300 gather to watch Geminid meteor shower
PORT DICKSON: About 300 astronomy enthusiasts gathered at the Teluk Kemang Observatory here early yesterday morning to watch the Geminid meteor shower.
The observatory’s assistant manager Muzamir Mazlan said the phenomenon happens every day in mid-December, with the meteors visible to the naked eye.
He added that Port Dickson Municipal Council switched off lights in the surrounding area to minimise light pollution. — Bernama
Device invented to help in sports training
IPOH: Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) has invented an “E-One Digital Measurement” instrument to help teachers and trainers in sports training.
The instrument, which was invented by UPSI lecturers Dr Mohd Izwan Shahril, associate professor Dr Norkhalid Salimin and Muhamad Ikhwan Sansudin, earned a silver award at the International Invention, Innovation and Exhibition 2017, Bernama reported.
Mohd Izwan said the device measures the strength of leg muscles and the distance travelled during sports activities, such as long jump.
He said the device, which is portable, easy to use, light and fairly priced, would ease the tasks of teachers and trainers as facilitators.
Parents grateful for TNB’s help
PONTIAN: Parents of schoolchildren who received RM200 from Tenaga Nasional Bhd’s “Back to School” programme were thankful for the assistance to relieve their burden.
Suriya Samad, 42, said she earns RM25 daily as a restaurant assistant.
“So I am very grateful when one of my children got this assistance,” the single mother of five children told Bernama at the handover ceremony at Dewan Serbaguna Parit Terus, Sanglang here on Wednesday.
TNB Customer Service (Johor) general manager Datuk Baderul Sham Saad said the programme had benefited about 10,000 recipients since 2013.
Director denies money laundering charges
KUANTAN: A director of several companies claimed trial to 26 counts of money laundering involving over RM1mil.
Sheikh Saidey Nor Sheikh Abdul Rahman, 44, allegedly misused current bank accounts for money laundering activities, acquired money from money laundering activities, and used proceeds from money laundering activities to purchase housing lots.
The alleged offences were committed at various banks at various locations in Kuantan and at a hotel here between Nov 27, 2015 and Oct 25 last year.
Bail was fixed at RM10,000. Sessions Court judge Siti Aminah Ghazali also allowed the application to have all the charges heard at the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 11 next year.
Seven days’ umrah leave for civil servants
KUALA LUMPUR: Permanent civil servants can apply for a maximum of seven days of unrecorded leave to perform umrah, effective Jan 1.
According to a circular on the Public Service Department’s website, the seven days would be calculated from the date of the actual flight to Mecca and Madinah.
“If the flight date falls on a weekday break, weekend and public holiday, the seven days’ leave will start on the following working day,” it said.
The umrah leave excludes weekday breaks, weekends and public holidays.
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