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Pak Lah’s aide to lodge police report on fake news about death

Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – Bernama file photo

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s special officer Datuk Jefridin Atan said he will lodge a police report tomorrow regarding the circulation of fake news that the former prime minister had died.

Jefridin said they viewed this matter seriously and he would personally lodge the report at the Putrajaya district police headquarters.

“We cannot ignore this; this fake viral message is pure slander which creates problems for people. By right, the people should be praying for Pak Lah’s well-being and long life.

“Death is no joking matter. I will leave it to the police to investigate this matter,” he told Bernama today.

Pak Lah’s former press secretary Teoh Ai Hua, when contacted, urged people not to share unverified news, saying he met the former prime minister at his residence on Thursday.

“Pak Lah was fine when we met the other day. I do not understand why people want to viral fake news. Please don’t do it,” said Teoh, who is now a lecturer at the Applied Psychology, Policy and Social Work Studies Centre of Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM).

Today’s fake news regarding the former prime minister again caught the attention of social media users, as on Aug 2 a similar piece of false news had also been circulated by irresponsible parties.

Jefridin had also denied the earlier report, saying Pak Lah was in good health and with his family.

Abdullah Badawi, 81, was Malaysia’s fifth prime minister from 2003 to 2009. – Bernama






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Nanta: Govt will lower face mask ceiling price further in next few days

The government has plans to further lower the ceiling price of face masks. File Photo

KUCHING: The ceiling price of three-ply face masks, which has been fixed at RM1.20 each will be reduced further soon, said Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi.

Nanta said this was to enable the B40 and M40 income groups to buy such masks in line with the mandatory wearing of face masks in public places.

Stressing that the ministry has taken measures to ensure that the price of goods – especially face masks – will remain affordable, he also said a decision to lower the ceiling price of face masks will be made in the near future.

“The ceiling price for one unit of three-ply face masks has been reduced from RM1.50 a unit to RM1.20 per unit.

“Following public feedback, we have discussed the matter and are looking at the price to be brought down further from RM1.20.

“We are caring and we are sensitive to the needs of the people. We have no problem lowering the ceiling price of face masks.

“(Therefore) we are going to reduce it from RM1.20 a piece to another price which is lower. We will make the decision within the next two or three days,” he said at the Dewan Rakyat sitting in Kuala Lumpur today.

Nanta mentioned this in reply to questions from Khoo Poay Tiong (DAP – Kota Melaka) during the sitting’s question and answer session.

Khoo had asked Nanta whether the ministry had any measures to assist the B40 and M40 income groups to purchase face masks since it is mandatory to wear face masks in public to prevent Covid-19 infection.

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EPU: Recipients listed under BSH B40 single list no longer eligible for BKSS monthly assistance

KUCHING: A total of 115,450 recipients, who are now listed under the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) B40 single list, are no longer eligible for the Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) monthly assistance, effective last month.

State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) announced this in a statement today following complaints received from a small number of B40 household recipients, who said they no longer received the BKSS aid last month even though they received the aid from April to June.

“This is because, based on the updated BSH 2020 list from LHDN (Inland Revenue Board) Malaysia, there were 115,450 recipients who were previously under the BHS 2019 B40 household list, are now listed under the BSH 2020 B40 single list.

“These B40 singles which were earlier listed as recipients for B40 household of the BKSS assistance in April to June this year, will therefore no longer eligible to receive the same monthly assistance under B40 household BKSS assistance as they are now already listed as B40 single recipients,” explained the state EPU.

The state EPU said a total of 43,481 out of the 78,123 B40 households with a bank account had been paid RM250 through their respective banks.

Such payment was done on July 29 with an estimated expenditure of RM10.87 million, it added.

The remaining 34,642 household recipients who do not have bank accounts can claim their cash payments from Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) from Aug 7, pointed out the state EPU.

The BKSS aid is meant for eligible B40 household earning below RM4,000 per month.

A total of 218,489 out of 270,863 eligible B40 single Sarawakians aged above 21 with a monthly income below RM2,000 and a bank account also received the one-off assistance of RM500 through their respective banks on July 29, it said.

“Likewise, the remaining 52,374 B40 single who do not have a bank account, cash payments can be claimed from BSN from Aug 7.”

According to the state EPU, a total of 30,319 frontline personnel involved in combating Covid-19 have received their incentives of RM200 per month for the period of April to July.

