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More than just a cloth

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
The Bohemian Limited Edition is inspired by untamed beauty of wild flowers in a meadow.

To celebrate all women in modest wear and being comfortable in their own skin, TudungPeople hijab has launched its second Eid Collection.

TUDUNG PEOPLE wants women to be confident wearing the hijab in a variety of styles and colours.

Its Eid Collection celebrates women of different ages, sizes, complexions, lifestyles and backgrounds. This is the second year running that TudungPeople has launched its Eid Collection.

Founder Fazrena Abdul Aziz says TudungPeople hijab has been perceived as only for young women.With the Eid Collection, she wants tocorrect the perception.

“Whether you are single, married, young or not so young, we want women to be comfortable in their own skin.

“From prints to plain, small to big with embellishments, the TudungPeople Eid collection has a hijab foreveryone.”

The collection comprises shawl – instant, square and printed – in more than 12 colours.

Nadra instant shawl comes with attached soft cotton lycra inner, accessorised with original Swarovski crystals.

There are two main styles — Stones and Swarovski, and Limited Edition Prints.

In the Stones and Swarovski collection, there are five designs namely Zayra, Ayra, Arraynaa, Rana and Nadra.

Using satin, silk cotton and satin silk, the simple yet beautiful designs are embellished with Swarovski crystals and finished off with gold metal plates.

Floral  Take:

The Limited Edition Prints are inspired by flowers in vibrant and colourful designs.

The Bohemian design is inspired by the beauty of wildflowers in a meadow, Simpor is based on the yellow flower, which is the national bloom of Brunei. There are designs inspired by the carnation and orchid.

The flower is the core element of the limited edition designs as it symbolises women – beautiful and strong.

“Every year, nature inspires our hijab but this year’s Eid collection is more special because we incorporate flowers.

“Each collection carries different meanings; the Simpor series highlights the warm and beautiful Bruneians. Simpor speaks of elegance and royalty.

“The Bohemian limited edition series derives from the bursts of vibrant colours and beauty of wild flowers in a meadow.”

The Eid 2017 collection includes Arraynaa and Sanaa instant, for stylish women who prefer easy-to-wear hijab.

In the premium basics collection, the Hawa design is made from cotton crepe and is suitable for women who are wearing hijab for the first time.

The Nluxe is one of TudungPeople best-selling shawls while the Ayra premium bawal is perfect for a demure look.

The Eid Collection is made of satin silk, cotton silk, soft lycra cotton, chiffon crepe, chiffon and cotton crepe.

In addition to the beautiful designs and colours, the sizes of the hijab are large and cover the chest and back, perfect for women who want to be fashionable and modest.

By Kasmiah Mustapha.

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Kadazandusun beauties

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Kota Kinabalu: 44 “Sumandaks” from all over the State, as well as Klang Valley and Johor, will vie for the Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan crown at the State-level pageant at Hongkod Koisaan KDCA, Penampang, on Wednesday.

The aspirants are Aurelia Elean Tay (Kunak), Flora Fabian (Libaran), Natisha Nordin (Kemabong), Jelisha Johny Jerome (Sipitang), Rozainie Roverto (Tungku), Viveliany Jani (Semporna), Teo Yen Nah (Pagalungan), Jeacyquelyne Albert (Kinabatangan), Sharlina Gilbert Mojinun (Klang Valley); Kristina Bulu Yohanis (Inanam), Jeannifer Wong Qiu Soeng (Membakut), Amy Clevenna Johanes (Beluran), Beevia J.Nielson (Johor), Elly Rosellay Lowzine (Tamparuli), Angelia O’Drie Leong (Ranau), Meralin Jeffarin (Nabawan), Therestika Jesmi (Matunggong), Gillian Gwyneth Henry (Lahad Datu); Atitih Yati Robert (Kota Marudu), Feliscia Florens Jame (Paitan), Marcellina A.Pius Ganis (Telupid), Edna Joy (Sook), Illyka Chanthy Taimin (Pitas), Bryna Annabelle Bonaventure (Beaufort), Francisca Ester Nain (Kota Belud), Michelle George Minsul (Tenom), Elisia Erick (Menumbok), Isabelle Lansing (Putatan); Angel Sungkadhamai Marshal @ Linus (Likas), Cyirlla Loraine Collins John (Kudat), Laulita Ambrose (Keningau), Kerinah Mah (Kota Kinabalu), Bibiana Artecca James (Tambunan), Aniz Lyn Delnes (Kiulu), Vanessa Claria (Tuaran), Shareene Francis Loudin (Penampang), Nicole Olivia Alvera Pagrios @ Petrus (Sandakan); Evlyn Richard (Tongod), Kristen Itin (Labuan), Suzziereen Helly Guan Poh (Kuala Penyu), Monessa Dyanne Dagul (Kapayan), Arveyna Pamella Januin @ Abdon (Papar) and Carrey Evanne Kim Lee (Karambunai).

