Life

Cayman launches program to thin exploding numbers of iguanas

By AP - Thursday, 23 June 2016.

GEORGE TOWN, CAYMAN ISLANDS: A ballooning population of invasive green iguanas on Grand Cayman has become so alarming that the UK Caribbean territory has launched a pilot program to figure out how best to fight reptiles that began as escapees from the pet trade.

Italy's 'Osteria Francescana' crowned best restaurant

By AFP - Tuesday, 14 June 2016.

NEW YORK: Italy’s “Osteria Francescana” was crowned world’s best restaurant of 2016 at an awards ceremony in New York on Monday, the first Italian establishment to win the annual accolade.

Ambassadors of the sea

By Zuliantie Dzul - Monday, 13 June 2016.

AFTER the Steven Spielberg movie Jaws came out in 1975, sharks everywhere found themselves with a bad rep. They began to be perceived as being carnivorous and terribly dangerous. But for marine conservationist Hannah Pragnell-Raasch, sharks don’t scare her at all.

Batting on baseball

By Intan Maizura Ahmad Kamal - Monday, 13 June 2016.

“WHAT? Malaysia has a baseball team?” I can still recall the note of incredulity creeping into my voice during a conversation with my baseball-loving friend months ago.

The road to revolution

By Elena Koshy - Monday, 13 June 2016.

Revolutions are oftentimes sparked by dreams, desire and courage, writes Elena Koshy

My fellow human

By Aneeta Sundararaj - Monday, 13 June 2016.

TRUSTY camera in hand, a man dressed in a cotton shirt, jeans and a hardy pair of shoes hikes up Bukit Wang Burma in Wang Kelian, Perlis. It is stiflingly hot and humid in the dense tropical jungle. Still, he has a job to do and that is to capture images in order to tell a newsworthy story.

Toy 'arms race' turning Lego violent: study

By AFP - Monday, 23 May 2016.

WELLINGTON: Lego products are becoming increasingly violent as toymakers engage in an “arms race” to retain children’s attention in the digital age, New Zealand researchers said Monday.

Elephants perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

By AP - Monday, 2 May 2016.

PROVIDENCE: An elephant carrying a performer holding an American flag kicked off the final elephant performance at Ringling Bros.

Japan stumbles over baby steps to encourage working mums

By AFP - Thursday, 31 March 2016.

TOKYO: Akane had always enjoyed her job at a Tokyo call centre until, unlike many Japanese mothers, she decided to return to work after finishing her maternity leave.

James Patterson donating another USD1.75 million to libraries

By AP - Tuesday, 29 March 2016.

NEW YORK: James Patterson is ready to launch another season of giving.

Marilynne Robinson wins Library of Congress fiction prize

By AP - Tuesday, 29 March 2016.

NEW YORK: Marilynne Robinson, the acclaimed author of novels such as “Gilead” and “Housekeeping,” is this year’s winner of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, a lifetime achievement honor.

Five years on, closure has yet to come to Fukushima parents

By Reuters - Friday, 4 March 2016.

OKUMA: Takayuki Ueno did not hesitate one moment to expose himself to high radiation five years ago while searching for family members swept away by the tsunami that triggered meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant.

French family firm recycles hand-made bike shop as luxury niche

By AFP - Sunday, 28 February 2016.

PARIS: Once forced out of business by mass production, a family firm in Paris has found a new lease of life, once again hand-crafting bicycles as a luxury must-have.

10 years on and still dancing: Fitness instructor takes TTDI by storm

By Farezza Hanum Rashid - Sunday, 21 February 2016.

KUALA LUMPUR: For almost 10 years, Aliez Jazam's followers or "fitness friends" as she likes to call them, have been following her around the Klang Valley to take part in her exercise routines.

Sabah Fest to highlight adventures of Sabah warrior, Mat Salleh

By Kristy Inus - Friday, 19 February 2016.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Fest is back this year from Apr 29th to May 1st, this time with a nostalgic tribute to Sabah's history entitled 'Gulu Gulu'.

Purebred dogs put best paws forward for 140th Westminster title

By Reuters - Tuesday, 16 February 2016.

NEW YORK: From toy-sized Brussels Griffons to 180-pound Irish Wolfhounds, hundreds of purebred dogs kicked off the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in New York on Monday, putting their best paws forward in hopes of advancing toward the gold.

War-scarred ruins of Syria's Homs inspire artists

By AFP - Tuesday, 9 February 2016.

HOMS, Syria: Devastated by 20 months of combat between regime forces and rebel fighters, the haunting ruins of the Old City of Homs now serve as inspiration for some Syrian artists.

Those born in year of the goat luckiest in 2016 year of fire monkey

By Bernama - Monday, 1 February 2016.

KUALA LUMPUR: Those born in the year of the Goat in the Chinese zodiac will be the luckiest people this year, which is the year of the Fire Monkey.

Bonded by faith

By Zuliantie Dzul - Tuesday, 26 January 2016.

THE pavement a long Jalan Batu Caves, Selangor, is lined with shops selling garlands of flowers. A man sits on a plastic chair while another stands next to him holding a straight razor in his hand.

Childhood obesity panel: 40 million kids under 5 overweight

Monday, 25 January 2016.

GENEVA: An independent panel on obesity commissioned by the World Health Organization is urging governments, educators, agribusiness and food marketers to do more to help fight childhood obesity.

Engineered to seed

By ROZANA SANI - Monday, 18 January 2016.

IF a child spent most of her after-school hours helping out her father at his food stall near a car repair shop and had a daily routine of walking home from school through a light industrial area occupied by machinery shops, there would be a high possibility that she would develop a passion for mach

Intricate play

By Sulyn Chong - Monday, 11 January 2016.

POLO, a highbrow sport steeped in history, has long amassed royal players the likes of the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry, as well as loyal fans such as our very own Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

A good, humble start

By Zuliantie Dzul - Monday, 11 January 2016.

“I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way. Show them all the beauty they possess inside.” These lyrics from the song ‘Greatest Love Of All’ by Whitney Houston cannot ring truer for single mother Zarina Zainuddin.

Space probe set to test Einstein's relativity theory

Thursday, 3 December 2015.

PARIS: The European Space Agency (ESA) on Thursday said it had launched a prototype lab to test a key part of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, published almost exactly a century ago.

Sigrid Eichner: Never too old to run

By Aznim Ruhana Md Yusup - Wednesday, 18 November 2015.

Sigrid Eichner joined the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2015 so that she could add Malaysia to the list of countries she’d competed in. Unfortunately, the event was cancelled due to heavy haze that weekend.

Up close with nature

By Zuliantie Dzul - Friday, 13 November 2015.

Nature camps are a great medium for teaching the young about the environment, writes Zuliantie Dzul

Colour my therapy

By Zuliantie Dzul - Friday, 13 November 2015.

It’s the latest craze sweeping the world and Malaysians too can’t get enough of adult colouring books, writes Zuliantie Dzul

Oh, the horror

Tuesday, 3 November 2015.

IF you’re skipping costume parties and spending some quiet time at home this Halloween, check out these great horror fiction titles, suggests Simon Sez

Snapshots of self

By Kerry-Ann Augustin - Tuesday, 3 November 2015.

An exhibition examines the concept of self through photography and visual art, writes Kerry-Ann Augustin

Eco architect-at-large

By Karen Ho - Wednesday, 21 October 2015.

A passion for great Asian cities and green architecture is putting British-Malaysian architect Jason Pomeroy at the forefront of a mission to balance sustainability and culture, writes Karen Ho