Umno’s Ahmad Maslan confirms he is among signatories of declaration to withdraw support for Perikatan, Muhyiddin
In a tweet, the Umno secretary-general said he faced two choices before signing the declaration, but ultimately, the decision was not a difficult one for him to make. ― Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
JOHOR BARU, Aug 3 — Umno’s Pontian MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan tonight confirmed that he is among the party’s federal lawmakers who signed a declaration to withdraw their support for Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
In a tweet, the Umno secretary-general said he faced two choices before signing the declaration, but ultimately, the decision was not a difficult one for him to make.
“Choose to abide by the King’s decree to uphold the Constitution and follow Umno’s decision on July 7.
“Or support Muhyiddin and go against the Constitution as well as the party’s wishes.
“Obviously, I picked the first one,” said Ahmad in his tweet that was written in Malay.
Saya membuat keputusan yg tidak sukar bila tandatangani warkah kpd SPB YDP #Agong iaitu
1. Mendaulat titah Tuanku, tegakkan Perlembagaan & ikut keputusan parti #UMNO 7/7/21
2. Sokong TS Mahiaddin, tidak ikut Perlembagaan & engkar parti
Tentu saya pilih yg pertama.
His tweet came shortly after Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed that 10 of the party’s federal lawmakers, including himself, had signed a declaration to withdraw their support for Muhyiddin and the PN government.
Ahmad Zahid said the decision by the party’s supreme council was unanimous and he accused Muhyiddin and his government of defying and belittling the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by failing to abide by his decree that the Emergency Ordinances be tabled for debate in both Houses of Parliament.
The withdrawal of support effectively means Muhyiddin no longer commands the majority in the Lower House.
The PN bloc now has just 104 MPs behind them, eight short of the 112 needed to form a simple majority. There are 107 MPs in the Opposition bench.
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The Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building and Darul Hana Bridge in Kuching, July 31, 2021. ― Bernama pic
KUCHING, Aug 3 ― Sarawak’s southern zone, covering Kuching, Bau, Lundu, Samarahan, Simunjan, Asajaya, Serian and Tebedu will not be moving to Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (PPN ) tomorrow as scheduled.
The State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) is a statement announced that the move was postponed until the Covid-19 cases in this zone showed a declining trend.
“This means that only the northern zone (Miri, Limbang, Bintulu), central zone (Sibu, Mukah, Kapit) and western zone (Sarikei, Betong, Sri Aman) will move to Phase Three of PPN beginning tomorrow.
Yeserday, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin reportedly announced that Perlis, Sarawak and the Federal Territory of Labuan would be moving to Phase Three of PPN.
The decision on Sarawak’s southern zone was also agreed upon by JPBN after receiving advice from medical experts and based on the existing standard operating procedure (SOP).
Today, Sarawak recorded 494 Covid-19 new cases, bringing the cumulative number to 78,211 and two more deaths from the viral infection, bringing the total number so far to 464.
JPBN also announced three new clusters, namely, the Pasar Stutong 2 Cluster (in Kuching), detected at a market in Jalan Stutong, with 51 individuals out of the 140 screened found to be positive for Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the Mega Suai Cluster in Subis was detected in an oil palm plantation placed under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) where 24 out of the 351 people screened found to be positive.
The Jalan Kemena Industry Estate 38 Cluster in Bintulu involves the workers’ quarters of a plywood factory at the Kemena Industrial Area, also placed under the EMCO. Here, 17 individuals out of the 85 screened were found to be positive for Covid-19. ― Bernama
Kevin Durant of the United States in action with Alex Abrines of Spain at the Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, August 3, 2021. ― Reuters pic
SAITAMA, Aug 3 ― The United States kept their basketball gold medal dreams on track today by sweeping past world champions Spain 95-81 and into the semi-finals, while Olympic debutants Slovenia crushed Germany to set up a last-four clash with France.
Sharp-shooting Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant poured in 29 points and four assists for the Americans while Boston’s Jayson Tatum chipped in 13, nullifying Ricky Rubio’s dazzling 38-point spree for Spain.
The three-time defending champions will face either a Patty Mills-led Australia or dangerous fourth-ranked Argentina to decide who plays the final on Saturday.
Slovenia progressed on the back of 27 points from Zoran Dragic and another 20 off Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic in their 94-70 rout of Germany.
