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Festive treat

Posted: 09 Feb 2013 12:24 AM PST

From heart-warming family dramas to adrenaline-pumping kungfu flicks, here's a rundown of the hottest shows on television this Lunar New Year.

WHAT'S Chinese New Year (CNY) without a set of new clothes, a fresh haircut, the not-to-be-missed reunion dinner, and the highly-anticipated angpow handouts?

Likewise, in TV land, a line-up of programmes including the likes of Jet Li's Once Upon A Time In China, Stephen Chow's Shaolin Soccer and, not to mention, those star-studded TVB anniversary concerts – all customary fare for the festivities.

This year, viewers can look forward to ringing in the Lunar New Year with a mix of both the classics and the latest productions from Hong Kong, China and around the region. Here's a guide on what shows to look forward to this CNY: CNY Eve

> Jolin Tsai Concert 2012 (AEC / Astro Ch 301, 2pm) – Catch Mandopop songbird Jolin Tsai's spectacular concert held in conjunction with the release of her 12th album, Muse. The Taiwanese diva sang to a crowd of 40,000 at Tainan, Taiwan.

> Rain: The Best 2011 Rain Asia Tour (AEC / Astro Ch 301, 3pm) – Watch K-pop sensation Rain perform for the last time during his farewell tour, before he enlists for military service.

> Gerbang Tahun Baru Cina (TV1, 4.05pm) – See how Chinese families prepare for the new year in this special documentary.

> TVB CNY Eve Special 2013 (Wah Lai Toi / Astro Ch 311, 8pm) – Catch the live broadcast of TVB artistes Nancy Sit, Liza Wong, Linda Chung and many more as they celebrate the new year in Hong Kong.

> Gok Cooks Chinese (BBC Lifestyle / HyppTV Ch 140, 8.25pm) – When famed English-Chinese fashion guru Gok Wan isn't dressing celebrities, he is cooking up some delicious Chinese dishes in this all-new cooking show.

> The Wedding Diary (8TV, 8.30pm) – Malaysian engineer, Daniel, wants to marry his Singaporean lover, Tina, but their cultural and class differences threaten to tear them apart. Starring Ah Niu and Elanne Kwong.

> CNY Countdown Gala 2013 (AEC / Astro Ch 301, 9pm) – Count down to the new year with live feeds of popular TV personalities at on-ground events in Kuala Lumpur, Melaka, Johor, Penang and Sarawak.

> Shaolin Soccer (TV2, 10.30pm) – This 2001 Stephen Chow box office hit has become a classic CNY movie. Chow plays the zealous kungfu master, Sing, who is determined to show the world the beauty of the Shaolin martial arts practice through soccer. Co-starring Vicki Zhao and Patrick Tse.

First Day

> JSG Best 10 Music Awards Presentation 2011 (TV2, 1pm) – Find out who nabbed the prestigious Most Popular Artiste and Gold Song Gold Award titles in this annual TVB award show.

> I Love Hong Kong 2012 (Wah Lai Toi / Astro Ch 311, 1.30pm & Ntv7, 3.30pm) – Featuring some of TVB's top artistes, such as Eric Tsang, Bosco Wong and Stanley Fung, this family drama chronicles the ups and downs of four couples living in Hong Kong.

> The Iron Lady Chef (8TV, 2pm) – Up against a renowned chef, Ceci must sharpen her culinary skills in order to win the man of her dreams. Starring Charmaine Sheh and Hacken Lee.

> 2013 Horoscope And Feng Shui (TV2, 4pm) – It's the year of the Snake. Host Chen Shih Ying talks to experts on what the Chinese zodiac sign means as well as what to expect and avoid for the year. Plus, guest artistes Jan Hor, Meng Sishi, Chong Shun Yuan and Kok Kim Wei are slated to perform.

> Double Trouble (AEC / Astro Ch 301, 8pm) – Watch the son of kungfu flick veteran Jackie Chan, Jaycee, as he helms this 2012 Taiwanese comedy-action movie. He plays a hotshot security guard who gets the blame when a 400-year-old painting is stolen. Co-starring Jessica C and Yu Xia.

