Fatal abuse of Indo maid: Remand on 60-year-old woman extended


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MO,19/2/2018, BUKIT MERTAJAM: The remand on a 60-year-old woman, who was detained in connection with the fatal abuse of an Indonesian maid here, has been extended by seven days. Seberang Perai Tengah district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said the extension order was applied for because the woman’s initial remand expires today.

The woman is the mother of two siblings, aged 36 and 39, who were the employers of Adelina Lisao, 26. The duo was detained on Feb 12 on suspicion of abusing her. The Indonesian maid was rescued from her employer’s home at Taman Kota Permai, Bukit Mertajam on Feb 11 after it was reported that she was physically abused and was made to sleep on the porch with a dog.

She was found with severe injuries on her head and face, and infected wounds on her hands and legs. Adelina died the following day at the Seberang Jaya Hospital after suffering multiple organ failure linked to anaemia. Nik Ros said that a post-mortem headed by Dr Amir Saad Abdul Rahim at the same hospital found that the maid had been neglected and experienced blood loss.

“We do not rule out that the woman was neglected for a long period of time until she died. Everything will be investigated,” he added. The case is being probed under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

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Gloria Corina becomes first Dayak woman to be appointed as High Commissioner


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MO,12/2/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Gloria Corina Peter Tiwet, the High Commissioner-designate to Nigeria, will be the first Sarawakian woman from the Dayak ethnic group to be appointed as a Malaysian High Commissioner. Together with four others, Gloria received her Letter of Credence from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, in a ceremony held at Istana Negara today. Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Sri Reezal Merican Naina Merican was also present at the ceremony.

Wisma Putra said Gloria was the director of Sarawak Regional Office of the Ministry since 2016 prior to her appointment as High Commissioner of Malaysia to Nigeria. “She was also previously the director of Asean Main Logistics Secretariat of the Ministry from 2015 to 2016; Minister Counsellor of the Malaysian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden from 2011 to 2015 and deputy director at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Kuala Lumpur from 2009 to 2011,” it said in a statement.

The other four new Heads of Mission that received their Letters of Credence from the King are:

– Ambassador Mohamad Nizan Mohamad High Commissioner-designate of Malaysia to the Republic of South Africa;

– Ambassador Chitra Devi V. Ramiah, Ambassador-designate to Poland;

– Ambassador Mohd Haniff Abd Rahman, Ambassador-designate to Egypt; and,

– Zahairi Baharim, Ambassador-designate to Myanmar

For Nizan, he began his service at the Foreign Ministry in 1994. He was the Undersecretary of Africa Division prior to his appointment as High Commissioner of Malaysia to South Africa. He was previously the Ambassador of Malaysia to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from 2015 to 2017, Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok, Thailand from 2013 to 2015 and Minister at the Embassy of Malaysia in Harare, Zimbabwe from 2010 to 2013.

“Nizan had also served as Counsellor at the Embassy of Malaysia in Ottawa, Canada from 2003 to 2007 and as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Laos from 1996 to 2000,” said Wisma Putra. Wisma Putra said Chitra had joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1994. “She was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Timor-Leste since 2016 prior to her appointment as Ambassador of Malaysia to Poland,” it added.

She was previously the Consul General of Malaysia to Chennai from 2012 to 2016; Undersecretary of Development Division of the Ministry from 2008 to 2012 and Counsellor at the Embassy of Malaysia in Budapest, Hungary from 2005 to 2008. Chitra had also served as Principal Assistant Secretary of ASEAN Department of the Ministry from 2003 to 2005 and as Assistant Secretary of Organization of the Islamic Conference Division from 2002 to 2003.

Prior to his appointment as the Malaysian Ambassador to Egypt, Haniff was the Ambassador of Malaysia to Myanmar since 2014.

“He was previously the Consul General of Malaysia to Vancouver, Canada from 2011 to 2014, Undersecretary of the Middle East and North Africa Division of the Ministry from 2009 to 2011 and Liaison Officer at the Liaison Office of Malaysia to Pristina, Kosovo from 2000 to 2002,” said Wisma Putra.

It added Haniff had also served as First Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Tokyo, Japan from 1997 to 2000 and as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Suva, Fiji from 1993 to 1997. For Zahairi, he was the Undersecretary of Multilateral Economic and Environment Division of the Ministry since 2016 prior to his appointment as Malaysian Ambassador to Myanmar.

“He was previously the Minister Counsellor at the High Commission of Malaysia in Pretoria, South Africa from 2012 to 2016, Principal Assistant Secretary of Multilateral Economic and Environment Division of the Ministry from 2011 to 2012 and First Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Doha, Qatar from 2005 to 2008.