They will meet France who edged Italy 84-75 in a nail-biter, with Utah Jazz centre Rudy Gobert drilling 22 points and fellow NBA mainstay Evan Fournier getting 21.
Gregg Popovich’s US team came to Tokyo with two shock defeats in exhibition games and then crashed in their opener against eventual Group A winners France ― their first defeat at an Olympics since 2004.
But they have steadied the ship and came through a see-sawing clash after knuckling down in the final stretch to go 13-0 against their rivals in Olympic competition.
“We’re in a good spot right now. Guys are starting to understand their roles and just get more comfortable within the team,” said Durant.
“I love how we stuck with it throughout this whole period of time and guys started figuring out what we need to do. We’re supposed to be here (in the semis). For us it’s about getting a gold.”
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Rubio drilled 13 points to put Spain into a 21-19 lead after the first quarter as the US gave up a seven-point advantage.
They traded the lead in a back-and-forth second quarter before Spain went on a 10-point run to move 39-29 clear.
But inspired by Durant, the US fought back and two points inside the paint from Devin Booker with seconds to go drew them level 43-43 at the break.
The tide looked to turn in the third period with the US building a 22-6 streak to take charge before Spain regained ground to go into the final quarter just six points adrift at 69-63.
With their reputation at stake ― they have medalled in all 18 Olympics they have competed at, winning 15 golds, a silver and two bronze ― the US put their heads down to ensure they stayed in the tournament.
“They made some tough shots in the third quarter and we could not contain their firepower,” said Spain’s Los Angeles Lakers centre Marc Gasol. “They made shots: 95 points is too many for us to win a game.”
Earlier, world number 16 Slovenia continued their dream run against a German side ranked a place below them.
“We knew it was not going to be an easy game. Even though everybody before the game expected us to win easy, it wasn’t easy,” said Slovenia coach Aleksander Sekulic.
“These guys, they put their hearts out on the court.”
Small forward Dragic, who plies his trade in Spain, was at the heart of the action with six rebounds and four assists to go with his 85 per cent scoring percentage.
Their next opponents are France who had lost in the last two Olympic quarter-finals to send four-time NBA championship-winning Tony Parker into retirement without a medal.
They went one better this time thanks to Gobert and Fournier as they look to match or better the silver medals they won in 1948 and 2000, losing to the US both times. ― AFP
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Brazil’s players celebrate winning the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s semi-final football match between Mexico and Brazil at Ibaraki Kashima Stadium in Kashima city, Ibaraki prefecture August 3, 2021. — AFP pic
TOKYO, Aug 3 — Reigning Olympic men’s football champions Brazil sealed a return to the final as they defeated Mexico 4-1 on penalties today following a goalless draw after 120 minutes in Kashima.
Brazil goalkeeper Santos saved from Eduardo Aguirre in the shootout before Johan Vasquez smacked the post with Mexico’s second attempt.
Dani Alves, Gabriel Martinelli, Bruno Guimaraes and Reinier all scored for Brazil, who await either Spain or hosts Japan in Saturday’s final in Yokohama.
Mexico, the 2012 gold medallists, had scored 14 goals in four matches in this year’s tournament ― including six in their quarter-final win over South Korea.
Their best period against a disciplined Brazil came at the end of the first half as Luis Romo forced an excellent save from Santos, with Uriel Antuna’s goalbound effort then blocked by Diego Carlos.
Everton forward Richarlison, the competition’s top scorer with five goals, nearly won the game for Brazil just before the end of normal time but his glancing header bounced back off the post.
Japan, who beat New Zealand on penalties in the quarter-finals, are making their seventh consecutive appearance in the men’s tournament at the Olympic Games.
Spain won gold at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. They needed a last-gasp equaliser against Ivory Coast in the previous round before prevailing 5-2 after extra time. — AFP
USA’s Athing Mu (left) reacts after winning next to third-placed USA’s Raevyn Rogers after the women’s 800m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo August 3, 2021. ― AFP pic
TOKYO, Aug 3 ― Teenager Athing Mu became the first American woman to win the Olympic 800m crown in more than half-a-century today, producing a superb display of front-running to win the gold.
The 19-year-old prodigy from New Jersey, who only turned professional in June after a successful college career, led from start to finish to win in a new US national record of 1min 55.21sec.
