Penang has confirmed the ban on foreigners being employed as "main cooks" for its renowned hawker fares to retain the unique local taste and flavour. Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said hawkers would be given a one-year grace period starting Jan 1, 2015, to enable them to adjust to the new ruling which would be effective on Jan 1, 2016.
A SYDNEY surgeon has successfully transplanted “dead” hearts into three patients, in a breakthrough that could dramatically boost the survival prospects of people with serious heart disease. St Vincent’s Hospital’s Kumud Dhital has successfully used hearts that had stopped beating, in operations performed over the past few months. The most recent was on Wednesday night.
Japan is the preferred option over Singapore to expand the Super Rugby competition in 2016, New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) chief executive Steve Tew said Friday. Tew was responding to a statement reportedly put out by backers of the Singapore bid, the Asia Pacific Dragons, conceding they had lost the chance of a place in the southern hemisphere competition.
A Doctors Without Borders physician who recently returned to New York from West Africa has tested positive for the Ebola virus, becoming the first diagnosed case in the city, authorities said late Thursday. The doctor, identified as Craig Spencer, 33, came back from treating Ebola patients in Guinea October 17 and developed a fever, nausea, pain and fatigue Thursday. He is in isolation and being treated at New York's Bellevue Hospital, one of the eight hospitals statewide that Gov. Andrew Cuomo designated earlier this month as part of an Ebola preparedness plan.
The wife of a British man found with his throat slashed and dumped in a ditch on Indonesia's resort island of Bali has admitted ordering the killing, police said Wednesday. Robert Ellis, 60, who was also an Australian passport holder, was killed on instructions from his Indonesian wife, they said, with one suspected motive being money. Residents found the decomposing body of Ellis, who had lived on Bali for several years, early Tuesday dumped next to a paddy field, wrapped up in plastic and blankets.
A gunman shot and killed a soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa, before police engaged in a gun battle inside the parliament building. Police confirmed a gunman was shot dead, but Canada's capital remained on alert through much of the day. PM Stephen Harper said the country "would not be intimidated" by violence. The shooting came hours after Canada raised its terror threat level.
The powerful Youth League of China's ruling Communist party has opened a poll on possible sanctions against Hong Kong celebrities who support the city's pro-democracy demonstrators -- including boycotts, bans and Internet censorship. The former British colony's vibrant film and music scenes have made its performers stars on the mainland. But celebrities including actors Chow Yun Fat and Anthony Wong have reportedly praised the protesters, who are labelled as criminals by Beijing.
KUALALUMPUR: An official from the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) yesterday confirmed that a top Malaysian shuttler has failed a random doping test conducted during the World Championships in Copenhagen in August. BAM and other concerned parties were notified after the recent Asian Games in Incheon. The top male player, who had won a string of tournaments, had played in Incheon and also contributed medals.
Just days after NASA data showed that August 2014 was the warmest August on record, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirmed the ranking and raised the ante: There’s a good chance 2014 could become the warmest year on record. “If we continue a consistent departure from average for the rest of 2014, we will edge out 2010 as the warmest year on record,” said Jake Crouch, a climatologist with NOAA’sNational Climatic Data Center, during a press briefing Thursday.