It said such BKSS assistance for frontline personnel between April and July recorded a total expenditure of RM13.5 million.

“While the assistance for hawkers and petty traders, as of July 29, a total of 28,091 hawkers have been paid through Sarawak Pay in two tranches with total payment amounting to RM21,068,250.

“Meanwhile, 16,867 hawkers have been paid through BSN in two tranches with total payment amounting to RM12,650,250,” added the unit.

Recipients who wish to check their BKSS payment can visit https://www.sarawak.gov.my/web/home/article_view/233/326/.










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Pos Malaysia suspends international deliveries except to Singapore beginning Aug 3


Bernama file photo for illustration purposes.

KUCHING: All international mail, parcel and Express Mail Service (EMS) will be suspended to all destinations except Singapore, effective Aug 3, announced Pos Malaysia today.

The country’s largest network courier said the temporary service suspension was due to the restrictions and inconvenience as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Pos Malaysias international mail, parcel and Express Mail Service (EMS) will be suspended to all international destinations except Singapore beginning 3 August 2020 until further notice.

“The temporary service suspension is due to service impacts related to Covid-19, which include varying levels of restrictions across destination countries on flights, airport closures and cross border services,” said the Pos Malaysia statement.

The postal delivery service firm said updates will be available from time to time on its website and official social media platforms.

In another statement, Pos Malaysia announced that its business operations would be taking a break for Hari Raya Aidiladha from today until Aug 2 for all states across the nation.

It said only post offices and Pos Laju kiosks operating inside shopping malls will reopen on Aug 2 (Sunday).










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Procedures to travel between zones expected to remain the same, says Dev Kumar


The state government has just applied for a ban on movement between Zone 1 and Zone 2 and is awaiting instruction from the Ministry of Health. File Photo

KUCHING: Procedures to apply for travel between zones are expected to remain the same as during the Movement Control Order (MCO) once the state government has been granted permission to enforce a ban on movement between Zone 1 and Zone 2, said Sarawak Deputy Police Commissioner Dato Dev Kumar.

Zone 1 refers to red and yellow zones, while Zone 2 refers to green zones.

However, he said this was simply an estimation as no official instructions have been received yet regarding this.

“The state government has just applied for a ban on movement between Zone 1 and Zone 2 and is awaiting instruction from the Ministry of Health.

“Once we have received the green light from the Director-General of Health allowing Sarawak to enforce that restriction, we will start on midnight Aug 1,” he told reporters when met at the launch of National Month and Fly the Jalur Gemilang Campaign today,

Dev said that there would be exceptions for certain situations, which will be announced later.

“These exceptions do not require permission from the police.

“Only ordinary movement would require a police permit, and the forms can be obtained from police stations,” he added.

Dev revealed that the ban will only apply to the two zones, where Zone 1 covers Kuching, Samarahan and Serian divisions.

“People cannot move outside of Zone 1 to Zone 2 (and vice versa). That means people from Samarahan cannot go to Simunjan, people from Serian cannot go to Sri Aman, people from Kuching cannot go to Lundu, and people from Padawan cannot go to Bau.

“Expect police to conduct five to six road blocks covering those areas,” he said.

On Monday, Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail had said that the police have identified five locations to conduct road blocks to curb Covid-19 in Sarawak, following a directive on travel restrictions as announced by Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

The restriction is expected to be enforced from Aug 1 to Aug 14.










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SMC: Works to improve drainage flow along Jalan Poh Yew to commence immediately


(From second left) Tiong, Ting and Lau inspecting the drainage flow of Jalan Poh Yew.

SIBU: Works to improve the drainage flow along Jalan Poh Yew of Taman Li Hua will commence with immediate effect, said Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) chairman Clarence Ting.

He said the drainage improvement works for Jalan Poh Yew, barring unforeseen circumstances, should be completed before the end of the year.

“We need to upgrade the drainage system so that the outflow of the river from Jalan Poh Yew into the nearby Sungei Rajang will not encounter any obstacles and will be smooth,” he said.

Ting was speaking to reporters after inspecting the drainage flow of Taman Li Hua this morning.

Accompanying him were Taman Li Hua Neighborhood Committee chairman Peter Lau, advisor Penghulu Tiong Tung Loo and councilor Jenny TIng。

Ting said he had already instructed Ting to take note of the issue and to get works start immediately.

