Antarctica registers record temperature of over 20 C

Antarctica registers record temperature of over 20 C

Sao Paulo (AFP) – Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said Thursday.”We’d never seen a temperature this high in Antarctica,” Brazilian scientist Carlos Schaefer told AFP.He cautioned that the reading, taken at a monitoring station on an island off the continent’s northern tip on February 9, “has no meaning in terms of a climate-change trend,” because it is a one-off temperature and not part of a long-term data set.But news that the icy co… (more…)

Muslim child conceived out of wedlock cannot bear father’s name – Federal Court

Muslim child conceived out of wedlock cannot bear father’s name – Federal Court

The Federal Court, in a majority 4-3 decision, ruled that a Muslim child conceived out of wedlock cannot bear his father’s name.The seven-member bench led by Court of Appeal president Rohana Yusuf allowed partly the appeal brought by the National Registration Department (NRD), its director-general and the government to set aside the appellate court’s decision.The Court of Appeal, in 2017, held that a Muslim illegitimate child could bear his father’s name instead of using “bin Abdullah”.Justice Rohana who delivered the majority Federal Court decision today said section 13A of the Births and Dea… (more…)

Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony

Kobe Bryant and daughter buried in private ceremony

Los Angeles (AFP) – Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were buried last week near their family home in Newport Beach, California, in a private ceremony, according to death certificates.A death certificate for the basketball legend, who was killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles on January 26 along with his daughter and seven others, states that he was buried last Friday at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, US media reported.A memorial service for Bryant and Gianna is planned February 24 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles which can hold 20,000 people.The Center… (more…)

One unreliable witness put two men behind bars for 25 years. Now they’re ‘finally, finally’ free.

One unreliable witness put two men behind bars for 25 years. Now they’re ‘finally, finally’ free.

Two men serving life sentences for a crime they say they didn’t commit stepped out a back door and into the cold behind New Jersey State Prison on Wednesday.“Finally, finally!” Kevin Baker shouted as he embraced his attorney.“Yes sir, yes sir!” Sean Washington replied. He wrapped his arms around his mother, who waited hours on a sidewalk outside the prison along with a contingent of supporters, not knowing when, exactly, they would be released.Baker and Washington won their freedom after an appellate court threw out their convictions in December and prosecutors decided not to retry them earlie… (more…)

Artist: I did not consent to allow NAG to remove artwork

Artist: I did not consent to allow NAG to remove artwork

Updated with Anwar Ibrahim’s comment on the matterVisual artist Ahmad Fuad Osman has denied giving consent for the National Art Gallery (NAG) to alter an ongoing exhibition of his work.This comes after the government artspace removed four pieces from his solo show entitled “At The End of The Day, Even Art is Not Important”.NAG later explained that it had the rightto remove exhibited work and said it had previously “discussed” the move with Fuad.In a statement today, Fuad refuted NAG’s claim and clarified his prior correspondence with it.“I am very grateful to the NAG for our collaboration. But… (more…)

Rohingya boat capsize – many were brides being smuggled in

Rohingya boat capsize – many were brides being smuggled in

Many onboard a crowded boat that sank off the coast of Bangladesh yesterday, which killed 15 women and children, were human trafficking victims being smuggled into Malaysia to become brides, international news agencies reported.Seventy of the estimated 130 refugees on board the 13-meter long fishing trawler were rescued, Bangladeshi officials said.Of the survivors, two are suspected traffickers who are being interrogated by the authorities, BBC Bengalireported.Among the Rohingya refugees on the boat were young women who were to be smuggled into Malaysia as brides, Cox’s Bazaar police superinte… (more…)