of fans, worldwide.

He was a guy who could do no wrong it seemed – well until the Super Bowl and the wardrobe malfunction fiasco in 2004 (while performing with Janet Jackson, she accidentally revealed a little too much of herself, causing a huge uproar). But like that time when he didn't win first place at Star Search, he bounced back from the bad publicity to prove music isn't the only thing he is good at. He ventured into films, taking on smaller parts in Alpha Dog and The Social Network before taking on bigger parts in Bad Teacher and Friends With Benefits. Timberlake also has won five Emmys for his work on the TV show, Saturday Night Live. Even away from the limelight, his personal life – mostly involving beautiful blondes – always makes for great fodder in the gossip pages.

Talent aside, Timberlake is obviously driven to explore new avenues and to be inspired. He explained: "There is always something new, maybe directing, I don't know. Listen, when I am actually inspired to do something, I have never been shy about doing it. I grew up as an only child and I have always done things on my own. You get this real go-getter instinct without even thinking about it. When you know you want something, you just do it the best you can.

"It is important to allow yourself the ability to screw up every now and then because you learn so much from that. But really, I know nothing. I have nothing figured out. It is like starting at zero with every new project, and I like being there. I think that's probably why, in my career, I've enjoyed being the rookie. I enjoy that feeling. I enjoy new things and I always will. I'm fascinated by so many different things and I think I've reached a point in my life where I don't need to apologise for that."

Like Timberlake, the character Will is constantly in motion. While Timberlake has always made sure he stays fit – in order to keep up his gruelling concert schedule that sees him dancing a lot – with training and playing sports; he did tear a calf muscle working on In Time, due to all the running he was doing.

"I landed in a funny way filming a scene, nothing crazy or dramatic happened. But we had to take a week off. We changed the schedule so I could shoot some of the less physical scenes that week. When you are working on a movie, you don't realise how much you put your body through until the next day. Sometimes you work 12 hours a day and you can spend six hours straight just on one scene. Early on, before you start filming, you will read a scene that involves walking by the ocean and you think that sounds like an amazing scene to watch from the audience's point of view and then when it's time to shoot the scene it's January and it's freezing cold and of course, you never thought about what that would be like."

In Time also features Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Matt Bomer in the cast list, nine-time Oscar nominee cinematographer Roger Deakins and triple Oscar-winner costume designer Colleen Atwood. "I was looking around while we were filming feeling like I was surrounded by a lot of brilliance. But I think what people will relate to most is Will and Sylvia (Seyfried) because they'll find so much of themselves as I did in both characters. I found myself relating to both of them very much."

As for the theme of the film where nobody ages and time is of utmost importance, Timberlake shared: "I often find what makes you awkward as a kid, in turn makes you beautiful as an adult and you can't embrace that without a level of maturity and without knowing who you are as a person. I think the most important thing is to be comfortable in your own skin and know what you have versus who you aspire to be, and finding a dynamic between those two ideas. The more experience you have in life, the more you realise that time is really the most precious commodity. Time is truly the most valuable thing that you have because it eventually runs out for everyone."

But for Timberlake, he likes the prospect of getting older. "I like myself much more at 30 than I did when I was 25. You accept things more and you become more patient. I have been really lucky; I have made the most of my luck and I am happy about that."

> In Time opens in cinemas nationwide on Oct 27.

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Bardem against Bond

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 12:14 AM PDT

HE'S known as a genuinely nice guy in Hollywood, but Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem transforms into a villain for the upcoming James Bond film, due in theatres next year.

Bardem appeared for an interview on ABC News programme Nightline and confirmed what had been rumoured for months when he was asked by journalist Christiane Amanpour about "the next villain you are going to play in James Bond."

"I'm very excited because my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them so to play that is going to be fun," Bardem said. "They choose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details."

Bardem, who is married to Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, is pretty good at being bad. The last time he portrayed a villain was in dark drama No Country For Old Men, and the role of a maniacal killer earned him an Oscar for best supporting actor.