“Zahairi had also served as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Kuwait from 2004 to 2005 and as Second Secretary at the Embassy of Malaysia in Vientiane, Laos from 2000 to 2004.”

–NSTP



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Heart Attack Prevention Tips Every Woman Must Know


Mind your mental health

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How you feel on the day-to-day matters. “We know depression increases the risk of heart disease by two- to four-fold, and it’s more prevalent in women,” says cardiologist Suzanne Steinbaum, MD, author of Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum’s Heart Book: Every Woman’s Guide to a Heart-Healthy Life and the director of Women’s Heart Health of Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. There is no need to “tough it out”—seek out help (a good place to start is your doctor), and consider these natural, science-backed ways to feel better.

Dial down stress

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Everyone experiences stress, but when it gets out of hand, it can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke, according to the AHA. One way stress jeopardizes heart health is by raising blood pressure. In women, finding ways to limit worry is even more critical, as according to one systematic review in the journal Brain and Behavior in 2016, women are particularly susceptible to anxiety-related disorders. Give these 37 smart strategies for easing stress a try.

Get moving

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Exercise is important for everyone when it comes to preventing heart attacks. But there’s good news: You don’t have to—and maybe shouldn’t—be a marathoner to benefit your heart. In a study of more than one million women, those who reported that they exercised moderately had lower risks of heart attacks and strokes then sedentary women as well as those who fell into the more extreme end of the fitness category. Women who reported doing strenuous physical activity daily had an increased risk. The lesson: Staying active is important—but you don’t have to run yourself ragged to reap the heart benefits. Did you know that yoga and aerobic workouts can cut your heart disease risk in half?

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Know the signs

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Women don’t always get the classic signs of chest pain and arm numbness, warns the AHA. They might experience palpitations, shortness of breath, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms. “These are all potentially signs of heart disease, but you may not know something’s wrong with your heart,” says Dr. Steinbaum. Paying close attention to these signs—and not relying on the stereotypical chest-clutching as a clue—can be key to your getting help when you need it. Make sure you know the signs you might be headed for a heart attack.

Learn the stats

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Breast cancer gets all the press, but heart disease is the number one deadliest disease for women. Understanding the statistics as they affect women—young women—can help keep heart health front of mind no matter your age. For women ages 20 and older, one-third of white and Hispanic women and half of African American women have cardiovascular disease, Dr. Steinbaum points out. “Screening needs to begin early and regularly,” she says. This is what a heart attack looks like, based on your race and gender.

Stop smoking. Really.

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You know smoking is bad for you, even if you’re a causal smoker. “Very light smoking” (defined as five or fewer cigarettes per day) is increasingly prevalent in young women, reports research in Preventing Chronic Diseases. This group was even likely to understand the health hazards that come from smoking. “Every time you inhale, you’re putting yourself at risk in the moment and long-term,” says Dr. Steinbaum. Get started today with these 23 best tips to stop smoking.

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Watch your HDL

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Your total cholesterol is important, but one number especially stands out: your “good” HDL cholesterol. It’s the type that is heart-protective, and women want to aim for a number greater than 60—which is tough to achieve as you get older. “When women are young and have lots of estrogen, HDL is naturally high. During perimenopause and menopause, this number naturally drops,” says Dr. Steinbaum. What can you do to keep up your number? Exercise, she says. And add these four HDL-boosting foods to your diet.

Measure your waist

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Belly fat hugs your organs, creating dangerous inflammation that can, among other ills, up your risk for heart disease. A woman’s waist should measure no more than 35 inches around. That said, you don’t have to focus on losing a ton of weight. What matters more is living a heart-healthy lifestyle by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising—no matter what you weigh, according to Dr. Steinbaum. Check out the signs that you’re at a healthy weight.

Track your health during pregnancy

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If you had high blood pressure or gestational diabetes during pregnancy, the health threat doesn’t just go away after your nine months are up. “Having either of these conditions increases your cardiovascular risk later in life,” says Dr. Steinbaum. If you’re in this camp, it means you need to be even more diligent about the lifestyle factors that keep your ticker in shape.

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Young women need to know about MVD

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Coronary microvascular disease (MVD) is a type of heart disease that impacts small blood vessels, and it’s more common in women—particularly young women. Traditional tests that look for blockages in larger arteries can’t detect MVD, the AHA says. You’re better off asking your doctor to give you a questionnaire called the Duke Activity Status Index (DASI), which asks about your ability to partake in activities such as housework, yard work, and sex.

