5 top Hollywood actresses with new TV shows

These days, more A-list Hollywood actresses are starting to embrace the world of TV.

Emma Stone

Hollywood’s IT girl Emma Stone will reunite with Superbad co-star Jonah Hill for the Netflix comedy series Maniac which is set for release later this year. The TV show, directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga, is based on a Norwegian series of the same name and it follows the fantasies of a patient in a mental institution.

Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts’ upcoming Netflix TV series Gypsy will see the actress portraying Jean Holloway, a therapist who gets intimate with the people in her patients’ lives. Due for release later this year. Hmm … wonder how Fifty Shades Of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will work her magic on this show?

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro have starred in three films together, and are now doing TV work. The actors reunite in the upcoming HBO TV movie Wizard Of Lies, where Pfeiffer plays Ruth Madoff, the wife of convicted American financial fraudster Bernie Madoff (De Niro). The series is set to premiere in May.

Meryl Streep

Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep will be starring in Warner Bros TV’s The Nix, a miniseries about a man on a mission to prove that his mother is not guilty of an alleged crime. Directed by J.J. Abrams, The Nix is an adaptation of a critically-acclaimed novel by Nathan Hill. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Streep is earning US$825,000 (RM3.6mil) per episode.

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts will produce and star as Eleanor Ford in Today Will Be Different, a TV series based on a novel of the same name. In the series, Roberts’ character tackles the issues that she has been putting on hold such as confronting her son who has been faking an illness and a wayward husband.

This article appeared on The Star newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post

‘World’s first 5G smartphone’ from ZTE set for 2020

The Gigabit Phone promises to reach download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, up to 10 times faster than the 4G services widely in use today.

Chinese tech company ZTE announced Sunday that it had created “the world’s first phone compatible with 5G” mobile internet service.

The Gigabit Phone promises to reach download speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, up to 10 times faster than the 4G services widely in use today.

“With the new device, the way people stay connected will be changed forever. Focusing on 5G technologies will be one of the key priorities of ZTE’s global development,” a ZTE spokesman said.

Read also: Huawei unveils preparation for ‘revolutionary’ 5G at Innovation Day

While 5G is not yet supported by any network, it is scheduled to be up and running by 2020, with trial services held during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang by South Korean carrier KT Corp.

Analyst Thomas Husson said ZTE was using the phone to “showcase innovation” and to “offer a glimpse into the future when people will be able to download full movies in seconds” but that, while exciting, “the sad reality is that this smartphone will not end up in consumers’ pockets because both 5G and virtual reality are still years away to be a mass-market consumer reality.”

Still, the Gigabit Phone and similar phones are likely to hit both Western and Eastern markets, as the Chinese company makes up 10 percent market share in the United States, making it the fourth-largest vendor in the country. (sul/kes)

source: TheJakartaPost

Indonesian suspect partied night before assassination on Kim Jong-nam

Petaling Jaya – The night before the assassination, Siti Aisyah partied with her friends ar a wellknown night club in Kuala Lumpur.

A day before the assassination, Siti Aisyah had a wild night out with her friends to celebrate her pending success as an Internet celebrity.

One of her close friends, who spoke to China Press on condition of anonymity, said Siti Aisyah’s friends chipped in to throw a birthday party for her at a wellknown night club in Kuala Lumpur on February 12. That was before she was scheduled to participate in a “prank for a reality show”.

In a video shown to the daily, Siti Aisyah laughed and covered her face shyly when her friends commented that she was going to be a “big star”. Her birthday was on February 11.

“I do not believe Siti Aisyah would kill someone just for money. “It is impossible. I think she has been framed,” said her friend, adding that she was shocked when Siti Aisyah was named as one of the suspects who killed Kim Jongnam.

Jongnam was the estranged half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jongun. She said Siti Aisyah did not know and had no motive to kill him.

Although she had no way of finding out the truth, she believed that Siti Aisyah was innocent.“She is a very simple person and hoped to one day break into the entertainment industry. “I knew of her ambition about a year ago,” she said.

She added that she hoped Siti Aisyah would be released soon and reunited with her family in Indonesia.

Siti Aisyah was one of two women suspects who police said wiped Jongnam’s face with a deadly chemical at KLIA2 on Feb 13. Siti Aisyah was nabbed three days later.

