Koeman: Ruthless Chelsea just too hot

MANAGER Ronald Koeman conceded Chelsea were a class above Everton in Saturday’s 5-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge.

Koeman had no complaints about the outcome and tipped Antonio Conte’s men to be in the running for the title this season.

“Yes, I think they will be title contenders,” he told reporters. “It’s a difficult system to play against.

“The big difference with Chelsea is they have that winning mentality. Not only mentality, but quality on the ball, with players like Eden Hazard, Oscar, Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kante.

“They were too strong.”

Koeman, though, is adamant his players’ efforts should not be questioned despite the heavy defeat.

“Maybe it looked like they were more aggressive, but they were more confident as well after the first and second goals,” said the Dutchman.

“That was the difference. You have to accept that, sometimes your opponent is the better team. That was what happened.

“Outclassed in every aspect of football. Feeling sorry for the fans. We will focus on the next game.”
— Agencies

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Kane Arsenal’s bane again

LONDON — Harry Kane marked his return from injury with the equaliser as Tottenham drew 1-1 at Arsenal yesterday to keep their archrivals from the Premier League summit. It was Kane’s fourth goal in five games against the Gunners.

Arsenal took the lead late in the first half courtesy of Kevin Wimmer’s own goal, but Kane levelled from the penalty spot early in the second period after a foul on Mousa Dembele by Laurent Koscielny.

The result prevented Arsenal from supplanting Chelsea as leaders and opening up a six-point gap over Spurs, who remain fifth, three points below Arsene Wenger’s men and four points off first place.

Wenger has now gone five league games without beating Spurs for the first time, while

Mauricio Pochettino is the first Tottenham manager to avoid defeat in his first five top-flight North London derbies.

Although Spurs have now gone seven games without a win in all competitions, they have avoided defeat in their opening 11 league games for only the third time in the club’s history.

Spurs welcomed back talisman Kane after seven weeks out with ankle ligament damage, but Dele Alli was absent due to a knee injury that will keep him out of action for England over the international break. — AFP


Geniuses at work

(From left) Chan Hang Yii, Pang Yu Zhe, and Ng Hao Yu, 11-year-old pupils of SJKC Lick Hung Subang Jaya, demonstrate their

portable massager on a visitor at the Kuala Lumpur Engineering Science Fair. The boys took five weeks to conceptualise and build

the device. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim


NO new government-run homes for the aged will be built in order to compel families to care for their elderly. The Women, Community and Family Development Ministry also plans to convert current homes into respite centres which charge a daily fee. Stakeholders say this is a hasty move and low income families will be hard hit.

Young Malaysians still being swayed by IS

BANGI — There are still a handful of young Malaysians influenced by Islamic State and keen to go to Syria although many have been arrested and sentenced to prison in recent years.

Bukit Aman Special Branch counter-terrorism unit assistant director DCP Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said there was no specific profile of those arrested for being involved with terrorist activities in Malaysia.

Among those arrested were policemen, military personnel including commandos, high-ranking civil servants, imam, university professors and students, as well as guest relations officers (GROs), he said.

“There are no signs of Daesh (IS) threats abating in Malaysia at the moment, and it may grow to become an ideological threat in the long term,” he said.

“All states have recorded cases of arrest related to Daesh activities. This means there are no states in Malaysia which are free from the threat of terrorist groups.”

He said this when appearing as a panellist at a forum during the Riang Ria Mahabbah Carnival 2016 organised by the Teacher-Parent Association of SK Jalan Empat on Saturday night.

Ayob Khan said that since the first IS-related arrest was made in Malaysia in 2013, the number had increased each year, and this year alone, 112 people had been arrested.

“The police will continue to launch operations to curb terrorist activities from time to time,” he said.

Ayob Khan said the cooperation of all parties, including parents, teachers and residents’ associations, was required in the effort. — Bernama


Trio detained in piledriver tragedy probe

PETALING JAYA — Three men have been taken into police custody to assist in investigations into the deaths of a couple whose car was crushed by a piledriver in Persiaran Astana, Bandar Baru Bukit Raja, on Friday afternoon.

Klang Utara police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Yusoff Mamat said the trio were arrested on Saturday night to have their statements recorded.

“The construction site’s project supervisor, the person in charge of occupational safety and health, and the piling rig operator were in custody to facilitate investigations,”
he said.

“They were remanded for a day and would be released after their statements are recorded.”

The operator of the piledriver crane, who was in the cabin of the rig, suffered a broken leg when the heavy machinery toppled and landed on its on its side, sending the piledriver crashing on the car passing underneath.