> Lucky Bowl (Ntv7, 8.30pm) – Shot in Tanjung Karang, a paddy-growing town in the outskirts of Selangor, this two-part mystical drama revolves around a magical bowl where anything that goes into it multiplies. Catch the second part of this local movie the following day at 8.30pm. Starring Adrian Tan, Karena Teo, Leslie Chai and Debbie Goh.

> Hunan CNY Show 2013 (HyppTV Ch 156, 9pm) – Catch appearances by two-time Olympic champion Lin Dan and Taiwan-based Malaysian songbird Fish Leong in this CNY variety show.

> Ah Beng The Movie: Three Wishes (Wah Lai Toi, Astro Ch 311, 10pm) – Ah Beng's father is rewarded for his loyalty when he offers all his money to the God Of Fortune despite being poor. In return, the deity grants him three wishes. The local production stars Jack Lim and Gan Mei Yan.

> Legend Of The Fist: The Return Of Chen Zhen (TV3, 10pm) – Donnie Yen has some big shoes to fill in this sequel to the 1994 film Fist Of Legend. He stars as the fictional martial artist Chen Zhen, a character previously portrayed by Bruce Lee and Jet Li.

> Ah Loon Oii (TV1, 10.05pm) – This local production revolves around the childish 24-year-old Ah Loon, who always stirs up trouble for his guardian Kak Kiah. Starring Sindu Ramachandran, Muhammad Izz, Liham Nazuadi, Rama and Sharisa Chong.

> Rob B Hood (TV2, 10.30pm) – Jackie Chan, Louis Koo and Michael Hui play a gang of burglars – comprising Thongs, Octopus and Landlord – that is tasked by a triad to kidnap a baby in this 2006 action-comedy flick. But along the way, the robbers start to bond with the tiny tot and refuse to hand him over to the triad's boss.

> Gong Xie Fa Chai Jun Yee (TV1, 2am) – Jun Yee is a stubborn girl who gives her parents a hard time as she constantly ignores their counsel. Starring Min Jia and Jason Chong.

Second Day

> I'm The Best (TV2, 4pm) – Join hosts Janell Chin and Soo Jin Chuan as they test some of the country's hottest local artistes on their knowledge of CNY traditions in this entertaining and informative game show.

> Red vs White Superstar Showdown 2012 (8TV, 4pm) – It's going to be a musical showdown as some of Taiwan's hottest singers are divided into two groups – Red (led by Chang Hsiao Yen) and White (led by Harlem Yu) – and made to out-sing each other. Catch the second part of the four-hour show at the same time the following day.

> TVB 45th Anniversary Gala (Wah Lai Toi / Astro Ch 311, 4pm) – There's nothing like watching your favourite TVB celebrities like Moses Chan, Bosco Wong, Kate Tsui and Linda Chung show off their hilarious and silly antics during the game segment as they celebrate the broadcaster's 45th anniversary.

> 1911 (AEC / Astro Ch 301, 8pm) – This historical drama brings to life the 1911 Revolution (a revolution that overthrew China's last imperial dynasty) and is all the more special as it is Jackie Chan's 100th film.

> Warriors Of Heaven And Earth (TV2, 9pm) – After serving the Chinese emperor for 20 years as a Japanese emissary, Lai Xi must carry out one final task before he retires – hunt down Lieutenant Li, a rebel who once betrayed the emperor. However, Lai is faced with a dilemma when he realises that Li is only looking to protect a caravan that holds a powerful, magical relic. Starring Jiang Wen, Kiichi Nakai and Vicki Zhao.

> 14 Blades (TV3, 10pm) – A secret agent, who devoted his life to the service of the Emperor, finds his loyalty tested when an evil eunuch takes over the empire. Starring Donnie Yen and Vicki Zhao.

> The Lost Bladesman (8TV, 10pm) – Yes, it's another Donnie Yen movie, yet again. This time, the actor portrays Guan Yu, a general who played a significant role in the fall of the Han Dynasty.

> Turning Point, Laughing Gor Returns (Wah Lai Toi / Astro Ch 311, 10pm) – Laughing is sentenced to life imprisonment but later discovers that he was set up as an undercover prisoner to track corrupt cop Tai Chit. Michael Tse and Chapman To star.

Third Day

> Telling Maria (Wah Lai Toi / Astro Ch 311, 12.30pm) – Host Luisa Maria speaks to big-name actors like Andy Lau and Simon Yam about their careers in the entertainment industry in this revealing talk show.