She told Indonesian embassy officials that she was paid 400 ringgit (US$90) to take part in what she thought was a prank, and that she was under the impression the liquid given to her was baby oil.

Source: The Nation

This combo shows four suspects, Malaysian Muhammad Farid Bin Jalaluddin (top L), Doan Thi Huong (top R) of Vietnam, North Korean Ri Jong Chol (bottom L) and Siti Aisyah of Indonesia (bottom R).//AFP

Indonesian woman shocked to find kidney had been removed after working in Qatar

Illegal migrant workers recruited from several areas across Indonesia wait for their departure in their tiny room in a shelter in Karanganyar, Central Java. A joint team of the Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers.

A migrant worker from North Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, is suspected of having fallen victim to organ trafficking while working in Doha, Qatar.

Sri Rabitah, 25, who started working as a housemaid in Doha in 2014, also claims to have been abused by her first employer.  

She said she had been taken to the hospital on her third day of employment and was unknowingly operated on.  

She woke up the next day in pain and discovered stiches on her stomach.

Her employer said nothing about the matter and later returned her to the agency that had assigned her to the job. She was assigned to other employers but was sent back home the same year because as she had fallen ill frequently.

The resident of Sesait village found out earlier this year that one of her kidneys had been removed after a checkup at a hospital.  She visited the office of the North Lombok regent on Monday to seek help.

“I want the government to sue the perpetrator. My kidney was stolen,” said Sri.

Source: TheNation

“Never trust a Muslim”

Cambodia – Gov’t gets heat for ivory decision

Officers from Cambodian customs display some of the 1.3 tonnes of African elephant tusks seized from containers shipped from Mozambique to Phnom Penh last year. Wildlife Alliance

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday endorsed a Ministry of Environment recommendation to keep the ivory for “scientific research” and exhibitions.

Environment Minister Say Samal yesterday said there were recent requests from the NGO Wildlife Alliance, USAID and the US Embassy to burn the ivory, but he rejected them.

“We don’t believe in burning [it], and as a sovereign country, we should make our own decision,” he said. “Why should it be burned?”

Samal said the Kingdom believes in using the ivory for educational purposes, such as for scientific research and for display at museums.

“We will be working with domestic museums to see if they are interested, but we don’t share the view that the display promotes the killing of elephants,” he said.

While the research on the effectiveness of destroying ivory as a deterrent is not universally accepted, numerous African countries where ivory is poached and many countries that intercept illegal shipments routinely destroy their stockpiles.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday during a Ministry of Interior event also questioned why the country should destroy the confiscated ivory.

“I heard that America wanted us to destroy it. No. America has no right to order [the] Khmer administration,” he said, adding that he had agreed to keep it for exhibitions “so that people know it’s from South Africa and was busted in Cambodia”.

Rhinoceros horns would also be displayed, he said, adding that some of the endangered items from Africa are almost extinct, which is why the Kingdom prefers to “take care of” the ivory.

He said that other countries would be allowed to borrow the ivory for their own exhibitions, if the request was made.

Suwanna Gauntlett, CEO for Wildlife Alliance, confirmed that her organisation has made several requests to the Cambodian government and to the US Embassy to destroy the confiscated ivory, but declined to further comment on the issue.

Jay Raman, spokesman for the US Embassy, said he couldn’t provide information on the topic yesterday as the embassy was closed.

Several leaders with other wildlife NGOs declined to comment or referred questions to other people.

Sarah Brook, a technical adviser with the Wildlife Conservation Society, said that she would be “more concerned” about the security of keeping the ivory.

“I would doubt that museums would be able to keep it secure and prevent it from returning to the trade,” she said.

Usual practice in handling illegal ivory is to destroy it or send it back to the country of origin, she said.

“A large number of countries are destroying it to send a message that this is an illegal activity that won’t be tolerated and prevent it from returning to the trade,” she said.

Meanwhile, an official from the Department of Customs and Excise, who declined to be named, yesterday said authorities are still searching for Nguyen Tien Chuong, 31, the suspect believed to be behind a massive 1.3-tonne ivory bust in December.

“We are hunting for him,” he said.

“The ministries of environment and interior had a meeting about this matter to [take] further measures.”