The upcoming thriller about the British secret agent 007, being called Bond 23 for now, is expected to be released in November 2013. – Reuters

New 'Die Hard' movie

ISN'T it romantic? Fox has slated Die Hard 5 – now titled A Good Day to Die Hard – for a Valentine's Day 2013 release. It'll be the first Die Hard film to arrive in the winter in the United States.

Die Hard, the 1988 action thriller that propelled Bruce Willis to movie stardom, came out on July 15. Die Hard 2: Die Harder was released on July 6 two years later. Die Hard: With A Vengeance followed on May 19, five years later, and Live Free Or Die Hard was released June 27, 2007.

The latest instalment will once again star Willis as John McClane, an iron-tough New York cop. He has already saved hostages from a Los Angeles office building, battled mercenaries who threaten to crash an airplane, taken on Internet terrorists and gone up against a bomber. This time, he'll be in Russia.

John Moore (Max Payne, Behind Enemy Lines) is directing. Alex Young is producing. The four previous Die Hard movies have grossed a total of about US$530mil worldwide. – The Wrap/Reuters

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Metro watch

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:33 AM PDT


Food items such as rice, sugar, dhall, curry powder, cooking oil, canned food items and Deepavali cookies are needed for the Sri Lanka Tamil refugees in Malaysia. New clothes and toys for the children are also welcomed. Those who are keen to contribute may do so by today. The items can be delivered to No 5, Jln 8/3G, Petaling Jaya (opp Balai Polis, PJ New Town). Contributions shall be acknowledged. For details, call Eashvara at 016-688 0455.


The Malaysian Nature Society is hosting the Pesta Sayap/ Festival of Wings 2011, a public festival that celebrates the return of the migratory birds on their journey back to their breeding grounds in the northern hemisphere together with the wonders of fireflies in Kuala Selangor this Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park, Kuala Selangor. For details, call Suzi at 03-2287 1176 (office) or 010-274 9934.


Manjushri Kadampa Centre is holding a one-day meditation retreat titled Space to Breathe this Sunday. Learn simple Buddhist meditations to calm the mind, reduce stress and experience inner peace. Four one-hour sessions of guided meditation from 10am to 4.30pm. Vegetarian lunch is provided. To register, call Chee Kin 012-305 8892 or Doreen 012-222 9201.


Tropicana Medical Centre and Curves Fitness Centre is holding the Pink Pamper Party in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month to raise funds for the National Cancer Association Malaysia on Oct 22 from 9.30am to 2pm at the medical centre in Kota Damansara. Participation is through a minimum donation of RM20 and above. For details, call 018-2111 826 (Shoba).


SPCA Selangor in collaboration with Sunway Volunteer Society will celebrate World Animal Day 2011 with furry pets and animals on Nov 13 from 3pm onwards. For details, call Helen (016-445 1007), Ying Zhao (017-3739391) or Li Jean (017-694 0668).

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Sri Kuala Lumpur’s foursome dominate at MSSS

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 06:33 AM PDT

THE Sri Kuala Lumpur School's Under-10 girls line-up extended Petaling Perdana district's domination at the Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Mini Olympic artistic gymnastics championships at SMJK Yoke Kuan in Sekinchan recently.

Besides continuing their impeccable run to emerge as the champions in the team event, the foursome of Casey Teh Qi Shi, Alisandra Ali, Wee Rou Min and Sandra Natasha from the training centre based in Subang Jaya tasted personal glory and they took home a gold medal each from the individual contests.

In the tussle for the girls' individual all-round top spot, newcomer Teh sprang a surprise by edging out Klang's Goh Jen Wei.

The eight-year-old Teh led the Sri Kuala Lumpur and accumulated a total of 75.833 points to finish ahead of Goh (75.800) after four events — vault, single bar, balance beam and floor exercise.

On the way to overall individual victory, Teh also picked up a gold (vault), a silver (single bar) and a bronze (floor exercise) medals from the individual disciplines.

It was also a memorable outing for Teh's team mates, with Alisandra clinching the gold medal for the floor exercise while Wee and Sandra were also winners in the single bar and balance beam respectively in the individual events.

The victorious team's trainer Kit Sin praised the girls for stamping their mark so thoroughly at the competition.