He said it was shocking when he saw the poor drainage flow of Jalan Poh Yew, with at least three spots blocked due to the sinking land.

“Priority will be given to improve these three spots and once upgrading works is completed, I believe the river outflow will be better,” he added.

Meanwhile, he also told Lau to come up with a thorough plan on the drainage system in Taman Li Hua that needed to be upgraded.

He also took note of the poor drainage flow in several areas in Jalan Maludan and Lane 6, Jalan Poh Yew which required urgent remedies.










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Nvidia Sued for Patent Infringement


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Subsidiaries of Xperi Corporation, a company that licenses intellectual property, have filed suit against Nvidia in the U.S. District Court of Delaware for patent infringement. The case hinges on Nvidia’s alleged violation of five of the company’s patents for technology used in its gaming and supercomputer GPUs.

During the company’s Q1 2019 earnings call, Xperi announced that its subsidiaries Invensas Corporation and Tessera Advanced Technologies had filed the suit:

In addition, today we filed a lawsuit against NVIDIA for patent infringement. We believe that NVIDIA is using our patent semiconductor technology in certain of its CPUs and processors and we have been speaking with NVIDIA for several years about taking a patent license. We ultimately could not reach an agreement and we felt that we needed to take this action to defend our intellectual property rights. We filed the case in Delaware Federal Court asserting 5 patents. — CEO Jon Kirchner, via Seeking Alpha.

https://www.tomshardware.com/news/nvidia-sued-patent-infringement-xperi,39322.html



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LG Announces First-Quarter 2019 Financial Results


LG Electronics Inc. (LG) announced consolidated sales of KRW 14.92 trillion (USD 13.27 billion) and operating profit of KRW 900.6 billion (USD 801.25 million) for the first quarter of 2019. Although overall first-quarter revenues and operating income declined somewhat in 2019 versus 2018, the home appliance company reported record first-quarter sales and profits. Operating income was 1,090 percent higher than the fourth quarter of 2018, reflecting improved cost structures across major business units.

The LG Home Appliance & Air Solution Company generated first-quarter revenues of KRW 5.47 trillion (USD 4.86 billion) and operating profit of KRW 727.6 billion (USD 647.3 million), the highest quarterly revenue and operating income for the business unit in LG history. Sales were especially strong in Europe and Asia, contributing to growth of 11 percent year-on-year and 26 percent quarter-on-quarter on robust sales of premium and growth products especially in the domestic Korean market. The increase in operating profit of more than 30 percent from the same period last year also can be attributed to the growing popularity of high-growth products such as Styler, clothes dryers, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners as well as effective cost reduction efforts.

The LG Home Entertainment Company reported first-quarter revenues of KRW 4.02 trillion (USD 3.58 billion) and operating profit of KRW 346.5 billion (USD 308.27 million), a decrease of 3 percent from the same period the previous year due to seasonal weakness in demand and the lack of global sporting events. Operating income increased significantly from the previous quarter thanks to greater marketing efficiencies and improvement cost structure. The launch of new 2019 premium products including OLED TVs, NanoCell TVs and large-screen Ultra HD TVs is expected to generate additional sales opportunities in the second quarter.

The LG Mobile Communications Company saw first-quarter sales of KRW 1.51 trillion (USD 1.34 billion) and narrowed its quarterly operating loss to KRW 203.5 billion (USD 181.05 million) as LG continues to rebuild its smartphone business. Operating results improved from the previous quarter as a result of stronger business structure. Looking ahead, the launch of LG V50ThinQ 5G smartphone is expected to create positive momentum in the second quarter while the relocation of LG’s smartphone manufacturing center from Pyeongtaek, Korea to Haiphong, Vietnam will help improve profitability and LG’s global competitiveness in the second half of the year.

The LG Vehicle Component Solutions Company recorded first-quarter revenues of KRW 1.35 trillion (USD 1.20 billion), a 61 percent increase from the same period last year. Increased sales at ZKW contributed to an improvement in operating results despite rising raw material prices and initial production costs associated with new projects. Trends in the global auto market associated with low fuel prices and increased sales of luxury vehicles and SUVs will create more opportunities for LG’s automotive components business.