Understand PAD

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In the last several years, researchers have come to realize that women have the same or higher risk as men for a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD)—a narrowing of arteries in the legs and arms, which constricts blood flow. Guidelines put forth in 2011 suggest that both women and their doctors should be educated on the potential risk, especially when women have other risk factors, like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol. The signs of PAD include painful cramping after walking, shiny skin on your legs, and coldness in one of your lower legs or foot.

Control your blood pressure

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In the last 30 years, the number of women under age 45 with high blood pressure has doubled. As a result, new guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recommend that people with blood pressure readings of 130/80 mm Hg should be treated for high blood pressure (previously it was 140/90). Regular exercise plus a low-sodium diet that features plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and healthy omega-3 fats (from sources like fatty fish) can do wonders, says Dr. Steinbaum.



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Casanova leaves woman pregnant, cons mum out of RM91,000


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MO,25/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: A 36-year-old woman’s dream of finding love turned sour when she was left pregnant by a “Casanova” who also cheated her mother out of RM91,000. Vanessa Ho from Simpang Renggam, Johor said she met the “Casanova” — a 40-year-old known as Looi — through a mobile phone app and moved to Kuala Lumpur with him last February.

She said she found out she was pregnant a month later and Looi promised to marry her as soon as possible. However, in April, the man claimed he was facing financial difficulties and approached Ho’s 74-year-old mother, who then lent him RM76,000.

Looi later asked Ho to move back to Johor, and took her mother’s ATM card to withdraw a further RM15,000. Ho added that Looi issued a couple of cheques to “return” her mother’s money and made up excuses when they bounced, before disappearing four days after the couple’s daughter was born in December. “I always suspected he may not be trustworthy, but when I wanted to break up with him, I found out I was already pregnant,” said Ho at a press conference in Wisma MCA on Thursday (Jan 25).

She added that she later received a visit from debt collectors who claimed that Looi owed them RM215,000, adding that the debt collectors revealed that the man had also used the addresses of two other women in Penang and Johor for his loans. “However, my mother still believes that he will come back and return her money,” added Ho, who said that she wants to prevent more victims from being duped by his charms.

Meanwhile, MCA Public Services and Complaints Department head Datuk Seri Michael Chong said the modus operandi of “Casanovas” was to strike up friendships with women and reel them in by telling them sad life stories. Chong said that he had to deal with 20 similar cases last year.

“I want ladies to be careful of all these sweet talkers. We have received similar complaints from three ladies this month,” said Chong.

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Woman makes good in business with government aid: PM


COLOMBO, 19 Dis -- Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak semasa sidang media selepas berakhirnya lawatan rasmi pertama beliau ke Sri Lanka selama tiga hari berakhir hari ini, bagi meraikan hubungan diplomatik 60 tahun antara kedua-dua negara. --fotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

MO,13/1/2018, KUALA LUMPUR: The story of a woman who made good in business with government aid has been uploaded on the twitter and blog of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last night.

Sharifah Dun said she lost her source of income when her husband lost his job at a factory during the economic downturn until their home was auctioned and car was repossessed.

“I did not give up and with only RM70 in my pockets, rice and food aid from Baitulmal, I set up a small nasi lemak business at Wangsa Maju LRT station.

“I spent two months saving a little bit of money, enough to pay for space in front of a restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. I then applied for aid from Tekun Nasional Fund and 1AZAM and from there I could rent a shop, buy kitchen equipment and hire a worker.”

Najib said Sharifah’s hard work is rewarded with daily income of between RM1,000 and RM2,000. Sharifah thanked the government for being caring and looking for ways to help the people improve their standard of living. She is among recipients of the Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s initiatives to improve the people’s livelihood. More than 100,000 people have benefited from 1AZAM.

About 2.26 million new jobs have been were created since 2010. The monthly income of 98 per cent of lower income households (B40) has also increased. 1AZAM comprises five programmes namely Azam Tani, Azam Niaga, Azam Khidmat, Azam Kerja and Azam Bandar, to generate and increase the income of those in the e-Kasih system. – Bernama



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Queen Elizabeth appoints 1st woman in 650 years to top job in houses of parliament



LONDON: British Queen Elizabeth II approved Friday the appointment of Sarah Clarke as the new Black Rod in the House of Lords, a job held by 60 men since it was created in 1361, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

Clarke will formally take on the duties early next year, succeeding David Leakey, the current Black Rod who leaves the post at the end of this year.

Black Rod is the only job in the world where the holder gets paid for having a door slammed in their face.

As the Black Rod, one of Clarke’s duties will be to summon MPs from the House of Commons to the House of Lords for the State Opening of Parliament by the Queen. By tradition, as a way to protect its independence, the MPs slam the door in the face of the Black Rod. The ceremonial ritual is captured on the live coverage of the opening ceremony.

