• Luggage piece found on French island near possible MH370 debris

    Part of a bag was found Thursday on the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion not far from plane debris which has fuelled speculation it may be from missing flight MH370. "The piece of luggage was here since yesterday but nobody really paid attention," said Johnny Begue, a member of a local clean-up association who found the long piece of wreckage believed to be a part of a plane wing. Local air transport police who have been studying the plane debris also picked up the piece of luggage on Thursday.

    AFP News
  • Riddle of missing flight MH370 has confounded experts

    In what remains one of the biggest mysteries in the history of civil aviation, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 without a trace. An explanation for the event, officially declared an accident by Malaysian authorities in late January, might become possible if a large piece of debris found on the Indian Ocean island of La Reunion this week turns out to be part of the ill-fated Boeing 777. Here is what we know about MH370: The doomed flight took off from the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur at 00:41 am on Saturday, March 8, 2014 (1641 GMT Friday) with 239 people on board, including 227 passengers, of which 153 were Chinese, headed for Beijing.

    AFP News
  • Indian scientist explains why we shouldn't drink Coke

    Melbourne, July 30 (ANI): While the fizzy cola drink is loved by most people in the world, an Indian scientist has now shown what Coca-Cola does to your body up to an after you gulp it down, and it is not good. On his blog Truth Theory, Niraj Naik has outlined the health issues and alarming findings, News.com.au reported. After 20 minutes, the body's blood sugar spikes giving an insulin burst and the liver responds by turning sugar into fat.

    ANI
  • Newcastle seal Mbemba swoop

    Newcastle have completed the signing of Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba, the Premier League club confirmed on Thursday. The Magpies agreed the deal in principle with Belgian club Anderlecht last weekend, but Mbemba was unable to seal his move while he waited for paperwork issues to be resolved. The 20-year-old DR Congo international has now been granted governing body endorsement (GBE) at a Football Association panel hearing on Thursday, and will be able to launch his Newcastle career once he gets visa clearance.

    AFP News
  • Hong Kong woman jailed for attacking police with breast

    A Hong Kong woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half months in jail Thursday after a court found her guilty of using her breast to bump into a police officer during a chaotic protest. Thirty-year-old Ng Lai-ying, who took part in a protest against mainland Chinese cross-border traders in March, was sentenced to three months and 15 days for the charge of "assaulting a police officer". "If I do not hand down a deterring sentence, the public might mistakenly think it is a trivial matter to assault police officers during protests," magistrate Michael Chan said, according to the Post.

    AFP News
  • You won’t believe that these actresses are in their 40s

    On July 24th, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her 46th birthday. Jennifer Lopez has always been in great shape – she started her career as a “Fly Girl,” after all – but over the years her body has become something more iconic. In an effort to get the rest of us up to speed, she recently launched the #BeTheGirl challenge, which encourages fans to help her combat obesity in America.

    simoneolivero
  • China says U.S. "militarising" South China Sea

    China's Defence Ministry on Thursday accused the United States of "militarising" the South China Sea by staging patrols and joint military drills there, ramping up the rhetoric ahead of a key regional security meeting in Malaysia next week. China has repeatedly urged Washington not to take sides in the escalating maritime dispute over the area, where the Asian giant last year stepped up its creation of artificial islands, alarming neighbours and provoking U.S. criticism. Washington has demanded China halt land reclamation and militarisation of the disputed area and pursue a peaceful resolution according to international law.

    Reuters
  • Singapore Airlines releases seven A350 jet orders back to Airbus

    Singapore Airlines has agreed to a request from Airbus to release seven of its A350-900 widebody jet orders back to the aircraft manufacturer, the carrier said in a statement. This reduces the airline's A350s on order to 63, it said, in a series of adjustments to orders and deliveries to meet the immediate needs of the airline and the plane maker. Its purchase options for 20 of the wide-body A350-900s remain unchanged, the airline said.

    Reuters
  • After depression, diet ended NBA career, ex-lottery pick Sweetney playing for $1M

    Over the past three weeks, a whopping 97 teams featuring more than 500 players with pro experience — including a reported 125 players who've logged NBA or D-League time — have been whittled down to just four, who will battle it out in New York on Saturday in a pair of semifinal matchups for the right to face off in Sunday's final for the championship, the bragging rights and the grand prize of $1 million. Antz Alumni, which reunites the Fort Wayne Mad Antz squad that won the 2013-14 D-League championship, includes Stephen Graham, who starred with twin brother Joey at Oklahoma State and spent six seasons in the NBA, and former Wisconsin big man Brian Butch. Arizona-based Team 23 features D-League All-Stars Larry Owens and Zach Andrews.

    Ball Don't Lie
  • Explain status of 1MDB task force to public, BN MP urges Najib

    Umno lawmaker Datuk Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir today urged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to publicly explain what is to become of a special taskforce probing 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), amid concerns that the investigation could be affected by the abrupt change of the Attorney-General (AG). The Kulim Bandar Baru MP said said the onus falls on Najib to justify the move, since Tan Sri Gani Patail was — until Tuesday’s announcement — heading the special taskforce formed to probe claims of misappropriation involving the state-owned firm. “We are worried that the sudden change of AG especially at the last stages of the investigation would give a negative perception towards the government,” Abdul Aziz said when met outside axed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s house today.

