Authorities should act against questionable cults
ADUN SPEAKS | Article 11 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia guarantees religious freedom for Malaysians. One is free to profess and practice his religion. In this multiracial, multireligious, society, Malaysians can co-exist peacefully, because of their tolerant nature.Although there are parties who would love to see us divided by religious lines, it’s not easy to break our unity, because of the tolerance that we have built over the years.Yesterday’s Thaipusam celebration is a hallmark of Malaysia’s multicultural society, where Hindus celebrate the festival, while some Buddhists and other...
Man accused of sexually assaulting teen is a fugitive, police say in announcing new charges
Authorities are searching for a Burlington County man who failed to appear in court following his arrest last year on allegations he sexually assaulted a teenage girlin his home.The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office publicized that Charles Torrence, 50, of Marlton in Evesham Township is a fugitive in announcing he’s been indicted on four counts of sexual assault, two counts of luring or enticing a child, four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, two counts of criminal attempt endangering the welfare of a child and promoting prostitution.The office began investigating Torrence in J...
Healing the wounds
○ Authorities request all levels of government provide psychological support for the public○ Experts give tips for people whose lives are affected by the epidemic to break free from overloaded pressuresMedical staff hug to encourage each other from missing families in Binzhou, East China's Shandong Province. Photo: cnsphotoWith the climbing numbers of infected patients and deaths, and the stricter measures to control the spread of novel coronavirus throughout the country, many people, especially patients and doctors fighting the virus on the frontline, are developing psychological problems.Chi...
69-year-old pedestrian fatally struck by hit-and-run driver, cops say
Authorities on Thursday asked for tips from the public as they investigate a hit-and-run accident that killed a 69-year-old pedestrian in Old Bridge.Richard Lockwood was struck Wednesday night on Route 34 and Triangle Drive and died around 8:30 p.m. at an area hospital, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.Investigators believe Lockwood, of Old Bridge, was hit by a vehicle headed south on Route 34, according to the prosecutor’s office.Township police and the prosecutor’s office were investigating. Authorities did not immediately release any possible description of the vehicle ...
Police seek tips after racist slur is found on telephone pole
Authorities in Cape May County are trying to find whoever is responsible for painting a racist, white-supremacist slur on a telephone pole.The graffiti was found Friday on a pole on a utility power access road in the Swainton neighborhood of Middle Township, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday. The exact location was not disclosed.The slur is being investigated as a bias crime, authorities said.Anyone with information or has been a victim of a bias crime is asked to call the Cape May County Prosecutor’s office at 609-465-1135, extension 3331 or the New Jersey Department of Cri...
DA monitors migratory birds amid China bird flu
DA monitors migratory birds amid China bird fluMANILA, Philippines — Authorities ordered a strict surveillance of critical areas after an outbreak of a virulent strain of bird flu in China, which threatens the poultry industry should it enter the country.At a briefing yesterday, chief veterinarian and Bureau of Animal Industry director Ronnie Domingo said the Department of Agriculture (DA) is monitoring wetlands and possible landing areas of migratory birds that may be carriers of the avian influenza virus.“Our regular surveillance is continuous. We are looking at the landing areas of migrator...
Evacuee quarantine confirmed
Authorities are ready to pick up 160 Thais from Wuhan on Tuesday and they will be quarantined for 14 days at several locations on their return to the country, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Monday.Mr Anutin, who is also a deputy prime minister, said at Rajavithi Hospital that the director of the Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute would lead Thai doctors in emergency, mental and epidemic medicine to the Chinese city of Wuhan to conduct the evacuation.The Thai people would be examined before their flight back and put in quarantine for 14 days after arrival, he said....
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DNA solves brutal murder of woman found under N.J. boardwalk nearly 30 years ago, prosecutor says
Authorities on Friday said DNA testing has led them to solve the brutal murder and rape of a woman, whose body was found at the Asbury ParkBoardwalk nearly 30 years ago.While investigators named Clarence W. Turnage, who died in 2014, as the attacker, they continue to work to confirm the identity of the woman, believed to be Christa Engel, and asked for help from the public to find any of her relatives.The decades-long effort to solve the killing began March 27, 1991 when Asbury Park police alerted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office about a woman’s body found under a ramp at Fourth Avenue ...
Emergency declared for bushfire-threatened Canberra
Sydney (AFP) - Authorities in Canberra on Friday declared the first state of emergency in almost two decades as a bushfire bore down on the Australian capital.Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory Andrew Barr said the measure was "effective now and will be in place for as long as Canberra is at risk".The measures come ahead of heatwave conditions expected over the coming days and as forecasts predicted fires could hit southern suburbs of the city of about 400,000."It may become uncontrollable," Barr warned. "A state of emergency is the strongest signal we can send to the ACT commu...
Authorities mull steps to shore up economy, prevent market sell-off
By Chen Jia | China Daily | Updated: 2020-01-31 07:48Chinese authorities are expected to use monetary tools and strengthen government spending to slow the weakening of economic activity due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, and to ensure ample liquidity to prevent a sharp sell-off when financial markets reopen on Monday.As the reported number of cases of infection is rising, the government has undertaken drastic measures to contain the virus, including extending the holiday, blockading roads and putting off the opening of schools. Financial trading has also been stopped until this weekend.Tra...