RM17mil worth of smuggled goods, including drugs, seized by Esscom last year


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MO,9/2/2018, LAHAD DATU: The Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) has seized RM17 million worth of smuggled goods, including drugs and other illegal items, in 1,648 operations across Eastern Sabah Safety Zone (Esszone) last year. Bukit Aman’s Internal Security and Public Order Department director Datuk Seri Zulkifli Abdullah said the meeting with security agencies today showed they were able to handle threats from outside including from extremists who attempt to cross into the state’s waters.

“It is important for the public to continue to remember the Tanduo intrusion so we can give attention to prevent this kind of threats from recurring. “Now with our country facing the 14th General Election (GE), I have also discussed on ways to ensure that everything will go smoothly. “We will ensure that no outside elements will take advantage while we are busy with the election preparations,” he said at the district marine police base here.

He said among the security improvements being made included the Road Check Point (RCP) at Tawau and Beluran. “RCP was suggested as one of the ways to curb smuggling, “We have discussed with the army and hoped they will cooperate with Esscom and other security agencies to form these two proposed inspection centres,” he said, adding that he is confident the army will respond to the National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS).

Apart from land, he said there was also a proposal to have three Sea Check Point (SCP) in Sandakan, Pulau Siamil and Karakil in Kudat to curb smuggling and other crossborder crimes at sea. “With RCP and SCP, it would strengthen security in this state, and hopefully the people would be more confident in our security teams.” he added.

–NSTP



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How You Can Eat Larger Portions and Still Lose Weight


Reduce Stomach Bloating: 9 Daily Habits That Flatten Your Belly

wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockAsk any weight-loss expert and they’ll tell you shedding pounds requires deprivation: Eat less food by putting less on your plate, and eventually, you’ll lose weight. That may just be a fallacy, according to a new study. The results suggest you can eat as much as you want—as long as you’re smart about it. Researchers […]



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Apabila Jokowi menjadi wartawan… | Astro Awani



PADANG (SUMATERA BARAT): Bagaimana Presiden Indonesia Joko Widodo ‘menangani wartawan’ di Indonesia yang dilihat lebih bebas, liberal dan lantang dalam siaran medianya itu?

Ketika berucap pada majlis perasmian Hari Pers Nasional (HPN 2018) Indonesia, seperti kebiasaannya, beliau menjemput orang ramai untuk berinteraksi dengannya di pentas.

Kali ini, pemimpin Redaksi Majalah DOR dan Koran DOR, Yousri Nur Raja Agam mendapat peluang dan diberikan watak ‘presiden’ oleh Jokowi dan Jokowi mahu melakonkan watak sebagai wartawan.

“Sebagai wartawan, saya ingin bertanyakan.. apa media yang paling menyebalkan (menjengkelkan),” kata Jokowi yang ternyata membuatkan tetamu riuh rendah dalam menunggu jawapan dari “seorang presiden”.

Yousri juga ternyata bijak menangani soalan presiden itu dengan menjawab media yang menjengkelkan ialah media yang ‘merdeka’ (bebas).

“Kenapa?,” tanya Jokowi.

Yousri menjelaskan bahawa media tidak boleh terlalu bebas, kerana kebebasan dalam konteks apa pun, pasti mempunyai batas-batas tertentu.

Jokowi yang ternyata suka akan jawapan itu, menghadiahkan sebuah basikal kepada Yousri. Hadiah basikal diberikan Presiden Indonesia setiap kali berinteraksi dengan tetamu atau orang ramai ketika berucap.

Terdahulu ketika memulakan ucapannya, Jokowi turut menzahirkan penghargaan kepada Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak dan delegasi wartawan Malaysia yang turut hadir di HPN 2018.

Sambutan HPN yang disifatkan kedua terbesar selepas perayaan Aidilfitri di Indonesia itu turut dihadiri menteri Kabinet Indonesia, gabenor provinsi, duta, tokoh korporat dan lebih 6,000 pengamal media seluruh Indonesia, serta penglibatan penduduk setempat secara tidak langsung.

Turut hadir Duta Besar Malaysia ke Indonesia Datuk Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim dan delegasi wartawan dari Malaysia menerusi Ikatan Setiakawan Wartawan Malaysia-Indonesia (Iswami) yang diterajui Pengurus Besar Bernama Datuk Zulkefli Salleh.