"We are satisfied they performed to their true abilities. From our observation, we felt they delivered convincing displays in certain events even though the eventual scores suggested otherwise. Overall, it was a fruitful outing for our girls. It was a great boost for the beginners. Hopefully, they will ride on their recent achievements and scale greater heights at higher levels," said Kit, adding that they fielded a very balanced team.

Currently, the eight-year-old Sandra and nine-year-old Alisandra are training under the care of former national gymnast Tan Kai Ling up to four times a week.

In contrast, the Sri Kuala Lumpur boys team comprising Kamil Jazmi Jamel, Gan Shu Sen, Cheah Kah Hoe and Aathmamethaa could not repeat the girls' success as the Klang district made a clean sweep for the top three spots in the individual all-round contest.

For the team event that saw a total of eight teams competing, the Sri Kuala Lumpur boys completed their campaign in fifth spot.

Gan finished with the only silver medal to show from the boys' section when the eight-year-old settled for second with a score of 19.200 behind Klang's Ong Jia Wei (19.233) in the individual pommel horse.

The boys' individual all-round champion Sim Oi Liang led the Klang team to victory with a total of 76.532 points over four disciplines — floor exercise, pommel horse, vault and high bar.

The Klang duo of Jiang Wei and E. Jun Long came in second (76.367) and third (75.810), respectively.

"We fielded the rookies for exposure. The four of them only started training in June. They were not ready because of the short period of preparation. They were not outstanding and they were average in executing their routines. They have the potential to shine because three of them (Kamil, Cheah and Aathmamethaa) are only seven. We are confident of grooming them to do well within the next three years in the same meet," said Kit.

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Bonding over babies

Posted: 20 Oct 2011 12:16 AM PDT

Two of the women of Bond are mums and another is expecting a child, but they still keep their classical crossover act sexy.

They may be the hot babes of classical crossover act Bond. But when we met them last month, it was another "babe" that drew all the attention.

The cutie-pie was a two-month-old baby girl, the daughter of Bond's first violinist Tania Davis.

Davis, who is 36, brought her along – plus a nanny – for the group's visit to Singapore.

British-Australian classics-go-pop group Bond started out as the classical version of the Spice Girls more than a decade ago, but clearly things have changed a lot since.

Bond are made up of Davis, second violinist Eos Chater, viola player Elspeth Hanson and cellist Gay-Yee Westerhoff. They were in Singapore for a private Formula One hospitality event except Westerhoff, 38, who was absent as she is five months pregnant and unable to travel.

Indeed, Davis, who also has two sons aged three and five, said they have mellowed over the years, with her and Gay-Yee embracing motherhood.

Juggling motherhood and touring is tough enough and it was the reason Hanson, 24, replaced former member Haylie Ecker in 2008, when she decided to become a full-time mum.

But Davis and Gay-Yee seem to be doing fine.

"When we do concert tours, it's always Bond, as we are (referring to Westerhoff's absence), even if we have to bring babies on tour with us," said Davis.

It is a far cry from when they burst on the scene and were dubbed the classical Spice Girls, a reference to the British pop girl group known for their loud and boisterous personas in the 1990s.

"I think we all just chilled out a bit more. You just learn to take things a bit less seriously, otherwise you can go completely bonkers," said Davis.

The girls are still strutting their stuff in sexy, figure-hugging outfits and they have a new album out called Play. It is their first studio album in seven years.

The group said they started recording the album in 2009 and added that they needed the hiatus "to take a breather and take some time out for our personal lives."

Play, which features six original compositions from the band members and which has gypsy and folk music influences, sees them doing classical renditions of the hit song Jai Ho from the movie Slumdog Millionaire (2008), and Last Time, a track from British rock band The Rolling Stones.

Chater, 35, said: "The gist of this album is that we wanted to do something celebratory and that will be really fun live.

"Having toured a lot, you notice that the upbeat ones are the ones that get the crowd going and they are the ones they seem to enjoy the most, so that's the path we've taken."

Bond also did a special Lady Gaga medley, which blends the quirky pop singer's hit singles such as Bad Romance, Born This Way and Alejandro.