> Legend Of A Rabbit (8TV, 2pm) – For those who can't get enough of Jack Black's Kungfu Panda, this 2011 Chinese animated film is just for you, chronicling the adventures of a rabbit who embarks on a dangerous mission to save a friend.

> Flirting Scholar 2 (8TV, 8.30pm) – Tong Pak Fu falls for the bewitching Qian Qian, but their love is tested when she loses her memory in a tragic accident. Starring Huang Xiao Ming and Jingchu Zhang.

> The Great Magician (Wah Lai Toi / Astro Ch 311, 10pm) – A warlord hires a magician to help him gain the affections of a girl held in captive. But things are far from smooth sailing when they find out that the girl was once the fiance of another magician. Starring Lau Ching Wan and Tony Leung.

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AG orders freeze of Amalilio’s assets in Philippine cheating case

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 07:17 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has directed the Malaysian authorities to "check and freeze" all financial records and assets of a suspect, pertaining to a RM895mil cheating case in the Philippines.

In a statement here Friday, he said the Attorney-General's Chambers was committed to assist in all prosecution against any criminal case, regardless of citizenship.

"Yesterday, the Attorney-General's Chambers received a formal request from the Philippine Department of Justice for Mutual Legal Assistance on criminal matters.

"This request is currently being handled by the International Affairs Division, Attorney-General's Chambers," he added.

Abdul Gani said, on Wednesday, a meeting was held at his office between him and the Philippine Department of Justice Deputy Minister Jose Vicente B.Salazar, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya, First Secretary of the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia, Maria Antonina Oblena, and Political Attache of the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia Joy Calip. "During the meeting, Salazar requested that the suspect be extradited to the Philippines to face criminal charges and a freezing order on the assets, savings and investments owned by the suspect and persons related to him," he said.

Earlier reports said the suspect, Muhammad Kamal Sa'aid aka Mohamad Sufian Saaid or Amalilio, was on the Philippine Government's 'wanted list' for allegedly cheating RM895mil through a get-rich-quick scheme.

When the Philippine Government ordered his arrest last November, he fled to Sabah.

Earlier media reports also said Amalilio was arrested on Jan 22 this year, in Ranau, Sabah and the Malaysian police found that he was on the Philippine Government's wanted list.

The Philippine authorities then sent a team to Sabah to bring Amalilio back to the Philippines to face charges there.

However, 10 minutes before Amalilio and agents from the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation boarded the plane to the Philippines, the Malaysian police stopped them.

That was because, investigations revealed his Philippine passport was a fake, and that in reality, he was a Malaysian.

Therefore, deporting him to the Philippines had to be made in accordance with the Mutual Assistance Criminal Matters Act 2002.

Abdul Gani said, on Jan 25, Amalilio was arrested by the Malaysian police at Terminal Two, Kota Kinabalu International Airport in Sabah for possession of a fake foreign passport.

He said the arrest was to enable investigations under section 12(1)(d) of the Passport Act 1966.

"Subsequently, Amalilio was charged on Feb 4, and he pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment by the magistrate's court on the same day," added the attorney-general. - Bernama

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Malaysia Chinese New Year open house this Feb 16

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 06:09 AM PST

KUALA LUMPUR: Information, Communications and Culture Secretary-General Datuk Seri Kamaruddin Siaraf today officiated the pre-launch of the Malaysia Chinese New Year Open House 2013 at Pusat Bandar Puchong, near here.

The Malaysia Chinese New Year Open House 2013 (MRTM), to be held on Feb 16, is scheduled to be opened by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak at 8pm.

Kamaruddin said the ministry was organising the function so that all Malaysians could join in the festivities and joy of celebrating Chinese New Years with the Chinese community nationwide.

"This Chinese New Year, the government and non-governmental organisations (NGO) have carried out programmes including gotong-royong to bring all races closer," he said.

The celebrations to be held nationwide also hopes to increase awareness among Malaysians that Chinese New Year is the same as other celebrations.

During the launch, Kamaruddin distributed oranges, ang pows and invitations to the function to over a thousand people at the event.

Meanwhile, locals welcomed the government's idea to hold a Malaysia open house in their area.