Industri media di Indonesia bermula pada 1937 menerusi penubuhan agensi berita ANTARA pada 13 Dis 1937, dan media di negara jajahan Belanda itu terus berkembang dan bercambah dalam menyalurkan aspirasi rakyat membangkitkan perjuangan kemerdekaan dan pengisian kemerdekaan.

Simbolik kepada penghargaan itu, tanggal 9 Feb diumumkan sebagai Hari Pers Nasional oleh Presiden Indonesia ketika itu, Presiden Soeharto pada 1985.

Kini, terdapat lebih 47,000 media di Indonesia, disifatkan sebagai negara terbesar memiliki jumlah media di dunia.

— BERNAMA



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Samsung Galaxy S8 Mula Menerima Kemaskini Android Oreo Dan Sah Tidak Menyokong Project Treble – Amanz


Selepas berbulan menantikan kemunculannya, Samsung Galaxy S8 dan Galaxy S8+ mula menerima kemasksini ke Android Oreo. Buat masa ini ia hanya diterima oleh pengguna di negara Jerman. Saiz muat turun ini adalah sebesar 488 MB sahaja. Selain Android Oreo, peranti kini menggunakan pelancar terkini Samsung Experience 9.0.

Ini bermakna pengguna di Malaysia mungkin akan menerima kemaskini ke Oreo dalam masa terdekat. Samsung Galaxy S8 kini menyokong mod Picture in Picture dan titik notifikasi pada ikon aplikasi. Walaubagaimanapun seperti kami laporkan sebelum ini, Android Oreo pada Galaxy S8 tidak menyokong Project Treble. Samsung mengikut langkah OnePlus dan Nokia yang tidak menyokong Treble apabila peranti dikemaskini dari Nougat.



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Bus, train tickets for Chinese New Year sold out


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MO,9/2/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: Bus and train tickets to the north and east coast for Chinese New Year had been sold out. A survey by Bernama at the Southern Integrated Terminal (TBS) found tickets for journey from the Klang Valley to Kota Baru and Kuala Terengganu from Feb 13 to 15, and the return trip between Feb 18 and 21, had been sold out. About 60 per cent of the tickets for destinations in the north and the east coast on Feb 16 and 17 had been sold.

According to an employee manning a ticket counter at TBS, the bus tickets for the Chinese New Year were sold since two months ago and were sold out in a month. Most of the city folks began making their bookings for the tickets online since November, the reason the tickets are sold out in a short time,” she told Bernams For those travelling to the south, like Melaka and Johor, for the Chinese New Year, they are advised to get their tickets early.

Meanwhile, a survey by Bernama to the Sentral Kuala Lumpur Station also found the train tickets for the journey from the Klang Valley to the northern destinations between Feb 13 and 15 sold out. Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) Intercity senior manager (marketing) Mohd. Noordin Kimi said its customers began making their bookings for the tickets either online or at the counter since three months ago and the tickets were sold out by last month.

“However, tickets for destinations to the south and Singapore are still available,” he said. A student of a private learning institution, Zack Ong, 20, said he had to return to his hometown in Johor Bahru a week earlier before the celebration to avoid the last minute rush for the ticket and the congestion “On normal days, it is not a problem for me to get the ticket at the last minute, but for the Chinese New Year I prefer to go home earlier to avoid the congestion,” he said.

Housewife Peggy Leong, 53, said she booked her train ticket a month earlier to return to Ipoh, Perak, for the celebration. “Last year, I could not get the ticket because I was late and had to get a lift in a friend’s car to return home. so, this year, I bought the return tickets online early to avoid the long queue at the counter,” she said. — BERNAMA



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10 Signs Your Body (and Your Mind) Wants You to Practice Yoga


You are worried about your health

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The yogi says: “In our Yoga and Mind Body Medicine course we spend a lot of time looking at current research on how yoga increases immunity to so many diseases,” he says. “On the flip side, it is incredible how much living in a state of stress shuts the immune system down. Yoga is the antidote.” He references a study on Genomic counter-stress, that showed that in less than three months yoga and meditation can change the expression of 500 genes.