Also present was State-level Unduk Ngadau Kaamatan 2016 Sherry Anne Laujang

by Ricardo Unto.

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Revert retirement age of govt staff to 55: Kurup

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Keningau: The Federal and State governments have been urged to consider reverting the retirement age of civil servants to 55 so that more graduates will have the opportunity to be employed.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Joseph Kurup (pic) said there was a need to review existing policies, including on retirement age, as there have been more graduates coming out of higher learning institutions.

He noted that 170,000 students graduate from higher learning institutions annually but there are only about 6,000 job openings in both the Federal and State governments.

“I will propose 55 as the retirement age of civil servants like it used to be, so as to give a chance for graduates to be employed,” he said.

He said the Government was concerned over the issue of graduates struggling to get employment after spending years to earn their diploma or degree.

The Pensiangan Member of Parliament said this when briefing community leaders on the Government’s TN2050 agenda.

Meanwhile, a former community leader from Senagang, Hayang Gindawai, called on the Government to invest more on education development in Pensiangan.

by  Uhim Wong.

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Sarawak to set up multimedia authority

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

KUCHING: The Sarawak Multi­media Authority (SMA) will be set up by next January to govern the development and management of the state’s digital economy push.

Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said he would take charge of the SMA’s formation.

SMA will set policies and stan­dards in key areas such as digital infrastructure, cybersecurity, digital government, e-commerce, talent development, research and development, and start-ups in digital technology.

“It shall be guided by a board of directors who are experts in va­­rious aspects of the digital world,” he told the state assembly in his winding-up speech yesterday.

Abang Johari added that the SMA would set up the Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC) and Centre of Excellence for Digital Economy.

He said SDEC, which will be fully owned by the state government, would implement policies and programmes for the development of a digital Sarawak.

“It will undertake projects and encourage private sector participation,” he added.

The Centre of Excellence will conduct R&D activities and advise SMA on developments which require a change in policy or standards.

To encourage start-ups, Abang Johari said the state government would allocate RM10mil annually for the Sarawak Digital Start-Up Fund, which will provide allowan­ces for young technopreneurs.
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Don’t delay projects, ministries told

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

PUTRAJAYA: Do not delay project implementation because it takes time to plan its kick-off, the Chief Secretary to the Govern­ment warned ministries and agencies.

Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa said once allocations were channelled, projects must be carried out immediately instead of delaying them.

“Ministries and agencies cannot give the excuse that they need another three months to plan after they are given the budget. Once the money is in, it’s time for the project to start.

“We want things to be done fast so that whatever benefits people are supposed to enjoy, they will get them,” he said after presenting excellent service awards to 1,070 staff members from 79 departments, agencies and divisions under the Prime Minister’s Depart­ment yesterday.
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Fast-moving cyberattacks wreak havoc worldwide

Saturday, May 13th, 2017
In this posed picture photograph, a woman points to the website of the NHS: East and North Hertfordshire notifying users of a problem in its network, in London. Several British hospitals were hit by cyber attacks on Friday, the country’s health service said, forcing some to divert ambulances to other clinics and urge people not to try to contact their doctors. AFP
By AFP - May 13, 2017 @ 6:45am

WASHINGTON: A fast-moving wave of cyberattacks swept the globe Friday, apparently exploiting a flaw exposed in documents leaked from the US National Security Agency.

The attacks – which experts said affected dozens of countries – used a technique known as ransomware that locks users’ files unless they pay the attackers a designated sum in the virtual currency Bitcoin.

Affected by the onslaught were computer networks at hospitals in Britain, Russia’s interior ministry, the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the US delivery firm FedEx and many other organizations.

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre and its National Crime Agency were looking into the UK incidents, which disrupted care at National Health Service facilities.

“This is not targeted at the NHS, it’s an international attack and a number of countries and organizations have been affected,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Russia’s interior ministry said that some of its computers had been hit by a “virus attack” and that efforts were underway to destroy it.

The US Department of Homeland Security’s computer emergency response team said it was aware of ransomware infections “in several countries around the world.”

Jakub Kroustek of the security firm Avast said in a blog post update around 2000 GMT, “We are now seeing more than 75,000 detections… in 99 countries.”