A resident, Lim Yee Wai, 35, said he was proud that his neighbourhood was chosen as one of the hosts this year and said he couldn't believe the government gave attention to the area. - Bernama

Temple break-in accused charged in hospital ward

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 06:05 AM PST

SUNGAI SIPUT: A 24-year-old man who broke into a Hindu temple last year was charged in a ward at the Sungai Siput hospital here Friday.

S. Sothivanan, 24, who is being treated for a heart ailment, however, claimed trial to committing the offence at the Devi Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple at No.32, Jalan Kuala Kangsar here between 9.30pm on Oct 6, 2012 and 4.30am the following day.

He allegedly carted away RM10,000 worth of loot including three gold pieces, an ornament and RM250 cash.

Magistrate Ahmad Shamil Azad Abdul Hamid set bail at RM5,000 in one surety and fixed Mar 4 for re-mention. Deputy Public Prosecutor Hafizah Zahidah Abdullah prosecuted while counsel B. Balakrisnan represented the accused. - Bernama

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The Oscar race for Best Picture

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 04:39 AM PST

The 85th Academy Awards is just around the corner and movie fanatics are taking bets on which movie will win Best Picture.

Unfortunately for us in Malaysia, many of the nominated movies will either come later in the year or not at all.

So we're here to give you the low down on the nine nominated movies this year.

May the best movie win.


This French-language movie is also nominated as the Austrian entry for the Best Foreign Language Oscar. Directed by Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke, Amour stars Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva and Isabelle Huppert. The movie centers around retired music teachers Anne and Georges and the love they have for each other when Anne suffers a heart attack.

Amour was screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Palme d'Or. It also won big at the European Film Awards bagging the Best Film and Best Director awards. At the British Academy Film Awards is was nominated in four categories including Best Director and Best Leading Actress.


This American thriller is directed by Ben Affleck who also stars in it along side Oscar nominee Alan Arkin and Bryan Cranston.

Argo has already won the Best Picture and Best Director awards at this year's Golden Globes and the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

If the Globes are any indication, Argo will also take home the Best Picture Oscar this year. If Argo doesn't win Best Picture at the Oscars, it still has six other nominations to rely on including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Original Score.

Co-produced by Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov, Argo is a dramatisation of the 1980 CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six American diplomats taken hostage during the revolution in Iran.

Beast Of The Southern Wild

Nominated for four Oscars, this fantasy drama is directed by Benh Zeitlin who is also nominated for Best Director.

Shot with a small but professional crew and dozens of local residents in and around Louisiana, Beast Of The Southern Wild is about five-year-old Hushpuppy and her ailing yet hot-tempered dad, Wink and the courage and love the six-year-old has to muster to save him and her home from the melting ice-caps that will unleash the ancient creatures called aurochs.

Before being released in mainstream cinemas, Beast Of The Southern Wild played at several film festivals and was well received. It was designated a 2012 Critics' Pick by reviewers of The New York Times.

Quvenzhane Wallis who plays Hushpuppy is nominated in the Best Actress field making the nine-year-old the youngest ever Oscar nominee in that category.

Django Unchained

Directed by multiple-award winning director Quentin Tarantino, this epic western stars Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson.

One of the favourites with Hollywood movie critics, this movie follows a freed slave Django (Foxx) who travels the untamed American heartland with bounty hunter Schultz to rescue his wife from a brutal and ruthless plantation owner.

This violent and bloody movie has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Christoph Waltz) and Best Original Screenplay. At this year's Globes, Oscar-winning actor Waltz took home the award for Best Supporting Actor and Tarantino won the Best Screenplay.

Oddly enough the director is not nominated in the Best Director field.

Les Miserables

This is a musical based on the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo. Directed by Tom Hooper, who is also nominated in the Best Director category, Les Miserables is scripted by William Nicholson, Boublil Schonberg and Herbert Kretzmer and stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway in lead roles.

Set in 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean, an ex-convict who becomes the mayor of a town in France. He befriends a dying Fantine and agrees to care for her daughter Cosette while evading capture by police inspector Javert.

The plot spans 17 years and is chockablock with some of the well known Broadway tunes including Valjean's Soliloquy, I Dreamed A Dream and The Confrontation all sung by the actors.

Life Of Pi

Based on Yann Martel's novel of the same name, Life Of Pi is directed by acclaimed director Ang Lee.