 



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Kerajaan AS ditutup pada tengah malam selepas Senat berhenti rehat



WASHINGTON: Kerajaan Amerika Syarikat (AS) ditutup pada tengah malam selepas Senat berhenti rehat dan terlepas tarikh akhir untuk meluluskan satu rang undang-undang belanjawan jangka pendek, lapor agensi berita China Xinhua.

Senator Rand Paul pada Khamis telah menghalang Senat daripada mengundi bagi meluluskan rang undang-undang yang akan membiayai perbelanjaan kerajaan sehingga 23 Mac serta satu pakej bajet dwipemihak, yang bakal menentukan kerangka perbelanjaan bagi tahun fiskal 2018 dan 2019.

Paul menentang pakej bajet itu atas alasan ia akan menambah hutang serta defisit fiskal kepada kerajaan.

Pakej bajet itu, yang dipersetujui oleh pemimpin kedua-dua Parti Republikan dan Demokratik serta disokong Presiden Donald Trump, akan meningkatkan perbelanjaan pertahanan dan bukan pertahanan sebanyak kira-kira US$300 bilion bagi tempoh dua tahun akan datang, dan turut meningkatkan siling hutang sehingga Mac 2019.

Senat berhenti rehat pada kira-kira pukul 11 malam Khamis (0400 GMT Jumaat) dan bercadang untuk bersidang semula sejurus selepas tengah malam.

Pejabat Pengurusan dan Belanjawan Rumah Putih (OMB) pada Khamis telah mengarahkan agensi-agensi persekutuan bersiap sedia untuk berdepan dengan situasi ketiadaan pembiayaan.

Pakej bajet itu, yang digabungkan dengan rang undang-undang belanjawan jangka pendek, dijangka diluluskan oleh Dewan Senat pada awal pagi Jumaat, meskipun berdepan tentangan daripada Paul, menurut laporan media.

— BERNAMA

 



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Qualcomm Menolak Tawaran Pengambil Alihan Oleh Broadcom Bernilai $120 Bilion – Amanz


Pembelian syarikat merupakan suatu lumrah didalam dunia perniagaan, dan untuk pelbagai syarikat, pengambil alihan merupakan suatu “exit strategy” bagi pemilik perniagaan untuk mendapatkan wang yang banyak dan cepat supaya mereka dapat bersara dengan selesa, ataupun supaya mereka boleh melaburkan wang tersebut didalam projek yang baru.

Qualcomm, pembuat semikonduktor dan cip pemprosesan sebelum ini diberi tawaran untuk diambil alih oleh sebuah lagi syarikat pembuat cip, Broadcom untuk sejumlah wang yang cukup besar pada nilai $120 bilion (RM480 bilion).

Lembaga pengarah Qualcomm, bersama-sama dengan penasihat undang-undang dan kewangan berkata bahawa tawaran tersebut ditolak kerana mereka merasakan bahawa tawaran tersebut bukan sahaja melemahkan posisi Qualcomm sebagai salah sebuah syarikat pembuat silikon terbesar di dunia, tetapi juga pelbagai kelemahan didalam tawaran tersebut yang tidak menepati komitmen kawal-selia yang ditetapkan oleh pihak lembaga pengarah Qualcomm.

Walaupun Qualcomm menolak tawaran Broadcom tersebut buat masa ini, Qualcomm juga menyatakan hasrat untuk berjumpa dan berbincang dengan Broadcom mengenai kelemahan-kelemahan di dalam tawaran tersebut.



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‘Don’t risk giving birth at home under a doula’s supervision’


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MO,9/2/2018, JOHOR BARU: Pregnant mothers should not take the risk of delivering their babies at home as it can compromise the safety of the mother and unborn child, said state comittee chairman for health, environment, education, and information Datuk Ayub Rahmat. Ayub was concerned over viralled news of a botched home delivery overseen by a doula (childbirth helper) in Pulai recently where the baby apparently died.

“I have yet to receive any report on the news but I will get to the bottom of it,” he said. Ayub said giving birth outside medical or health institutions was not recommended or ideal. “All births should take place in a secure and hygienicly sterile facility such as government or private hospitals, registered health clinics, or government approved maternity centres,” he said.