    The Malay Mail Online
  • Is this the best buy in Singapore’s car market?

    SINGAPORE — It’s longer than an Audi A8 3.0 TFSI and its engine produces more torque. It even has a quattro system of sorts. It offers more size and power than any car in its price range. The catch? It’s a Nissan pick-up truck.This new NP300 Navara is

    CarBuyer Singapore
  • Twitter stock jumps after 2Q revenue grows sharply

    Twitter surprised investors with a strong earnings report Tuesday even as the company searches for a permanent CEO and faces ongoing challenges growing its user base. San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. posted a loss of $136.7 million, or 21 cents per share, in the April-June period. Adjusted earnings were 7 cents per share, above the 5 cents that analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research had expected.

    Associated Press
  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

    As she eyes the colourful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centres, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat -- but not only for the shopping. A museum or a zoo isn't a place you go to more than once." With their functions expanding from shopping and dining to venues for Catholic mass, Zumba workouts or even weddings, experts say malls are taking on a more important role at the heart of communities. - City lungs 'lost' - As the Philippines' population has boomed in recent decades, soaring from 68 million in 1995 to 100 million in 2015, creeping urbanisation has magnified the appeal of malls to residents and businesses alike.

    AFP News
  • Executive, daughter on college trip killed in plane crash

    The victims of fiery plane crash in Milwaukee were identified Thursday as a top executive at a Boston capital investment firm and his teenage daughter who were traveling to the Midwest for a college visit. Joseph Trustey, a former Army captain, and his 18-year-old daughter, Anna, died when their small single-engine plane crashed and erupted in flames Wednesday evening at Timmerman Airport, according to Summit Partners, where Trustey was an executive. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, and there was no immediate word on what caused the crash.

    Associated Press 50 mins ago
  • STRIP NAKED: Hill clearing activity, the size of a football field, detected near Bukit Relau

    GEORGE TOWN: Another illegal hill clearing activity, has reared its ugly head near Bukit Relau on the island. The bald patch, the size of at least a football field, is visible from afar. Motorists using the Penang Bridge will not miss it.

    New Straits Times
  • What Happened To Harry Potter's Dudley Dursley?

    Young actor Harry Melling brought the character to life for the movie series, largely opposite Daniel Radcliffe’s boy wizard (you can check him out in action below). The 26-year-old star has acting in his blood… he is the grandson of Patrick Troughton, the second Doctor from ‘Doctor Who, and nephew to actors Michael and David Troughton.

    ben-arnold
  • Tokyo Olympics logo design ruffles feathers abroad

    Tokyo's 2020 Olympic emblem has triggered controversy and threats of possible legal action in Europe due to its resemblance to the logo of a Belgian theatre and a separate Spanish design. In the latest public relations blow to Tokyo after plans for its $2 billion Olympic stadium were ditched, a Belgium-based designer took to social media to register surprise over the similarities between the logos. "Striking when you know the Liege Theatre logo has been regularly shared on Pinterest," Studio Debie wrote on its Facebook page.

    AFP News
  • IMF says it will not join new Greece bailout right now

    The International Monetary Fund said Thursday it would not join a new bailout program for Greece until conditions for debt sustainability, including debt relief and economic reforms, are clearly assured. "In order to ensure that medium term sustainability, there is a need for difficult decisions on both sides... difficult decisions in Greece regarding reforms, and difficult decisions among Greece's European partners about debt relief," a senior IMF official said. In the meeting, according to the FT report, IMF staff stressed that Athens needed more progress on reforms, and the country's European Union creditors needed more clear commitment on debt relief, before the Fund could join in a proposed new 86 billion euro ($93.8 billion) bailout program for the country.

    AFP News
  • Cathay Pacific flight makes emergency landing in Alaska

    A Cathay Pacific flight from Hong Kong to Los Angeles made an emergency landing at a military base in Alaska late Wednesday, after smoke was detected on the aircraft. The flight made a "precautionary diversion" to a US military airport on the Aleutian Islands, the southern Chinese city's flag carrier said. "All passengers and crew are safe," Cathay Pacific said in a statement released late Wednesday, of the 276 passengers and 18 crew onboard flight CX884.

    AFP News
  • How coffee consumption is associated with Alzheimer's disease

    Washington DC, July 29 (ANI): A new study has predicted the association between coffee consumption habits and the incidence of pre-symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is considered a prodromal stage of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Researchers at the University of Bari in Italy evaluated 1,445 individuals recruited from 5,632 subjects, aged 65-84 year old, and interesting found that cognitively normal older individuals who modified their habits by increasing with time their amount of coffee consumption ( 1 cup of coffee/day) had about two times higher rate of MCI compared to those with reduced habits (

    ANI