Hanson said: "We wanted to go Gaga. We're all Lady Gaga fans, she's really clever and it's amazing, the stuff she comes up with. We love her music and we just thought it lends itself really well to our string and instrumental versions."

Asked how things have changed as a group since she came on board three years ago, she added: "It was the best job I could ever ask for, joining Bond. It was just so easygoing, there are no egos in the group at all and we're all just working together really fairly.

"It's a lovely equal basis where we all respect each other and we want to encourage each other." – The Straits Times, Singapore/Asia News Network

> Bond's Play is released by Universal Music Malaysia.

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Soulja Boy claims innocence after drug arrest

Posted: 19 Oct 2011 06:25 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES: Rapper Soulja Boy has claimed he is innocent of drug and weapon charges after being arrested and freed on bail earlier this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

"I'm innocent man. I love you all. I just want you'll to know I'm innocent," the hip-hop singer posted late Tuesday on Twitter after putting up $10,000 in bail money to secure his release, reported news outlet CBS Atlanta.

The 21 year-old rapper, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, three of his bodyguards and a driver each were arrested earlier Tuesday on felony charges of possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm.

On Tuesday night, the rapper took to Twitter to thank his fans and promote his new documentary biopic "Soulja Boy: The Movie" that was also released on Tuesday.

"I missed 10 interviews today for my new movie! to those companies I'm sorry. you can see I had a lil situation. the show must go on," the rapper tweeted.

Soulja Boy first rose to fame after his online postings of single "Crank That" became a hit.

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Expert: Jackson physician acted like employee not doctor

Posted: 19 Oct 2011 06:08 PM PDT

LOS ANGELES: A medical expert testified Wednesday that Michael Jackson's doctor acted more like an employee than a physician by agreeing to give the pop star nightly doses of the potent anesthetic propofol to treat insomnia.

Dr. Steven Shafer, regarded as one of the leading researchers in the use of propofol, took the stand as the final prosecution witness in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

It is nearly unheard of to give propofol, normally used before surgery in a hospital setting, as a treatment for insomnia, said Shafer. ''We are in pharmacological 'Never Never Land' here, something that's only been done to Michael Jackson,'' he said.

In impassioned testimony, Shafer also cataloged what he said were Murray's failures as Jackson's personal physician, starting with agreeing to the pop star's request to receive propofol as a sleep aid at his rented Los Angeles mansion.

''Conrad Murray said yes, and that is what an employee does. And I do not see a difference between Conrad Murray saying yes to a request that Michael Jackson is making, and an employee who cleans the house agreeing to a request of Michael Jackson,'' Shafer said.

Shafer gave 17 instances of how Murray's treatment of Jackson on June 25, 2009 - the day the singer died - constituted ''egregious'' violations of common medical standards.

He blasted Murray for the over 20 minutes that elapsed between the time prosecutors believe he discovered Jackson had stopped breathing, and when an ambulance was called. ''It's just inconceivable to me. A physician would not do that,'' Shafer said. Propofol was ruled the main cause of the ''Thriller'' singer's death. Murray admitted to police he gave Jackson the drug to help him sleep.

His attorneys claim Jackson gave himself an extra, fatal dose of the drug when Murray was out of the singer's bedroom.

Shafer, a professor at Columbia University and who helped set U.S. standards for propofol dosage, criticized Murray for not keeping medical records in the over two months he told police he was giving Jackson nightly doses of the drug.

''The family has a right to know what happened, and with no medical record, the family has been denied that right,'' Shafer said, raising his voice.

Jackson's parents, Katherine and Joseph, and two of his siblings showed little reaction as they sat in the courtroom. Murray also remained unemotional during the testimony.

Jurors were shown a detailed video on the correct use of propofol - a potentially damaging presentation that differed sharply from accounts of how Murray cared for Jackson.

The medical training video showed doctors in scrubs and gloves attending to a patient in a sterile operating room, with electronic monitors and displays. They meticulously checked medical tools and machines that witnesses say were absent in the bedroom where Murray gave Jackson propofol.

The defense is expected to begin presenting its case on Friday. Murray, who has pleaded not guilty, faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison if convicted.

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