Ayub said proper maternity facilities managed by medically certified doctros and trained nurses and midwives would minimise risks during labour. He added that births in such facilities would also be recorded, filed and be legitimate. “Do not take the risk when clearly there are better options that one can take to avert a risk of complications during childbirth,” he said. He also said parents should not simply make hasty decisions and depend on doulas during labour at home as the doula would not be able to handle a crisis.

“At the moment there is no law to govern doulas or childbirth helpers,” he said. Ayub said doulas were not trained to medically treat members of the public. The doula could be unfit and risk the life of the mother and child should there be complications during the birth process,” he said.

Meanwhile Johor police chief Datuk Khalil Kader Mohd said he would look into the matter.

–NSTP



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Signs Your Body Is Aging Faster Than You Are


You have hair loss—and not just on your head

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Seeing a little (or a lot) of scalp peeking through your hairline is a well-known sign of aging but surprisingly, it isn’t limited to your head, says Bindiya Gandhi, MD, an integrative and functional medicine specialist. If you’re younger and you notice things getting a little sparse on your arms, legs or *ahem* other places, it can indicate your body is aging faster than you think. For more surprising signs of aging, check out these eight aging myths, debunked.

You can’t lift the 30-pound bag of dog food into your cart

woman-lifting-weightsRawpixel.com/Shutterstock Muscle strength is directly correlated to how you age, since you actually lose muscle mass the older you get, making you progressively weaker, says Barry Sears, MD, author of the Zone Diet book series and president of the non-profit Inflammation Research Foundation. This isn’t destiny, however. You can increase your strength and build back some muscle mass by lifting weights or doing some other strength training exercises. You can start with the best anti-aging exercises, according to science.

Bruises take forever to heal

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One important and oft-overlooked sign of premature aging is that you find yourself healing from wounds and injuries more slowly than you used to, says Ira S. Pastor, CEO of Bioquark Inc. The skin is your largest organ and normally has an amazing ability to heal itself, so if yours isn’t recovering well, something is definitely going awry in the internal aging systems, he explains.

You’ve got more wrinkles than your best friend from high school

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A telltale sign of aging is wrinkles and sagging skin, and the rate at which you get them can indicate you are aging faster than you should be for your age. Genetics can play a role, but a big factor in loose, wrinkly skin are lifestyle choices, says Constantine George, MD, chief medical officer of Epitomedical and founder of Vedius.”Some may get wrinkly sooner than others due to things such as tobacco use, excess sun exposure, poor dietary habits, and alcohol consumption,” he explains. See exactly how your skin ages through every decade of your life. “This process can be slowed through lifestyle changes and eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, which contain high levels of antioxidants.”

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You make excuses to not to go out with your friends

man-on-couchguteksk7/Shutterstock “For me, a big sign a patient isn’t aging well is when they no longer enjoy doing the things they always loved to do,” says Otto J. Janke, DC, of Janke Family Chiropractic. “Often they’ll make up a reason that they no longer enjoy the sport, craft, or group that they at one time ‘lived’ for.” Why? (Hint: It has to do with this one simple thing that is the secret to aging well.) The mental and physical aspects of our bodies are closely linked. Whether this means you get treatment for depression or are evaluated for an underlying physical problem, it’s important to address your ennui because even if it isn’t making your life shorter, it’s definitely making it less happy.

You’ve stopped eating pickles because you can’t open the jar anymore

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“Studies have shown that poor hand grip strength is linked to age-related decline,” says Jenny Wilson, PhD, psychologist, a board certified anti-aging health practitioner and CEO of My Sharp Mind. Why? It indicates a loss of both muscle and strength. Plus a weak grip may also be an indicator that your brain is aging faster. (Do you know these 12 signs your brain is aging faster than you are?) Researchers are not yet sure of the mechanism but it is linked to a loss of white matter, the part of the brain responsible for efficient information processing.

Your favorite pants are tight in the waist but loose in the legs

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Gaining fat around your midsection is a common sign your body is aging quickly, Sears says. Add that to the muscle and bone loss that also accompany aging, causing your thigh muscles to shrink and your height to decrease, and you have the recipe for some really poor-fitting pants. The pants are the least of your worries, however, as these signs can indicate other health problems including metabolic syndrome and arthritis. Fortunately, with a little diet and exercise, you’ll be back in your pants in no time. Start by adding mushrooms to your diet, as they have powerful anti-aging benefits.