The LG Business Solutions Company posted first-quarter sales of KRW 626.6 billion (USD 556.58 million), 5 percent higher than the previous quarter and 3 percent lower than the first quarter a year ago. Operating profit of KRW 55.5 billion (USD 49.38 million) was 272 percent higher than the previous quarter but 3 percent lower year-on-year due to the impact of U.S. tariffs on solar module imports and ongoing significant price erosion in major markets. The information display business plans to improve profitability by expanding sales of premium displays and LED products.

2019 1Q Exchange Rates Explained

LG Electronics’ unaudited quarterly earnings results are based on IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) for the three-month period ending March 31, 2019. Amounts in Korean won (KRW) are translated into U.S. dollars (USD) at the average rate of the three-month period of the corresponding quarter — KRW 1,124 per USD.



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Sony’s New EXTRA BASS™ Speaker Range Take Dance Parties to the Next Level


Sony refreshes its EXTRA BASS™ wireless speaker line up with the new GTK-XB72 high power speaker.

Sound that packs a punch

Feel the deep and punchy bass sound with the popular EXTRA BASS™ series of speakers from Sony. A large cabinet and big woofers on the XB72 create stronger bass and expand the sound field for powerful sound.

With LIVE SOUND mode now available on XB72, you can enjoy a three-dimensional music experience as if you were at a live venue. LIVE SOUND mode expands the service area of the sound via angled speakers and Digital Signal Processing technology, producing three-dimensional sound which puts you in the thick of the music as if you were at a music festival. The range is ideal for hip-hop, dance and rap music lovers with bass at the heart of their music taste.

Boost the party

Thanks to the easy-to-grab design and a built-in accelerometer, the XB22 and XB32 feature a Party Booster. The speakers react when you tap on them and create unique lighting and sound effects. Additionally, you can enjoy a range of fun party features on the XB72 via the Fiestable app. Customise your party with voice control, a new style motion control feature and an interactive party light. Simply select ‘Party Lights’ in the Fiestable app to light up your phone in time to the music to recreate the live concert atmosphere via your smartphone.

Turn any venue into a party with the improved multi-colour line lighting on the XB72. With multiple colours and flashing strobe lighting effects, XB72 give the party a club atmosphere by syncing the lights to the beat of the music you love. Make it personal and customise these party functions via the Fiestable app.

The GTK-XB72 is now available in Malaysia at Sony Stores and all authorised dealers at RM1,499.

For product specifications, please visit:

GTK-XB72:

https://www.sony.com.my/electronics/hi-fi-systems/gtk-xb72?cid=pr:ces2019:gtk-xb72:my:art

Specification sheet

 

Model Name GTK-XB72
Bluetooth® Yes
NFC™ Yes
Supported Codecs SBC, AAC, LDAC
USB Yes (Play & Charge)
Audio in Yes (RCA)
Microphone Input 1
Bass Boost Function EXTRA BASS
LIVE SOUND Function LIVE SOUND
Sound Enhancement DSEE™ (Auto)
Wireless Party Chain Yes
Light Speaker Light / Line Light / Strobe Flash
Tuning Range (FM) 87.5-108MHz/50KHz
Music Center/Fiestable Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 345 x 656 x 379mm
Weight Approx. 12kg
Colours Black

 



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1.6 mil MYTV decoders distributed


MYTV Broadcasting Sdn Bhd (MYTV) has distributed 1.6 million of the total two million free decoder units for eligible recipients to date, the Dewan Negara was told today.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Eddie Syazlee Shith said the recipients were selected from the ‘Bantuan Sara Hidup’ (Household Living Aid) list especially those in the lowest income B40 households.

On myFreeview broadcasts transmitted via the decoder, he said it had reached 98 percent coverage in populated areas, but did not deny it occasionally faced broadcast disturbances such as pay TV broadcasts.

“With regard to these broadcast disturbances, we need to understand that pay TV stations like Astro (at times) also face technical difficulties, what more companies giving free services, there is no difference, MYTV has given their best as part of their services,” he said at the Q & A session today.

He was responding to a supplementary question from Senator Datuk Abdullah Salleh who asked questions regarding myFreeview broadcast disturbance issues.

The terrestrial digital TV service under myFreeview branding is a Government initiative provided free of charge to the people, operated by MYTV company by private sector funding.

https://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/16-mil-mytv-decoders-distributed



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