Britain’s Keely Hodgkinson ― another 19-year-old ― took silver in 1:55.88 while Raevyn Rogers of the United States took bronze in 1:56.81.
Mu, whose parents moved to the United States after fleeing civil war in Sudan, is the first American woman to win the Olympic 800m title since Madeline Manning at the 1968 Mexico City Games.
“It’s awesome,” said Mu. “I feel like I’ve just accomplished one of my goals.
“I just wanted to be a medallist.”
Mu said that her ambition grew bigger than that as it got closer to the final.
“I wasn’t really putting gold on that, but as it got closer to the final today, I was like, ‘Yeah, we want gold’,” she said.
“It’s an accomplishment that I wanted off my list.”
It was a remarkable display from Mu, showing a confidence and maturity that belied her relative inexperience in top-level track and field.
Drawn in lane three, Mu glided into the lead before the 200m mark and never looked back, clocking a brisk 57.82 first lap.
She then cranked up the pace in the closing 200 metres, pulling away from the field to cross the line with a comfortable margin of victory from the fast-finishing Hodgkinson.
This year’s Olympic 800m took place in the absence of 2012 and 2016 gold medallist Caster Semenya of South Africa.
Semenya has been barred from competing over 800m by World Athletics’ testosterone-reducing regulations. ― AFP
(From left) Canada’s Aaron Brown, Liberia’s Joseph Fahnbulleh and USA’s Noah Lyles cross the finish line to win in a tie in the men’s 200m semi-finals during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo August 3, 2021. ― AFP pic
TOKYO, Aug 3 ― World champion Noah Lyles endured a finish-line gaffe to qualify from today’s semi-finals for the Olympic 200 metres final.
The 24-year-old inexplicably slowed up with 10 metres of his semi to run and was promptly overtaken at the line by Canada’s Aaron Brown and Liberian Joseph Fahnbulleh, all three credited with 19.99sec.
It meant Lyles didn’t qualify automatically as one of the first two finishers, instead handed an anxious wait as the third and final semi-final went ahead.
That was won in some style by Brown’s teammate Andre de Grasse, the Rio silver medallist, who clocked a national record of 19.73sec ahead of American Kenneth Bednarek, in 19.83.
Lyles qualified as one of the next two fastest, along with Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago.
“It is not a win-lose situation,” Lyles insisted. “I’m glad I made it to the finals and that is all that matters.
“I knew I was going to make it. It was a bit risky, I wouldn’t lie, but I made it.”
De Grasse said he had not expected to go that fast.
“I wanted to save it for the final but Kenny (Bednarek) was pushing me a little so I had to make sure I qualified for the final,” the Canadian said.
“It’s super-fast,” he added of the track. “I think tomorrow night we are going to see some fast times in the men’s 200m as well.”
US teen sensation Erriyon Knighton won the opening semi-final convincingly in 20.02sec, scoring a psychological blow by casually looking across the field no less than four times on the back stretch through to the line.
The 17-year-old will become one of the youngest ever 200m finalists when he lines up at the Olympic Stadium tomorrow. ― AFP
A general view of atmosphere during 'Call Of Duty: Ghosts' Multiplayer Global Reveal at LA Live on August 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. — AFP pic
WASHINGTON, Aug 3 — Activision Blizzard unveiled a management shakeup today following employee protests and a California state lawsuit alleging the Call of Duty game giant enabled toxic workplace conditions and discriminated against women.
The head of the Blizzard Entertainment unit, J. Allen Brack, is leaving “to pursue new opportunities,” the company said in a statement, and will be replaced by company veterans Jen Oneal and Mike Ybarra.
“With their many years of industry experience and deep commitment to integrity and inclusivity, I am certain Jen and Mike will lead Blizzard with care, compassion and a dedication to excellence,” chief operating officer Daniel Alegre said.
The shakeup comes a week after workers walked out to protest sexism and harassment as a call went out online to boycott hit titles such as Call of Duty and Candy Crush.
The company has launched what it promised would be a far-reaching review of its workplace practices after the state lawsuit alleging wide-ranging discrimination and harassment of women employees.
The protests come amid growing complaints about treatment of women in the industry in recent years.
Activision has pledged to review both its workplace conditions and depiction of women in its popular games.
Today’s shakeup affects Blizzard, one of the three operating units of the California-based firm.
