PETALING JAYA: Captain Pete “Maverick” Mitchell may be a hotshot in his fighter jet but he is no match for the keris-wielding Malay warrior Mat Kilau when it comes to the box-office.Director Syamsul Yusof’s new movie Mat Kilau – Kebangkitan Pahlawan has grabbed the attention of Malaysian audience, and it’s reflected in its box office earnings. The film earned RM12.2mil in just four days, Syamsul said in an Instagram post. “Mat Kilau beat Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World (Dominion) at the (Malaysian) box office. Extraordinary,” the Munafik filmmaker wrote. On Tuesday, he told The Star: “Yesterday (Monday) alone – and this is a working day, mind you – we made RM3.7mil. Yes, on a Monday! Can you imagine?” Syamsul said Mat Kilau actually performed below his expectations on its opening day on June 23. But as more people watched it and shared their positive views of the film, it attracted more attention. Although Syamsul is elated with the film’s success, what’s truly important … [Read more...] about ‘Mat Kilau’ beats ‘Top Gun’ at Malaysian box office
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Six months ago, I tried my hand at imagining how 2022 might transpire in markets, economies and politics. Whilst I am usually highly sceptical about forecasting (‘its role is to make astrology respectable’), my prognostics were sufficiently telling that I will now claim a certain wisdom. The secret is to make ambiguous statements about a wide range of events, and some of them will stick. In this respect I prefigured Boris Johnson’s difficulties, the war in Ukraine (Bosnia was also a potential hotspot), Macron’s win and China closing down. Looking ahead, it is stating the obvious that the shape of the next six months will be determined by the damage caused by the war in Ukraine and the policy response to high inflation though what is more interesting and challenging is to frame their secondary effects. Market Stress Perhaps the easiest factor to parse is the change in monetary policy from the Fed and … [Read more...] about What Will It Take To Get Inflation Down? Is Oil The Key?
Democratic Illinois Rep. Sean Casten defeated his primary challenger, Democratic Illinois Rep. Marie Newman, by a landslide to represent the state’s 6th district in Tuesday’s Illinois Democratic primary election. Casten won with 64.5% of the vote and Newman trailed him with 32%, results showed . He had a total of 29,035 votes at the time of his victory. The two incumbent candidates faced off after the Illinois redistricting process drastically redrew the districts of the Chicago suburbs. Casten, who has represented the 6th district since 2019, lost a large portion of his constituents, FiveThirtyEight reported . Only 23% of his 6th district constituents are now represented by him, handing Newman an advantage with her representing 41% of the new 6th district. Newman currently represents the 3rd district but decided to run for re-election in the new 6th in order to represent the plurality of her constituents, according to FiveThirtyEight. Her home, previously in the 3rd … [Read more...] about Casten Defeats Challenger Newman In Democratic Illinois Primary Face Off
- A + A KUALA LUMPUR (June 29): The Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee (KL Bar), which represents about 10,000 lawyers in the capital, has also objected to Datuk Seri Najib Razak's bid to hire Jonathan Laidlaw, a lawyer from the United Kingdom, for his final appeal in the SRC International Sdn Bhd graft case. The KL Bar echoed the sentiment of the case's prosecution and the Malaysian bar that local lawyers, including Najib's own lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, are more than qualified to handle the case. There is also nothing to suggest that the former prime minister has lost confidence in Shafee to lead the final appeal of the graft case, in which Najib was convicted by the High Court in July 2020 of misappropriating RM42 million worth of funds from SRC, formerly a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd. "There is nothing to suggest that [Shafee] has lost confidence to argue the appeal; nor that [Najib] has lost confidence in [Shafee]'s competence to … [Read more...] about KL Bar also opposes Najib’s QC bid, says no indication Najib lost confidence in Shafee to argue SRC case
Daria Mattingly is a Ukrainian historian specializing in the Holodomor. She holds a PhD from Cambridge University, where she teaches Soviet and Russian history, and is on the selection committee of the Danyliw Research Seminar on Contemporary Ukraine, University of Ottawa. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinio n on CNN. (CNN) Growing up in Ukraine, one learns not to leave breadcrumbs on the table. My generation of Millennials was taught this pious reverence to bread by our grandparents who survived the 1932-1933 famine in Ukraine -- known as the Holodomor. Daria Mattingly Many a time I heard the story of how a soup with wild sorrel saved my grandmother and her siblings while the grain collected from her village was left to rot at the train station. That wheat could have saved so many lives, but "the state" did not allow it. My grandmother could not stand the sight of sorrel for the rest of her life, and always kept her … [Read more...] about Opinion: All Ukrainian children know to ‘never leave breadcrumbs on the table’