Source: PhnomPenhPost
Authors: Yesenia Amaro and Phak Seangly

“WHEN YOU BUY “IVORY” YOU ARE A MURDERER”

Indonesia – 10,000 dancers to perform Saman Dance in Aceh

Up to 10,000 dancers are set to participate in a traditional Saman Dance performance in March at Blang Kejeren city stadium in Gayo Lues regency, Aceh.

The mass Saman Dance performance has been held twice and previously involved 5,000 dancers.

“Five thousand dancers was considered to be the biggest, but they will present [more than] 10,000 dancers,” Aceh Cultural and Tourism Agency head Reza Pahlevi told kompas.com.

(Read also: Indonesian troupe to perform Majapahit-inspired dance in India)

Reza said that the performance was part of the dance’s preservation and promotion program and the dancers themselves would be representative of all districts in Gayo Lues regency.

“Almost all Gayou Lues residents can perform the traditional dance,” said Reza. “This is why [the Saman Dance] has received recognition from UNESCO, as it is very authentic and rooted in the people’s lives.”

At the time of writing, Reza had yet to reveal the performance date. He mentioned that the committee was still waiting for the Aceh regional election. “In the meantime, the event is slated for mid-March.” (jes/kes)

Source: TheJakartaPost

Porsche will builds a high-performance Panamera Hybrid

German brand builds on new Panamera range with high-tech plug-in hybrid variant.

Porsche has wasted little time building upon its initial three model strong second-generation Panamera line-up.
 
Just two months after the unveiling of the 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo, the German car maker has now unveiled the 4 E-Hybrid ? the fourth and most technically advanced of the new 2017 Panamera models to date.
 
One of two petrol-electric hybrid models planned to join the new Panamera line-up, the four-wheel drive Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is set to make its public premiere at the 2016 Paris motor show later this month prior to the start of Australian deliveries in 2017.

Priced at $242,600 (plus on-road costs), it succeeds the earlier 4 S E-Hybrid with a claimed 50km electric range, combined consumption of just 2.5L/100km on the European test cycle along with an official 0-100km time of 4.6sec and 278km/h top speed.
 
At the heart of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a newly developed petrol-electric drivetrain also set to appear in next year’s Cayenne E-Hybrid. It uses Porsche’s recently unveiled twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine tuned to 243kW and 450Nm of torque in combination with an electric motor mounted in the front of the gearbox capable of delivering up to 100kW and 400Nm of torque.
 
Together, the combustion engine and electric motor provide a combined system output of 340kW and sturdy 700Nm. This provides the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with 34kW and 110Nm more than the first-generation Panamera S E-Hybrid it replaces in the Porsche line-up.  
 
It is also 16kW and 150Nm up on the second-generation Panamera 4S, which is powered by a more heavily tuned version of Porsche’s twin-turbocharged 2.9-litre V6 engine, albeit without the assistance of an electric motor.
 
Significantly, Porsche has altered the programming of the electric motor to provide greater emphasis on performance. It now kicks in the moment the throttle is depressed. Previously, the throttle needed to be 80 per cent engaged before the reserves of the electric motor were combined with those of the combustion engine in an earlier strategy aimed at optimizing economy.

According to Porsche, the new programming is based on that originally developed for the 918 Spyder. It allows the driver to call up additional power from the electric motor at all times.   
 
The result is a 0.9sec reduction in the 0-100km/h time along with a 8km/h increase in top speed over the superseded Panamera S E-Hybrid at 4.6sec and  278km/h respectively. The official fuel economy figure of 2.5L/100km on the European test cycle also makes it more economical than its predecessor, which was rated at 3.1L/100km.  
 
As on other second-generation Panamera models revealed to date, drive is channelled through a new eight-speed dual clutch gearbox and multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system. The earlier Panamera S E-Hybrid, on the other hand, used an eight-speed torque converter-equipped automatic gearbox.
  
Altogether, there are six different driving modes. They include the Sport and Sport Plus modes of other new Panamera models equipped with the Sport Chrono package, along with the E-Hybrid specific modes of E-power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold and E-Charge.
  
As with its predecessor, Porsche’s latest hybrid model is programmed to start in E-power mode. With a fully charged battery, it is claimed to provide a pure electric range of up to 50km at speeds limited to 140km/h.
  
Power for the Panamera E-Hybrid’s electric motor is provided by a liquid cooled lithium ion battery. Despite boasting a 4.7kWh increase in energy storage at 14.1kWh, it is claimed to weigh no less than unit used by the older Panamera S E-Hybrid.
 