Oneal and Ybarra will be co-leaders of Blizzard and “share responsibility for development and operational accountability for the company,” the statement said.
“Both are leaders of great character and integrity and are deeply committed to ensuring our workplace is the most inspired, welcoming environment for creative excellence and to upholding our highest game development standards.” — AFP
Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari said there are no more backlogs in the management of the Muslim Covid-19 patients’ bodies in hospitals after the Centralised Covid-19 Fatalities Management was implemented at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, Shah Alam Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital. ― Picture by Hari Anggara
SHAH ALAM, Aug 3 ― The funeral management involving Muslim Covid-19 fatalities at three hospitals in Selangor will not be more than 24 hours following the implementation of a funeral management initiative by the state government to speed up the process, said Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.
He said the state government is also in discussions with funeral parlours handling the bodies of non-Muslim Covid-19 patients to hasten the burial process which takes up to four days.
Amirudin said there are no more backlogs in the management of the Muslim Covid-19 patients’ bodies in hospitals after the Centralised Covid-19 Fatalities Management was implemented at Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital in Klang, Shah Alam Hospital and Sungai Buloh Hospital.
“State Secretary, Datuk Nor Azmie Diron is now having discussions to expedite the management of non-Muslim Covid-19 victims,” he said to reporters after visiting the Universiti Teknologi Mara vaccination centre in Shah Alam today.
On another point, Amirudin said up until yesterday the state has achieved a 30 per cent vaccination rate and is expected to reach 50 per cent by the end of this month.
“Despite this, we will not be resting on our laurels as more initiatives are being drawn up including focusing to vaccinate foreigners, documented or otherwise,” he said.
In another development, Amirudin said walk-in recipients under the Vaksin Selangor (Selvax) initiative will be notified of their second dose appointment through the SeLangkah application to avoid congestion at vaccination centres.
He said this following allegation of congestions at vaccination centres which began accepting walk-in vaccine recipients yesterday. ― Bernama
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BRUSSELS, Aug 3 — The European Union made the first pay-outs to member states today from its €800-billion (RM4 trillion) post-coronavirus recovery plan.
The first instalments from the pooled “Next Generation EU” fund were €770 million to Belgium, €12.1 million to Luxembourg and €2.2 billion to Portugal, the European Commission said.
These payments are intended to finance essential reforms and investments, laying the groundwork for member states to receive the rest of their allocations.
The fund was originally announced as a €750-billion plan, but that was calculated on 2018 prices. The commission now estimates that, in 2021 prices, it amounts to €806.9 billion.
All but two member states in the 27-nation EU have submitted spending plans and 16 have been definitively approved, while evaluations are continuing on seven.
The two countries yet to submit their plans were Bulgaria and the Netherlands. The next deadline for them to do so is mid-2022.
Poland and Hungary, whose plans are still being weighed, are at loggerheads with Brussels over their authoritarian governments’ approaches to LGBT rights and the rule of law.
European Commission spokeswoman Arianna Podesta said the order in which member states receive their first payments would depend on the speed with which national governments can process their agreements.
“For some member states it is a matter of days, for other member states it may take longer,” she remarked.
Belgium is to receive a total of €5.9 billion in grants and Luxembourg €97 million. Portugal’s allocation totals €16.6 billion: €13.9 billion in grants and €2.7 billion in loans.
The huge plan was hammered a year ago out in marathon and often tense talks between member state governments.
All agreed that Europe should step up to help rebuild the economy after the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the so-called “frugals” of northern Europe were initially reluctant to allow joint EU borrowing. — AFP
National diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri’s during the women’s 3-metre (m) springboard individual final of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre, August 1, 2021. ― Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 ― National diver Nur Dhabitah Sabri, who won the hearts of all Malaysians with her radiant smile after each dive at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, returned home with three other athletes today.
The 22-year-old, who finished fourth in the women’s 3-metre springboard individual final on Sunday (August 1), her teammate Wendy Ng Yan Yee as well as archers Khairulnizam Mohd Afendy and Nur Shazrin Mohd Latif arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) here at 5.45pm via Malaysia Airlines aircraft flight MH9117.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal was at the airport to welcome the four athletes and two coaches.
“Wan Ahmad Fayhsal is extremely pleased with the achievements of the national athletes and is confident of further success at the 2024 Paris Olympics,” the Youth and Sports Ministry said in a statement.