Based on the adapted screenplay by David Magee, the movie stars newcomer Suraj Sharma and veteran actor Irrfan Khan. In the movie, Piscine Molitor 'Pi' Patel is a 16-year-old boy who survives a shipwreck which kills his entire family. Stranded in the Pacific Ocean on a lifeboat he shares with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Pi is forced to survive not only the harsh waters, the lack of food, but he also has to care for the tiger that's his only companion.

Life Of Pi opened to critical and commercial success at the New York Film Festival last September and had made over US$524 million worldwide. The film is nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Director, Best Visual Effects and Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film was originally tied to M. Night Shyamalan but when the director became unavailable, the task of filming the movie went to Alfonso Cuaron in March of 2005.

Cuaron however backed down late in 2005 and it was offered to Jean-Pierre Jeunet who began writing the adapted screenplay.

Eventually he too left the project and Ang Lee was approached. The director is nominated in the Best Director category.


This historical drama covers the final four months of former US President Abraham Lincoln's life. The icon is played by Oscar-winning actor and recent Golden Globe recipient Daniel Day-Lewis who is nominated for the Best Actor award.

The movie also stars veteran actors Sally Field, David Strathairn, Tommy Lee Jones and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It is directed by Oscar-winning director Steven Spielberg.

Lincoln has received widespread critical acclaim and has earned 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. The movie has earned over US$203 million at the box office.

Silver Linings Playbook

After a stint in a mental institution, former teacher Pat Solitano moves back with his parents and tries to reconcile with his ex-wife but things become more challenging when he meets Tiffany a mysterious girl with her own set of problems.

Silver Linings Playbook stars a couple of today's hottest stars, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by David O. Russell, the movie first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and opened in the US late last year. It was a major critical success earning Oscar nominations for Russell, Cooper and Lawrence.

Plans for the movie was originally made several years ago with Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella producing. However pre-production had to be put on hold after the untimely deaths of both men. After 25 rewrites over five years, Russell was ready to shoot a movie Pollack told him could be tricky because it was emotional, troubling as well as funny and romantic.

The gamble has paid off for the moviemakers. Silver Linings Playbook has raked in over US$56.7 million with predictions that it will hit the US$100 million mark.

Zero Dark Thirty

This controversial movie is a dramatization of the United States operation that found and eventually killed the most wanted man in history, Osama bin Laden. Produced by Mark Boal, Megan Ellison and director Kathryn Bigelow the movie presents the graphic portrayal of torture of suspects in order to gain information about the whereabouts of the master terrorist.

Republications in the Obama administration suggested that the filmmakers were given improper access to certain classified information, which the current administration has denied. Nevertheless, early this year the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee announced that they would review the contacts between the CIA and the filmmakers to find out whether Bigelow and Boal had access to classified documents.

Bigelow and writer Boal had originally planned for a movie about the unsuccessful efforts to find bin Laden, however two weeks before filming was about to begin for an already prepared script, news broke that US forces had captured and killed bin Laden.

Immediate plans were then made to start the project from scratch, however most of the research Boal did with counter-terrorism and military personal were still useful. The main character is based on a female CIA officer who remains undercover.

Many in the movie industry believe Bigelow was not nominated in the Best Director category because of the unwanted political attention the movie was getting.

Despite this, Zero Dark Thirty has been nominated for five Oscars and four Golden Globes (it won for Best Actress). The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association also awarded the Best Director accolade to Bigelow, the second time the honour has gone to a woman (the first also being Bigelow for The Hurt Locker).

So which movie will take home the Oscar for Best Picture? Tune in on 26 February.

Take the eCentral poll and tell us who you think ought to get the award.

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Boxing tournament attracts international fighters

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 04:03 AM PST

KUALA Lumpur's G. Ramkumar punched his way to providing joy for the hosts with his victory in the 69kg contest of the Kuala Lumpur City Day International Boxing Tournament at the Titiwangsa Stadium recently.

Despite trailing by three points (4-7) in the opening round, the 22-year-old boxing instructor bounced back strongly in the final two rounds for a 22-18 win over Mohd Azwadi Ismail from the Navy in the final.

Ramkumar said he was not concerned about the slow start as he found his rhythm to reduce the deficit and went on to chalk up a point advantage (11-10) at the end of the penultimate round.