Kaspersky researcher Costin Raiu cited 45,000 attacks in 74 countries, saying that the malware, a self-replicating “worm,” was spreading quickly.

In a statement, Kaspersky Labs said it was “trying to determine whether it is possible to decrypt data locked in the attack – with the aim of developing a decryption tool as soon as possible.”

“It’s unequivocally scary,” said John Dickson of the Denim Group, a US security consultancy.

Dickson said the malware itself, which exploits a flaw in Windows, was not new but that adding the ransomware “payload” made it especially dangerous.

“I’m watching how far this propagates and when governments get involved,” he said.

The malware’s name is WCry, but analysts were also using variants such as WannaCry.

Forcepoint Security Labs said in a statement that the attack had “global scope” and was affecting networks in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy and Mexico.

In the United States, FedEx acknowledged it had been hit by malware and was “implementing remediation steps as quickly as possible.”

Britain’s National Health Service declared a “major incident” after the attack, which forced some hospitals to divert ambulances and scrap operations.

Pictures posted on social media showed screens of NHS computers with images demanding payment of US$300 (275 euros) in Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”

It demands payment in three days or the price is doubled, and if none is received in seven days, the files will be deleted, according to the screen message.

A hacking group called Shadow Brokers released the malware in April claiming to have discovered the flaw from the NSA, Kaspersky said.

Although Microsoft released a security patch for the flaw earlier this year, many systems have yet to be updated, researchers said.

“Unlike most other attacks, this malware is spreading primarily by direct infection from machine to machine on local networks, rather than purely by email,” Lance Cottrell, chief scientist at the US technology group Ntrepid.

“The ransomware can spread without anyone opening an email or clicking on a link.”

The sort of ransom demands have been growing precedent at medical facilities. In February 2016, a Los Angeles hospital, the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, paid US$17,000 in Bitcoin to hackers who took control of its computers for more than a week.

“Ransomware becomes particularly nasty when it infects institutions like hospitals, where it can put people’s lives in danger,” said Kroustek, the Avast analyst.

A spokesman for Barts Health NHS Trust in London said it was experiencing “major IT disruption” and delays at all four of its hospitals.

“We have activated our major incident plan to make sure we can maintain the safety and welfare of patients,” the spokesman said. “Ambulances are being diverted to neighbouring hospitals.”

Two employees at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, which is part of Barts Health, told AFP that all the computers in the hospital had been turned off.

Caroline Brennan, 41, went to the hospital to see her brother, who had open heart surgery.

“They told us there was a problem. They said the system was down and that they cannot transfer anyone till the computer system was back up,” Brennan said.

by AFP.

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Emergency support for dragon boat race

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Nordin (eighth left), Goh (seventh left), Susan (sixth left) and the FCAS committee.

KOTA KINABALU: The Fire and Rescue Department will provide emergency aid to the Fourth Sabah FCAS International Dragon Boat Race 2017 organised by The Federation of Chinese Associations Sabah (FCAS) on May 13 and 14 to ensure the race will proceed safely under the supervision of the rescue team.

FCAS led by its president Datuk Seri Panglima (Dr) T.C. Goh and the first vice president cum organising chairlady of the dragon boat race, Datuk Susan Wong, called on Sabah Fire and Rescue Service Department director Nordin B. Pauz and  invited him to attend the Sunset Beach Welcoming Party to be held on May 12 at 6.30pm at Likas Bay.

Nordin said a rescue team consisting of an ambulance with paramedic and a speedboat with scuba divers would be on stand by at the race venue.

The race offers prizes with a total cash value of RM77,000 and open for registration to both local and international teams. Participation from associations and corporates are highly encouraged to compete for the ample awards provided while promoting Chinese culture.

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City Hall to ensure KK becomes highly competitive

Friday, April 28th, 2017


Yeo (left) receives a memento from Albert as Edward (centre) looks on

KOTA KINABALU: DBKK will ensure that this city will be one of the most competitive in the country. As such, Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai wants the proposed Kota Kinabalu Competitiveness Master Plan to consider aspects such as economy, education and culture.

The master plan should not just focus on building structures and infrastructure development, the mayor said. He said the master plan for Kota Kinabalu is unique because it covers all aspects to ensure this city becomes more competitive.

The federal government has allocated DBKK RM3 million to implement research for the master plan which is expected to be completed in eight months.

“I want to express my gratitude to the federal government for its financial support towards research works to prepare the master plan,” he said at the master plan workshop here on Wednesday.