Clarke is currently responsible for the organisation of the annual Wimbledon tennis championships. She had previously held roles at four Olympic Games, the London Marathon and UK Sport.

As the first woman to be appointed to the role of Black Rod in its 650-year history, Clarke will be known as the Lady Usher of the Black Rod. Black Rod is appointed by the Monarch on the recommendation of a selection panel chaired by the Lord Speaker.

“Black Rod is a senior official who, as well as their famous role in summoning the House of Commons to hear the Queen’s Speech at the State Opening of Parliament, heads a department that includes the Yeoman Usher and the House of Lords Doorkeepers,” said a spokesman at the House of Lords.

Clarke said: “I am both deeply honoured and delighted to be invited to take up the role of Black Rod.”

“Over many years I have been fortunate to work at the heart of some of the world’s most complex events and institutions. The House of Lords is a place where the smallest detail is as important as the big picture and the depth of heritage and tradition is second to none,” said Clarke.

Lord Fowler, speaker of the House of Lords said: “As the first woman to take on the role, this is a historic moment for the House.”

— BERNAMA



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Tayangan Wonder Woman 2 diawalkan



KUALA LUMPUR: Berita gembira buat peminat Wonder Woman. Tayangan perdana sekuel filem adiwira lakonan Gal Gadot itu Wonder Woman 2 yang sepatutnya 13 Disember 2019 dijadualkan semula kepada 1 November 2019.

Perkara ini dimaklumkan Warner Bros. Pictures menerusi satu kenyataan pada Isnin.

Jika mengikut tarikh asal Wonder Woman 2 terpaksa bersaing dengan “Star Wars: Episode IX” arahan JJ Abrams yang turut menukar tarikh tayangannya dari May 2019 kepada 20 Disember 2019.

Satu-satunya filem bajet besar yang bakal menjadi saingan Wonder Woman 2 pada tarikh itu nanti adalah filem ke-25 James Bond yang dijadual ditayangkan pada 8 November 2019.

Selain Gal Gadot selaku tarikan utara Wonder Woman 2 turut mengekalkan Patty Jenkins selaku sutradara yang turut berperanan sebagai penulis skrip bersama Dave Callaham dan Geoff Johns.

Filem pertama Wonder Woman yang ditayangkan tahun ini berjaya mencatat kutipan global berjumlah AS$821 juta.



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Woman receives Malaysian citizenship after 20-year wait



KUALA LUMPUR: Several individuals’ desire to become Malaysian citizens was finally attained yesterday when they received documents establishing Malaysian citizenship status and now they can enjoy the privileges after decades of waiting.

For housewife S. Vanitha Mani, 37, nothing could describe her excitement of getting her citizenship after waiting for almost 20 years. She had applied several times for citizenship but each time her application failed due to some problem with documentation.

Vanitha Mani, accompanied by her husband, P. Arumugam, 45, was smiling broadly when she received her citizenship approval letter from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a ceremony, here, Tuesday.

“No word can describe my happiness today. Thank you for finally accepting me as a Malaysian citizen. Moreover, I am very happy to receive my citizenship approval letter personally from a leader who does not sideline other races in the country,” she told Bernama after the ceremony.

Vanitha Mani, who hails from Karaikudi in India, has been living in Malaysia since marrying her husband who is a Malaysian in 1998. The couple is blessed with seven children, aged from six to 19 years.

She said Malaysians were very fortunate because from birth, various assistance were provided by the government, especially in areas of health and education, and various loans were made available to start businesses.

“Before, when I went for treatment at the 1Malaysia Clinic, I had to pay RM15 but now as a citizen I only have to pay RM1,” said Vanitha Mani who got her permanent resident status in 2010.

A doctor who serves at a health clinic in Taiping, Perak, Dr Celine Soosai, 47, said she felt overwhelmed at eventually becoming a Malaysian citizen.

Born in Chennai, India, she was adopted by a Malaysian couple and raised in this country. Her attempts to obtain citizenship failed after her application was rejected several times since the age of 12, until she went to study in India for seven years.

“Upon my return, I was given a permanent resident card, and served at Ipoh Hospital until I moved to Taiping. Finally, my efforts bore fruit after applying for citizenship through the Mydaftar initiative and today I am a Malaysian citizen,” she said.

The Special Implementation Task Force under the Special Unit for Socio-Economic Development of the Indian Community (SEDIC) implemented the Mydaftar initiative in 2011.

The Mydaftar Mega Initiative was initiated early this year, in line with the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) to fully resolve citizenship issues among the Indian community.

A total of 177 Indians comprising those who were born before independence, those whose births were not registered and those who had no identification documents, received their citizenship approval letter Tuesday.

— BERNAMA



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