"When my opponent shot ahead, I knew that I was going to catch up. The opening round served as an opportunity for me to get into the right momentum to find my way to subdue my opponent. I gained confidence with a respectable performance in the second round. I went on a high to pull away as I moved closer to secure the win in the decisive final round," he added.

Meanwhile, boxers from the Philippines showed they were a class above and flexed their command in the tussle for supremacy.

They captured five of the eight titles at stake through Jade Bornea (49kg), Roldan Jr Boncales (52kg), Jonas Bacho (56kg), Magliquian (60kg) and Eumir Felix Marcial (64kg).

Magliquian faced the stiffest test before he was declared the winner in a closely-contested bout with Abdullatef Mohamad Sadiq from Qatar with the final score level at 16-16.

Qatar's Hzam Ahmad Nabah had an easier stint without having to go the full distance in the first round for the top position on the podium in the 75kg section when the referee stopped the contest in his match-up against Arif Md Nor of Air Force.

Singapore also captured the top spot with Zakaria Ismail winning in the 81kg category. The champions pocketed US$1,000 each for their victories in their respective sections.

The recent six-day meet hosted by the Kuala Lumpur Amateur Boxing Association and Kuala Lumpur City Hall was held in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur City Day celebrations.

Besides the Malaysian contenders featuring under several banners, other foreign entries from Brunei, Hong Kong and Uzbekistan also joined the occasion.

RESULTS (all finals)

- 49kg: Jade Bornea (Phi) bt Mohamad Shahril Razni (Air Force) 13-11 - 52kg: Roldan Jr Boncales (Phi) bt Mohamed Hanurdeen Hami (Sin) 20-9

- 56kg: Jonas Bacho (Phi) bt Mohamed Ajmil Hamid (Sin) 15-8

- 60kg: Magliquian (Phi) bt Abdullatef Mohamad Sadiq (Qtr) 16-16 - 64kg: Eumir Felix Marcial (Phi) bt Wan Mohd Ridzuan Wan Aziz (Air Force) 14-4

- 69kg: G. Ramkumar (Kuala Lumpur) bt Mohd Azwadi Ismail (Navy) 22-18

- 75kg: Hzam Ahmad Nabah (Qtr) bt Arif Md Nor (Air Force) Referee stopped contest

- 81kg: Zakaria Ismail (Sin) bt Davron Kurinboyev (Kuala Lumpur) 12-7

New training camp to help Malaysian triathletes scale greater heights

Posted: 08 Feb 2013 03:59 AM PST

THE newly set-up Malaysian Elite Triathlon (MET) will be providing a firm stepping stone for promising athletes to pursue their dreams in scaling greater heights in the multi-sport endurance race at international meets.

For a start, the training camp, under the care of coach Steve Lumley, said it wants to inspire trainees in registering significant breakthroughs at competitions under the International Triathlon Union (ITU) championships calendar, especially in the South-East Asian region this year.

"We have created a systematic training environment for the athletes to go through the paces on their own as well as with support from team members in the group.

"Besides doing well at the domestic races, it is important that we take a brave step forward to compete against stronger competitors from other countries in higher-level international championships.

"We have to guide the youngsters to set realistic goals in a more competitive environment," Steve said.

They formed the core group comprising a total of 10 athletes in the MET training squad when they named the side at the end of last year.

Among the athletes in the line-up are Edan Syah, Hafiz Farez, Kev Teh Kuok Yuen, Barry Lee, Aldrian Yeo, Irene Chong, Rikigoro Shinozuka, Nik Eman Qairul, Edwin Thiang and Lee Teng Wei.

"It was an easy task to pick the team. We have seen majority of them in action in recent years. Several of them wrote to us and requested to be included in the team. We are sure that we can still beef up the team's set-up with unknown potential candidates out there," said Steve, adding that athletes with sound background in swimming will have an advantage in joining the team.

Recently, national top ranked boys' Junior Elite (16 to 19 years) triathlete Rikigoro confirmed his entry for the upcoming Geelong International Triathlon Union (ITU) Sprint Oceania Cup in Australia on Feb 9 and 10.

The 18-year-old Rikigoro holds a personal best of 1'04:10 when he finished as the runner-up in the sprint distance of 750m in the water followed by a 20km bicycle ride before the final leg of a 5km run in the men's 14-to-25 age group at last season's Port Dickson International Triathlon last year.

