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KUALA LUMPUR: An individual who allegedly offered RM2 million to the Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, to obtain the federal honorific title of Tan Sri for a third party surrendered to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) less than six hours after the commission warned him of detention if he failed to do so. MACC deputy commissioner Datuk Azam Baki confirmed the suspect had turned himself in about 5pm. He said investigations are ongoing and the MACC will decide on remanding the man or otherwise today. Earlier at an MACC event in Putrajaya, Azam had warned that the MACC will arrest the suspect who is believed to have gone into hiding and have his identity published in the mass media if he fails to surrender himself to the commission. He declined to identify the individual but described him as a "bald, Malaysian Chinese".
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SHAH ALAM: Selangor is contemplating impounding illegal entertainment centres in the state in its bid to curb recurring cases of gambling involving the same premises. State Local Government Committee chairman Ean Yong Hian Wah said this was one of several amendments to the Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment 1995 the state government is studying and planning to table in the near future. He however said the state has to also take into account federal laws so as not to have conflicting regulations. Ean was responding to a question from Dr Idris Ahmad (PKR-Ijok) on whether the state plans to impound entertainment premises, considering these businesses would continue running despite having being served with notices and have their gambling machines confiscated. "I really welcome Ijok's suggestion. Having said that, we should also take into account the provision under the National Land Code so as not to have any discrepancies," he said at the state legislative assembly, here, today.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit closed slightly lower against the US dollar today, in line with the bearish performances of most regional currencies, as the weakness in the euro bolstered demand for the greenback. At 6pm, the local unit stood at 4.4190/4220 against the greenback compared with 4.4170/4210 yesterday. A dealer said the market remained clouded with uncertainty over the outlook of US fiscal policies such as President Donald Trump's tax reforms and expectations of further interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve. Against other major currencies, the local note was traded mixed. It fell against the Singapore dollar to 3.1677/1703 from 3.1665/1705 yesterday and declined against the British pound to 5.4959/5014 from 5.4908/4966 on Wednesday. The ringgit rose against the euro to 4.7442/7488 from 4.7659/7716 yesterday and edged higher against the yen to 3.9732/9763 from 3.9778/9822 on Wednesday. — Bernama
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we are to truly restore control over our laws to the British people, reverse and ever intrusive influenced by the ECJ on social and economic policy areas, and its operation as a federal court, things we never envisaged at its conception in.
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Khalid said this when met by Bernama at the closing of a fire safety training at the federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman here today. He said the authorities were concerned that irresponsible reports could affect the negotiation process by the Malaysian Government currently in progress. "I will not give any statement regarding Jong-Nam, and the media is asked to wait for the information on the development of this issue, which will be soon. "This is because the negotiation process by the government involves the lives of our people there (North Korea) so any report on this issue is very sensitive," he added. On Feb 13, Jong-Nam was murdered at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2), allegedly by two women using the highly toxic VX nerve agent. Since the incident, diplomatic relations between North Korea and Malaysia soured following a number of statements issued by North Korea's former ambassador to Malaysia, Kang Chol.
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President Trump's oldest daughter will take on the role of assistant to the president as an unpaid federal employee and acknowledged the "unprecedented nature of my role."
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A nanny has called at a press conference for the biological mother of a seven-year-old boy to come forward, otherwise she said she would adopt him. Federal Territories Gerakan acting Youth chief Ong Siang Liang accompanied the nanny and the boy at the press conference and spoke on her behalf.
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ON TRUMP WORKING WITH DEMOCRATS: “I dont want that to happen. You know why? I want a patient-centered system. I dont want government running health care. The government shouldnt tell you what you must do with your life, with your health care. We should give people choices.” -- JUST A NOTE: This is a pretty striking comment. The Republican speaker of the House acknowledges that the Republican president will abandon their party and work with Democrats if the GOP doesnt step up its game soon. BREAKING OVERNIGHT -- BAD NEWS FOR TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN -- AP/HONOLULU at 3:48 a.m.: “A federal judge in Hawaii who temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban hours before it was set to take effect issued a longer-lasting order Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson held a hearing Wednesday on Hawaii’s request to extend his temporary hold.
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SHAH ALAM: Selangor has put the blame on the federal government for the delay in finalising the state's acquisition of Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd (Splash). Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali said this was following the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry's (KeTTHA) order for the restructuring of the Selangor water supply industry to be extended for a further six months. This was in addition to an earlier extension by the ministry from October 2016 to April this year in order to facilitate the appointment of an independent valuer, he said, despite having no details of the appointment and valuation to date. "We received a letter from KeTTHA on March 14, directing all respective quarters to extend the restructuring of Splash for a period of six month to Oct 5, 2017. "It is clear that the delay in the acquisition of Splash is not due to the state government but the extension period that was suggested by the federal government to allow the Cabinet to appoint an independent valuer," he said in the state legislative assembly, here, today.
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It doesnt know how often the system incorrectly identifies the wrong subject, explained the GAOs Diana Maurer. Innocent people could bear the burden of being falsely accused, including the implication of having federal investigators turn up at their home or business. More worrisome, research shows that facial recognition appears to disproportionately impact minority communities. A report that was co-written by the FBI in 2012 found that the technology exhibited a higher number of failure rates with darker faces, a function of the kinds of data that humans input as they train the algorithms. If you are black, you are more likely to be subjected to this technology, and the technology is more likely to be wrong, said Elijah Cummings, a congressman for Maryland. Thats one hell of a combination.
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Their publicly posted blueprint includes guidelines for how to interact with officials to ensure each meeting request is legitimately considered and responded to appropriately. [Photo: courtesy ACLU] Thats a lot different than attending a march. Thats kind of a high bar. . .Theres a lot going on there, Shakir admits. When done on a city-by-city basis, however, it has the power to create national change just as powerfully as federal mandates. Such places would be telegraphing their status as safe havens, assuring those who live there that no local order-keepers will be participating in blitzkrieg tactics. By extension, the policies limit ICEs and CBPs access to the both the local manpower and facilities that theyve come to rely on to carry out some missions. I think it has the most meaningful impact, he adds.
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A federal judge in Hawaii has granted the state's request for a longer term halt of the revised travel ban executive order. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked the revised executive order two weeks ago -- but it was only a temporary halt through a restraining order. The plaintiffs asked for it to be converted into a longer term preliminary injunction, and he agreed Wednesday night.
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, N.Y.) admitted in February that Gorsuch would be confirmed regardless of any Democratic moves but said she hoped her colleagues would give Gorsuch an up-or-down vote. She's filibustering along with Schumer now as well. Sen. Cory Booker's (D., N.J.) hypocrisy is particularly noteworthy. As one of many Democrats who was furious that Republicans did not hold hearings for Obama's nominee Merrick Garland in 2016, Booker said last year that if a Republican held the White House, he would support giving that president's nominee an up-or-down vote. "But I’m a big believer if the situations were reversed and there was a Republican President in the last year on the federal level, I would be calling, just like some Republican Senators have, I just listened to Senator Collins from Maine saying we should be giving this person a hearing, an up-or-down vote," he said.
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