Also present to welcome the athletes and coaches were Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM) vice-president Tan Sri Mohamad Noor Abdul Rahim and National Sports Council (NSC) deputy director-general (Strategic) Suhardi Alias. ― Bernama
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Actress Siti Nordiana Alias has filed a defamation suit against five individuals over alleged defamatory remarks made about her. — Picture courtesy of Facebook/Siti Nordiana Alias Fan Club
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 — Singer and actress Siti Nordiana Alias, better known as Nana, filed a defamation suit against five individuals, including two comrades, Lan Solo and Syura, over alleged defamatory remarks made about her on their respective Instagram accounts.
Siti Nordiana, 37, as the plaintiff, filed the summons through Messrs Abang Azlan & Associates on July 30, naming Lan Solo or his real name Mohd Razlan Mohamed Yusof, 36; his wife, Nur Sheila Hassim, 36; Zuraidah Badron, 35, or better known as Syura; FMC Music recording company, Sam Musyadzafar Samin, 43; and freelance makeup artist Rafidah Ahmad Senusi, 42; as the first to fifth defendant, respectively.
In her statement of claim, Siti Nordiana alleged that the second defendant, Nur Sheila did a live broadcast on her Instagram account, which was joined by four other defendants via their respective Instagram accounts, in posting and publishing defamatory remarks against the plaintiff at about 11.58 pm on July 30.
Nordiana claimed that the slanderous words described her as a dishonest artiste and not respected by others, that she had an ego, did not listen to advice on all matters, did not respect others and had used her money and popularity to ensure she was respected.
“The live broadcast for about one hour and 28 minutes was viewed by the defendants’ followers and other Instagram users,” she said in her statement of claim.
The season two Gegar Vaganza winner claimed that the live session was uploaded on YouTube although it was deleted by the five defendants and could still be viewed by the public.
Siti Nordiana stated that the number of views for the live broadcast uploaded on the YouTube accounts was expected to increase, and her reputation had been seriously tainted among the public and sponsors who had appointed her as a model and product ambassador.
The plaintiff also claimed that before taking legal action, she had through her lawyer, handed over a Notice of Claim dated July 26 by hand and email to all the defendants, demanding, among others, an apology to her within 24 hours and pay compensation of RM200,000. But the defendants failed to do so.
Hence, the plaintiff demanded that all the defendants publish a clear and unconditional apology individually in the newspapers and on Instagram and Facebook continuously for two months or any period as the court deems fair and appropriate.
The plaintiff is seeking general damages of RM500,000 from each defendant, special, aggravated and exemplary damages and other relief deemed appropriate by the court.
Meanwhile, lawyer Abang Azlan Abang Ariffin, representing Siti Nordiana, when contacted by Bernama, said the lawsuit had been conveyed via the Acknowledgement Receipt and emailed to all five defendants today.
“The court fixed Aug 9 for case management to be held virtually before Sessions Court judge Zulqarnain Hassan,” he said. — Bernama
Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said existing efforts, such as the Government Online Services (GOS) Gateway, could be strengthened to accelerate the implementation of the National Digital Identity initiative. — Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 3 ― The government’s digital initiatives need to be ramped up in order to improve the quality of government services, according to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.
He said existing efforts, such as the Government Online Services (GOS) Gateway, could be strengthened to accelerate the implementation of the National Digital Identity initiative.
The GOS Gateway is a one-stop portal to improve the ease of doing business and enhance public service delivery.
“Under the MyDigital blueprint, we have outlined plans to drive digital transformation, to deliver integrated end-to-end online government services, leveraging on cloud technologies and open data as well as upskilling of civil servants.
“These are keys for us to move towards a digital government,” Mustapa said during the Digitising Public Service Delivery webinar today.
The event was organised by the Strategic Change Management Office, in partnership with telecommunications conglomerate Axiata Group Bhd and management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group.
Meanwhile, consultancy firm Francis Maude Associates (FMA) chairman and co-founder, Francis Maude said strong central leadership, mandate and capabilities are required to drive the change and digital transformation in a government.
“The central leadership must have the right mandate that is able to operate, inspire people and create goodwill across the government and, most importantly, have the ability to say no and have a high level of technical authority and capability.