Steve said it was too early in the season to set high targets for Rikigoro to produce outstanding results.

"He (Rikigoro) is in good condition. He has been training alongside the national cycling team to experience the intense race temperament for the cycling leg.

"We have studied the layout of the course in Geelong from the information provided on the Internet. It is going to fast going around the flat course. As the sole Malaysian and probably the only Asian in the field, it is a good experience for him to gain valuable exposure matching his challengers from Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Ireland and the United States," he added.

Meanwhile, MET are also planning a strong representation with their trainees taking part at the Nakhon Si Thammarat ITU Triathlon Asian Cup in Thailand on March 16 and 17.

And Rikigoro is also expected to step up for his attempt tackling the longer Olympic distance event comprising 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run in Thailand.

For details on the team, visit www.myelitetriathlon.com.

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Loading up your day’s essentials with goodness from nature

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 06:09 PM PST

Protein is found in every single cell in the body. An important building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood, high quality protein provides all of the essential amino acids needed by healthy adults and growing children. People who don't get enough of this important macronutrient will lack energy, and they will see their muscles and immune systems weaken.

To help people meet their daily protein needs, leading direct selling company Amway is introducing NUTRILITE™ All Plant Protein Powder which helps to load up your day's essentials by unlocking more goodness from nature. The unique tri-blend of soy, wheat and pea provides the right combination of proteins and amino acids to keep you feeling healthy and energetic, without animal products or dairy side effects.

"As one of the macronutrient foundations of a balanced diet, protein needs to be consumed each day to maintain health," says Gene Maly, Senior NUTRILITE Research Scientist. "Most people have difficulty consuming the recommended amount of protein in their diet, which is why adding a high quality protein source, like NUTRILITE All Plant Protein Powder, helps people give their bodies the fuel to power their cells, provide energy to their bodies, and with the recommended amount of 25 grams of soy protein per day, also helps to reduce cholesterol."

But most people associate protein with meat, poultry, eggs and dairy. In today's world, that isn't always what people want to hear. Many people want to incorporate as many plant-based options as they can into their diets.

A simple observation Many of the essential amino acids found in NUTRILITE's previous version of Protein Powder came from dairy, essentially from cows.

In the history of NUTRILITE, observing the diet of cows signified an "ah-ha" moment for its founder, Carl Rehnborg. After a return from China in the early nineteen hundreds he made a simple observation that the healthiest cows ate a diet of alfalfa and water -- they had shinier coats, they produced the most milk, and they gained the most weight. He realized that for cows to thrive, they needed the essential nutrients found in plants like alfalfa.

Today, NUTRILITE scientists have taken Carl Rehnborg's observation one step further by going back to the natural source, creating a plant-based protein powder that provides all of the essential amino acids people need in their diets to maintain cellular health throughout their body. This simple idea has resulted in NUTRILITE All Plant Protein Powder.

Protein keeps us feeling healthy by acting as a cell repair nutrient, it provides energy by producing hemoglobin – the red blood cells that carry oxygen throughout our bodies, it builds lean muscle, and it supports the immune system by manufacturing antibodies, the substances that fight off illness.

- This article is brought to you by Amway

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Second bank sues Mary J. Blige for default

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 10:24 PM PST

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - R&B star Mary J. Blige was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday alleging the Grammy-winning singer had defaulted on a US$500,000 loan - the second such legal action against her in three months.

According to the lawsuit filed by Bank of America in New York State Supreme Court, Blige took out the loan in 2005 and stopped making re-payments in June 2012.

Bank of America said Blige, who has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, now owes US$511,324 in principal and interest on the loan, which it is seeking to recoup.

Blige's publicist did not respond to request for comment on the latest lawsuit, which was follows legal action in November 2012 by Signature Bank over an alleged default on a US$2.2 million bank loan by the singer and her husband.

The Family Affair singer's charity, The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now, was accused in 2012 of mishandling funds and cheating scholarship students.

Blige has attributed the problems at the charity to a former staffer at the foundation and pledged to make sure that grants and scholarships are paid out to send young women to college.