As one of Malaysia’s major cities, Kota Kinabalu is chosen under the 11th Malaysia Plan as a catalyst to spur economic growth.

Besides Kota Kinabalu, the competitive master plan also includes Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Johor Baharu. The plan is based on six principles which among others include increasing economic density, widening transit-based developments and strengthening knowledge-based cluster developments.

Yeo said research for the master plan was implemented with the collaboration of various parties, both local and international consultants.

These consultants have wide knowledge in implementing research work for similar master plans in other locations, he said.


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British PM calls for early general election on June 8.

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing Street to make a statement to the media in central London on April 18, 2017. - AFP

British Prime Minister Theresa May walks out of 10 Downing Street to make a statement to the media in central London on April 18, 2017. – AFP

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May called Tuesday for an early general election on June 8 in a surprise announcement as Britain prepares for delicate negotiations on leaving the European Union.

“We need a general election and we need one now. We have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done… before the detailed talks begin,” May said, despite previously denying that she would do so.

Speaking outside her Downing Street residence in London, May warned that “division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of Brexit”.

She said parliament would be asked to vote Wednesday to decide on whether or not to hold an election.

The dramatic announcement comes after months of tumult in British politics following the Brexit vote.

A round of opinion polls over the Easter weekend also showed her Conservative Party far ahead of the main opposition Labour Party.

The Conservatives polled at between 38% and 46%, with Labour at 23% to 29%, according to the polls by YouGov, ComRes and Opinium.

The poll lead had prompted many senior Conservatives to call for an election, particularly as May will need a strong parliamentary majority as she seeks to negotiate Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The Conservatives currently have a working majority of just 17 from the last election in 2015 and some of their MPs have indicated they could vote against the government on key aspects of Brexit legislation.

EU leaders except May are set to hold a summit on April 29 where they will agree on the strategy for negotiating Britain’s expected departure in 2019.

The negotiations themselves are not expected to start until May or June at the earliest. The European Commission has said it wants the exit talks to be concluded by October 2018 at the latest.

Britain’s next election was due to have been held in 2020 – a date enshrined in legislation according to which elections have to be held every five years in May.

But the law can be overruled if two-thirds of lawmakers in the British parliament vote in favour of early elections – something that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has previously indicated he would do.

Corbyn, a veteran socialist with support on the left of the party, won the Labour leadership in September 2015 after the party’s defeat in that year’s election.

High approval rating

Corbyn, 67, enjoys grassroots support from left-wingers but is opposed by most of the party’s more centrist lawmakers, who say that Labour under his leadership is not appealing to the middle classes.

May in contrast has scored consistently well in terms of personal popularity and polls have shown approval of her handling of the run-up to Brexit negotiations.

When asked who they thought would be the best prime minister, 50% of respondents in the YouGov poll said Theresa May and only 14% Corbyn.

May came to power in July 2016 after her predecessor David Cameron resigned following the shock Brexit referendum vote in June for which he had campaigned for Britain to stay in the European Union.

The 60-year-old vicar’s daughter is Britain’s second prime minister after Margaret Thatcher and many commentators have drawn comparisons to the steely determination of the “Iron Lady”.

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KFC brings in smiles to eight homes in Sabah

Saturday, April 15th, 2017

KOTA KINABALU: Eight charitable organizations in Sabah were chosen as beneficiaries to receive contributions totalling RM80,000 as part of KFC’s Add Hope Distribution Programme.

The recipients who are part of the 40 charitable homes selected throughout Malaysia were Rumah Anak Kesayangan, Rumah Anak Yatim As-Sakinah, Rumah Amal Kasih, Rumah Putera Harapan, The Hospice Association of Sandakan, Sabah, Holy Family Residence for Senior Citizens, Rumah Kanak-Kanak Don Bosco, Persatuan Untuk Orang Pekak Tawau. Each home received RM10,000.

“KFC Malaysia is happy and proud to be able to give back to the society. We would also like to take this opportunity to once again thank our customers for their kind contribution towards the Add Hope fund.

“Because of the generosity shown by our customers, we are able to collect the funds and in turn distribute it to deserving individuals all across Malaysia”, said KFC East Malaysia Senior General Manager Lo Yu Foh during the mock cheque presentations ceremony held at KFC Bandaran Berjaya recently.

Add Hope is a yearly initiative by KFC Malaysia to help eradicate world hunger. This year’s campaign will be launched on May 2017 with a list of enthusiastic efforts in raising funds, said Lo

Similar to previous years, he said the three-month campaign will have donation boxes placed at KFC outlets nationwide.


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