Porsche says the battery can be charged in 5.8 hours using a standard 3.6kW charger, while an optional 7.2kW charger is claimed to reduce the charging time to 3.6 hours. Charging can be started via the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system or remotely via the Porsche Car Connect app. An auxiliary air conditioner also now allows the cabin to be cooled during charging.
 
A so-called power meter allows the driver to keep tabs of the operation of the hybrid driveline via a standard 12.3 inch touch screen display. Similar to that found on the 918 Spyder, it provides detailed data on energy storage, including the amount of electrical energy being used in real time as well as that recovered through recuperation. There is also a boost assistant that displays the energy available for boosting performance via the electric motor as well as a hybrid assistant that provides information on how to regulate the electric drive for maximum economy.
 
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid rides on a standard air suspension. The newly developed underpinnings use a three chamber design in combination with electronic damper control and dynamic chassis control that supports torque vectoring and active roll stabilisation.

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Red Bull launch RB13 ahead of 2017 F1 season

Red Bull Racing has as last top team in F1 unveiled his new car. The car in which Max Verstappen and team mate Daniel Ricciardo will compete, has a distinctive opening at the front of the nose.

The in matt colors painted car has also a kink in the nose as the car of Force India. The large shark fin on the RB13 is sprayed completely dark.

Photos: #Twitter – @redbullracing

Indonesia – Divers collect waste in waters around Pramuka Island

Polluted: Waste piles up along the beach at Panarukan Port in Situbondo, East Java.

Dozens of divers cleaned up the waters around Pramuka Island in Thousand Islands regency on Saturday to commemorate National Waste Awareness Day, which fell on Feb. 21.

A total of 40 divers managed to collect around 80 kilograms of rubbish, which mostly consisted of cans, bottles, plastic bags and used tires.

Thousand Islands regency secretary Eric Pahlevi Zakaria Lumbun said the divers were divided into three groups and they dove to depths of up to 12 meters.

“This act of awareness was also accompanied by mangrove planting activities on the western side of the island,” Eric said as quoted by beritajakarta.com. (wnd/ebf)

Source: TheJakartaPost

Indonesia – Tana Toraja to be next top-priority tourist destination

Designation of Toraja as prioritized tourism destination to help improve accessibility, spurs development World Bank may become engaged in development of Toraja

Some tourist destinations have made a name for themselves long before the authorities granted them the special attention they deserve.

For many foreigners, Tana Toraja rings a bell because of its widely distributed coffee as well as its cultural heritage sites exposed in international publications and at global tourism trade fairs.

However, it was only recently that the government decided to designate Tana Toraja, the pride of South Sulawesi, as one of its emerging tourist destinations to be developed as a matter of priority, along with 10 others appointed earlier.

A special team comprising members of various ministries and agencies had been set up to speed up the development of Tana Toraja, said Deputy Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Safri Burhanuddin.

“Tana Toraja itself is already part of the national strategic tourism area, so we will only need to carry out an integrated study to develop Toraja further,” said Safri, who oversees human resources, knowledge and technology as well as maritime culture at the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister.

(Read also: Toraja to be next top-priority tourist destination)

The team’s main tasks will include improving access to the area, particularly by expanding Pongtiku Airport and completing the construction of Buntu Kunik Airport.

At present, tourists typically embark on a nine-hour car ride from the provincial capital of Makassar to reach Tana Toraja.

Safri said the aim was to promote Tana Toraja as Indonesia’s main cultural destination.

Home to thousands of indigenous Torajan people, the area is widely known for its unique traditional funeral ceremonies, beautiful housing architecture and buffalo fighting, among other things.

Tana Toraja welcomed 296,136 domestic and 34,865 foreign tourists in 2015, according to Tourism Ministry data.

In the same year, North Toraja hosted 286,669 domestic and 32,763 foreign tourists.

The government hopes to double arrivals by 2019.

A recent visit by Vice President Jusuf Kalla, himself a South Sulawesi native, had played a significant role in the area’s designation as the 11th emerging tourist destination, Safri said.

The government has declared tourism one of the country’s main sectors to develop and expects to garner US$20 billion in foreign exchange revenue in 2019, double the figure of 2013.

To achieve this goal, it eyes 15 million foreign tourists this year and 20 million next year.

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