“Without the right capability, then the mandate will be attacked or eroded because the other part of the government will say why we should listen when they (leaders) don’t know as much as we do,” he said.
Maude also said that disruption is essential to deliver progress and change and that reform of the civil service is crucial.
“Find things you (government) can do, make them happen and make them successful.
“Show the people that changes can be done inside and outside of the government. Don’t wait until you have got the perfect plan, perfect policy and then implement,” he said.
Maude was a United Kingdom cabinet minister from 2010 to 2015.
He led an efficiency and reform programme that delivered cumulative savings from the operating costs of the government of more than £52 billion.
Founded in 2016, FMA’s focus is on the implementation of fiscal, economic and public sector reform.
It has worked with federal governments in Canada and Australia, the government of New South Wales, and a number of governments in Asia and the Middle East. ― Bernama
France’s Bassa Mawem (top) competes with Austria’s Jakob Schubert in the men’s sport climbing speed qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Aomi Urban Sports Park in Tokyo August 3, 2021. ― AFP pic
TOKYO, Aug 3 ― Athletes scampered up giant walls and clambered over plastic boulders as climbing made its Olympic debut today, taking the sinew-straining, muscle-bulging sport to dizzying new heights.
Twenty climbers competed in the men’s qualifying round, testing their mettle over the three disciplines of speed, lead and bouldering.
South Africa’s Christopher Cosser and South Korea’s Chon Jong-won kicked off the opening speed round, where climbers race up a 15-metre vertical wall using a series of plastic holds.
Under a setting sun on the outside wall, Cosser zipped to the top in 6.48 seconds, while Chon slipped near the start and spun back down on his safety rope.
The combined score of the three events determines the final positions, with eight climbers going through to the final round.
The women’s qualifying event, featuring hot favourite Janja Garnbret of Slovenia, takes place tomorrow.
France’s Bassa Mawem took first place in the speed event with a best time of 5.45sec from his two attempts.
Japan’s Tomoa Narasaki ― one of the favourites for the title ― was second in 5.94, despite not even bothering to use his second run.
Bouldering sees climbers clamber over rocks and faces without a rope, trying to “solve” the course with dramatic leaps and impressive feats of strength.
Lead climbing involves athletes clipping hooks along the face of a 15-metre wall and trying to climb as high as they can. ― AFP
A billboard displaying Covid-19 SOP issued by the government is seen in Kuala Lumpur October 11, 2020. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KOTA BARU, Aug 3 — Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob has urged the people to exercise extra caution and show better self-discipline following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the state.
He also advised them to refrain from engaging in group activities and to continue to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the authorities.
“Kelantan reported 915 new Covid-19 cases today, the highest since the pandemic broke out in the state.
“Let’s together pray for our well-being and the protection of Allah from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said in a post on his Facebook page.
In the post, Ahmad also shared a Bernama report quoting the Kelantan Health Department as saying that the Delta variant reported in Pasir Puteh may have spread to several districts such as Bachok and Tanah Merah, causing the surge in infections in the state.
Kelantan detected the first Delta variant case involving a woman in Pasir Puteh who was confirmed Covid-19 positive on July 23. — Bernama
Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah celebrates after winning the women’s 200m final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo August 3, 2021. ― AFP pic
TOKYO, Aug 3 ― Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah made Olympic history in Tokyo today, blazing to victory in the 200 metres to complete an unprecedented women’s sprinting “double-double”.
Thompson-Herah, the 2016 Olympics 100m and 200m gold medallist who successfully defended her 100m title on Saturday, bagged a record fourth individual gold after storming home in a blistering 21.53sec.
Namibia’s Christine Mboma took silver in 21.81sec while the USA’s Gabby Thomas took bronze in 21.87sec.
The 29-year-old Thompson-Herah’s time was the second fastest in history after Florence Griffith Joyner’s world record of 21.34sec set at the drug-tarnished 1988 Seoul Olympics.
As well as becoming the first woman to claim a 100m-200m “double-double”, Thompson-Herah is the only female track and field athlete to win four individual Olympic golds.
Thompson-Herah got off to a blistering start, building a lead off the bend which she never relinquished.
It looked as if Thomas and Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would take the silver and bronze, but that duo were passed by a scorching finish over the final 20 metres from Namibian teenager Mboma who plundered silver. ― AFP