Kylie Minogue joins Jay-Z's music label

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 10:14 PM PST

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Australian Grammy-award winning singer Kylie Minogue, whose hits include Come Into My World, moved to rapper Jay-Z's Roc Nation music label, the company said on its website.

Minogue (pic) left British label EMI, which had been taken over by Universal, last year and parted with her longtime manager, Terry Blamey, last month after 25 years together.

She joins Rihanna, Shakira, MIA and other artists at the New York-based entertainment company which will increase her presence in the United States. Jay-Z created the company in 2008 with ticketing and promotional business Live Nation.

"We would like to welcome Aussie singer, recording artist, songwriter, actress and designer Kylie Minogue to the Roc Nation family!" the company said on its website.

Minogue, who survived breast cancer after being diagnosed in 2005, will appear with Timbaland at a benefit concert presented by Roc Nation and Three Six Zero, the London-based music management company, after the Grammy Awards on Sunday.

During her 25-year career she has released 11 studio albums, two live CDs, eight live concert DVDs, a greatest hits double album and multiple video packages, according to Roc Nation.

She also had 50 hit singles and has sold 68 million albums worldwide.

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Cheroh landfill to close and new 20ha site identified

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 04:49 PM PST

RAUB: The landfill in Cheroh near here will be closed down by the end of next year, Housing and Local Governent Minister Datuk Seri Chor Chee Heung said.

Chor said the landfill which had served residents in the district for many years was nearing its capacity.

"Garbage up to some 45 metric tonnes are being dumped into the site every day.

"Presently, work is being carried out to cover up the site and minimise the foul stench from affecting nearby residents," he said after presenting free rubbish bins to residents here.

Also present were Tourism Minister and Raub MP Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen and Pahang state executive councillor Datuk Hoh Khai Mun.

Chor said the district council had identified a new 20ha site to build a new landfill.

He said all the necessary preparations including technical studies such as environment impact assessment were being done.

"We hope the new landfill will be ready on time when the old site cease operations.

"The authorities have been told to monitor the development closely including the possible impact on the environment and air quality," he said.

Chor said in addition, solid waste concessionaire Alam Flora had also been instructed to keep tabs on the dumping process by its garbage trucks and look for ways to reduce foul stench.

He said a new garbage separation area would be set up in the new site costing about RM3.5mil to sort out items which could be recycled.

"We hope the public can play a role to recycle their garbage and reduce households waste as opening up new landfills is not a viable solution," he said.

DBKK extends parking fee penalty to Feb 28

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 02:51 PM PST

KOTA KINABALU: Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) has extended the city's parking fee penalty period to Feb 28 in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

The parking amnesty programme announced by DBKK early this year was supposed to have ended on Jan 31 but has been extended due to requests from the public.

DBKK Holding Sdn Bhd executive director Kenny Chan said the extension was also City Hall's appreciation to the public and to celebrate the 13th anniversary of the city on Feb 2.

"Motorists have appealed for the extension of the programme due to financial constraints especially after celebrating Christmas, New Year, the new school term and now the Chinese New Year," he said.

The people need not have pay the parking penalties for late payment but only pay the actual parking fees charged.

Several parking counters around the city have been opened from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays and from 8.30am to 12.30pm on weekends.

For more information, the public can contact the parking management at 088-270181/270182.

Cash aid given to 300 needy famililes

Posted: 07 Feb 2013 04:50 PM PST

YONG PENG: A total of RM103,000 was disbursed to over 300 underprivileged families of various backgrounds in the Ayer Hitam parliamentary constituency last year.

Those who received the aid in the form of cash were patients with chronic diseases, disabled people, single mothers and the poor.

On Sunday, Ayer Hitam MP Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong also presented cash aid and mandarin oranges to 141 needy individuals and families in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration.

He said the event organised with the collaboration from Lions club was carried for the ninth consecutive year since he became the Member of Parliament here.

"The Lions club helps us by identifying and recommending those who are in need of assistance and we are giving out aid worth more than RM40,000 today," he said.

Dr Wee added that the government was a caring one and carried out all kinds of programmes to help its people such as 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M), and others.

Earlier, Dr Wee also spent time visiting five patients at their home in Yong Peng and Ayer Hitam.

Non-government organisations were also not forgotten during the festive celebration when 18 of them received a total of RM132,500 allocations from Dr Wee during a ceremony held at Yong Peng recently.

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