Dana Peterson is an executive vice president and chief economist at The Conference Board. The opinions expressed in this commentary are her own. Aside from, "You're on mute," "I quit" has likely become one of the most popular sayings in the US over the last two years. But while more people are returning to in-person meetings, quitting does not appear to be letting up. Indeed, an astounding 4.4 million people quit their jobs in April, and there are 11.4 million jobs waiting to be filled, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) . So why are so many workers quitting? Here are four factors driving the so-called "Great Resignation" — and what businesses have been doing to stem the tide. Money Higher wages are among the many reasons that workers quit their jobs today. Just prior to the pandemic, the BLS' labor share of income — the percentage of economic output that goes to workers in the form of compensation — was just … [Read more...] about Opinion: Why so many workers are still quitting their jobs
With abortion now or soon to be illegal in over a dozen US states and severely restricted in many more, Big Tech companies that vacuum up personal details of their users are facing new calls to limit that tracking and surveillance. One fear is that law enforcement or vigilantes could use those data troves against people seeking ways to end unwanted pregnancies. History has repeatedly demonstrated that whenever people’s personal data is tracked and stored, there’s always a risk that it could be misused or abused. With the Supreme Court's Friday overruling of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalised abortion, collected location data, text messages, search histories, emails and seemingly innocuous period and ovulation-tracking apps could be used to prosecute people who seek an abortion – or medical care for a miscarriage – as well as those who assist them. “In the digital age, this decision opens the door to law enforcement and private bounty hunters seeking vast amounts of … [Read more...] about Explainer: Abortion, tech and surveillance
Park Chan-wook [CJ ENM] For the first time in many years, the newest film directed by Park Chan-wook, “Decision to Leave,” for which he received Best Director at this year’s Cannes, isn’t rated R. Compared to his prior films such as “The Handmaiden” (2016), “Thirst” (2009), “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” (2005), “Oldboy” (2003) and “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002), the degree of sexually explicit and violent scenes has been toned down. The film rides a fine line between investigative drama and romance as a police detective named Hae-jun, portrayed by Park Hae-il, begins to fall for a suspect — a Chinese widow named Seo-rae, portrayed by Tang Wei. Seo-rae is on the police radar for presumably having killed her husband, who was found dead at the base of a mountain. At a press event on June 2, Park, fresh back from Cannes, said that the two genres cannot be separated: “A detective meets a suspect, gains information about her, questions her, follows her and goes on a stakeout to … [Read more...] about Director Park Chan-wook tones it down for his latest film, ‘Decision to Leave’
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Topline More than 65% of those who believe former President Donald Trump worked to overturn the 2020 presidential election think he should be prosecuted for his actions, which roughly half of all voters believe constituted criminal behavior, according to a new poll from Morning Consult taken days after the January 6 committee finished its fifth public hearing unveiling bombshell revelations about Trump’s behavior before and during the insurrection. Key Facts About two-thirds of voters think Trump tried to change the outcome of the election, with 88% of Democrats believing he did so, 68% of independents and 40% of Republicans, according to the poll, which surveyed roughly 2,000 voters from June 24 to June 26. About 49% of all voters believe Trump committed a crime, the poll found. Nearly 90% of Democrats and 60% of independents who think Trump worked to overturn the presidential outcome believe his behavior … [Read more...] about Two-Thirds Of Voters Think Trump Tried Changing Election Outcome, Poll Finds
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin For anyone who writes on the state of the world, the approach of Christmas brings with it the near obligation to sketch out the events and happenings of the year ahead. Last year, I took a traditional though cynical approach when I wrote Drinking with Dickens , the aim of which was to imagine what a vision of the year ahead would look like, whilst under the influence of some of Charles Dickens favourite drinks (i.e. ‘Smoking Bishop’). In the end, some of my comments (‘higher inflation’, ‘tension in Asia’ and ‘Boris resigns’) came close to the mark. The Folly of Forecasting This year, I have a less weary approach, partly because there are so many new, emerging trends, partly because the world is opening up travel wise and partly because there is so much at stake. The real world remains stranger than fiction, though to join the two I have added some book recommendations. JK Galbraith wrote that the only role of … [Read more...] about 2022 – What’s Next?