Arcturus strain divides experts on mask efficacy

HEALTH experts are divided on the Health Ministry’s (MOH) recommendations for wearing masks in public to curb the spread of the new Covid-19 strain Arcturus. While one expert said it was necessary to contain the risk of infection, a former deputy health minister said it was “an unnecessary measure”.

Najib’s pardon will not feature in state polls, say analysts

NAJIB Razak’s application for a royal pardon will not be an election talking point for any parties in the forthcoming state elections, analysts said. They said that Perikatan Nasional (PN) would not stand to gain by highlighting the issue, and neither would Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) be on the back foot.

NBA’s Doncic to pay for Serbia shooting funerals

NBA superstar Luka Doncic has committed to pay for the funerals of eight children and a security guard killed in a Belgrade elementary school mass shooting, ESPN reported yesterday. The 24-year-old Slovenian guard, a four-time NBA All-Star with the Dallas Mavericks, will also pay for grief counselling for classmates and staff as a result of […]

Apple earnings top expectations despite economic gloom

APPLE yesterday said iPhone sales and money made from services powered quarterly earnings that beat forecasts despite inflation pressure and the slowing global economy. The Silicon Valley titan reported profit of US$24 billion (RM106.88 billion) on revenue of US$94.8 billion in the first three months of this year.

Be transparent on efficacy of programmes offered, says body

PETALING JAYA: While the National Training Week (NTW) may be beneficial in upskilling the labour force, one association says more transparency is needed on the efficacy of the programmes offered and whether it will yield targeted results. Read full story

Time to upskill and reskill

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians can look forward to “going back to school” during the National Training Week (NTW) 2023, which aims to offer 5,000 free courses. Read full story

‘Consider all points’ when setting minimum wage

KUALA LUMPUR: The minimum wage should be based on various aspects, including the job sector, academic qualifications, experience and skills of workers to give justice to all sides, according to leaders of two main trade unions. Read full story

Johor to help storm victims

JOHOR BARU: Financial compensation will be channelled to 176 homes in Kampung Melayu Majidee here that were badly damaged during a thunderstorm. Read full story

Raya brings leaders together

KOTA KINABALU: Talk of possible political cooperation between Umno, Parti Warisan and Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat (KDM) has intensified after leaders from the other two parties attended the Sabah Umno Hari Raya open house here. Read full story

Hisyam is Muhyiddin’s new counsel for RM5mil case

PETALING JAYA: Senior lawyer Datuk Hisyam Teh Poh Teik (pic) will lead the counsel for former prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is charged with power abuse and money laundering in the Jana Wibawa programme. Read full story