You’re burning through giant bottles of lotion

LotionDean Drobot/Shutterstock Is your skin chronically dry and flaky? That could be a sign of premature aging, George says. However, there are other causes, like these 10 everyday things causing your dry skin. It can also indicate an underlying medical condition like hypothyroidism. Low thyroid function left untreated can also give you a puffy face, weight gain, thinning hair, impaired memory, painful joints, and muscle weakness—all things that will age you faster than a time machine, he adds. So if you have constantly dry skin, get it checked out by your doctor.

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You sleep like a baby—fitfully, with frequent wakings, and not through the night

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Insomnia or problems getting a good night’s sleep can be a sign your body is aging quickly. Often this is due to high levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. “Cortisol rises are inevitable as we age, however, with many people it rises too quickly, usually due to stress,” explains Sue Decotiis, MD, an anti-aging and regenerative medicine specialist in NYC. It’s important to get your stress level in check as too much cortisol not only ages you faster but can promote weight gain, lower your immune function, and can lead to many chronic diseases. In the meantime, make sure you’re not making these common sleep mistakes.

Your face looks sunken or gaunt

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Bone loss is, unfortunately, a normal part of aging, and when you lose bone mass in your face, it gives you that characteristic “elderly” profile with sunken cheeks, thin lips, and prominent temples, Decotiis says. Some people hasten this process by smoking, having poor nutrition or poor cardiovascular health, or losing too much weight, making them look older than they already are, she explains. To counteract bone loss, eat and exercise properly and maintain a healthy weight. Need ideas? Eat these 12 anti-aging foods for glowing skin and a longer life.

People constantly guess you’re older than you really are

Woman-enjoying-coffeeDean Drobot/Shutterstock When it comes to assessing a person’s “true” age, as opposed to their chronological age, our brains are pretty darn accurate, says Steven Austad, PhD, chair of the UAB Department of Biology. “Ask a dozen strangers to guess your age and the average value they come up with is a pretty good indicator of your body’s biological age,” he says.

Everyone is always telling you to hurry up

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Are you constantly getting left behind when walking with friends your age? It turns out that a person’s normal walking speed is a pretty good indicator of how well you’re aging, Austad says. “Walking speed is an indicator of how leg muscles are working and says something about nerve conduction speed, two factors that go into aging,” he explains. Thankfully, this one has an easy fix: Take more walks and improve your fitness level.

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You have more spots than a cheetah

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Sun damage is perhaps the most important cause of an older-looking face, as too much sun causes lines, wrinkles, dull skin, and the dreaded brown age spots to develop, says Joshua D. Zuckerman, MD, a board-certified plastic surgeon at Zuckerman Plastic Surgery in NYC. If you feel like you have more of these than other people your age, especially if you never wear sunscreen, it’s a good sign your skin is aging faster than you are. Start wearing sunscreen immediately and talk to a dermatologist about other options. (P.S. Skipping sunscreen is one of the worst skin sins according to dermatologists.)

Going upstairs feels like climbing a mountain

woman-running-up-stairsMaridav/Shutterstock You might chalk up your difficulty with stairs to bad knees or poor fitness (which can also be signs of premature aging) but a major reason that adults suddenly get uncoordinated or unable to do physical things goes back to the type of muscle loss that comes with aging. “Your muscle health is the aging factor that’s rarely discussed, yet losing it can be a sign that your aging faster than your actual age,” says Suzette Pereira, PhD, research scientist and expert in muscle health with age, Abbott. “Starting at age 40, you can lose up to 8 percent of your muscle mass per decade.” Time to pull out your old weights!

Your period is super random

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For women, the frequency and predictability of your menstrual cycle can be an early sign of aging, and it can start 15 years before menopause. (Do you know the quiet signs of perimenopause?) “One sign many people do not correlate with aging in females is irregular menstrual cycles in their 30s and 40s,” Gandhi says. “This hormonal irregularity is important to address since changing hormones can increase weight gain, decrease muscle mass, cause sleep disturbances, and cause your body to age faster, predisposing you to heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.”

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