A statement was taken from him after he was discharged from hospital.

Mohd Yusoff said the investigations were classified under causing death by negligence. He appealed to witnesses to come forward. Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman, 61, and his Indonesian wife Nurhayati Rosli, 56, died on the spot in Friday’s incident.

They were driving past the construction site on their way for Friday prayers.

Fire and Rescue Department personnel extricated their bodies from the vehicle.

The construction site is part of an elevated highway project — the West Coast Expressway — developed by IJM Corporation Berhad.

It was the second such incident in three months. On Aug 25, Chin Khoon Sing, 23, was crushed to death when a crane hook, weighing about 500kg, landed on her car as she drove along Jalan Raja Chulan in Kuala Lumpur.


Govt to stop building homes for aged

KUCHING — There will be no more new welfare homes for the aged set up by the government from now on.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said more and more people tend to send their aged parents and relatives to these homes instead of caring for them in their twilight years.

“Such a habit must stop. So, there is no plan for any new such home to add to the nine in existence,” she said when opening the Kampung Malaysia Jaya Activity Centre For Senior Citizens
here yesterday.

“Some children conveniently dump their parents there to avoid taking care of them.

“Some callous one will just drop them off at the gate and then drive away instead of sending them in.

“In fact, we are even converting on a trial basis the one in Kuala Lumpur into a respite centre.

“Those who send their parents there will be charged RM50 per day (per person) to pay for the meals and services offered.”

Rohani said such a centre would be like a temporary hotel to cater to aged parents when their children had to leave for the haj or umrah, travelling outstation for a number of days or when when they are sick.

If the response is encourgaing, more homes for the aged would be similarly converted.

Rohani said her ministry was still studying on coming up with a senior citizen’s card in the country as done in Australia or the United Kingdom.

“Such a card not only identifies the respective aged citizens, but will also give them some privileges based on their age, at airports and other places, as well as special discounts on certain purchases and services,” she said.

On domestic violence, she said the number of cases nationwide had been on the rise. This affected even senior citizens.

A total of 200 cases had been reported to date.

“My ministry is in the process of amending the Domestic Violence Act to try find a solution to such abuses and mistreatment,” she said. — Bernama

Move can leave elderly in the lurch, say groups

PETALING JAYA — The government’s decision not to build new welfare homes for the aged is seen as a harsh move that could leave many elderly folk in the lurch.

St Mary Nursing Home founder Sonia Jagjit said there were many elderly people in dire need of a place to live.

“Not many people can afford private homes. This decision should have been thought through as many old people will eventually suffer because of it,” she said

“The minimal amount for a basic room inclusive of food, and laundry in a private nursing home it about RM1,500 and it can increase to RM3,000.”

Sonia said there would be an increase in homeless elderly people as they would have to find other ways to survive if they were unable to live with their children.

“Some elderly people who cannot live in welfare homes would have no choice but to live by the roadside,” she said.

Hati.my team head Susan Tam criticised the government’s decision, saying the authorities were duty-bound to provide welfare or care, especially for the poor.

“Living costs are on the rise, can we seriously expect poor families to be able to look after their elderly relatives properly if they are financially unstable?” she asked.

Tam was concerned the decision to stop building homes for the aged could lead to more abandoned elderly people at public hospitals, further straining them in already uncertain economic times.

“From my past experience, old folk get dumped at Kuala Lumpur Hospital or Seremban Hospital regularly,” she said.

“If we are to be a developed nation by 2025, public servants and publicly-elected leaders must be held accountable for governance, including looking after the elderly.”

GT Community Care executive director Roy Tan said it was a wise move as it would make people more responsible towards their elderly.

“However, the elderly in genuine need of placement in welfare homes must be given consideration, otherwise more will be abandoned. As I see it, there is no blanket answer to solving this problem,” he said.

“Whatever the case, the people need to be educated on the responsibility of caring for the elderly. Similarly, the authorities have to diligently assess those who need genuine placement in welfare homes,” he said.

Goldenage Welfare Association Malaysia (Usiamas) president Datuk Abdullah Malim Baginda agreed with the move, saying it would enable the ministry to prioritise its resources on other social issues.

“This move will also empower third-party NGOs who can operate welfare homes for the aged. Simply because a home is operated by the government and its agencies does not make it all the better. So I am pleased they have finally begun to look into this issue,” he said.

Abdullah’s primary concern was to ensure the NGOs were capable and possess the expertise to operate welfare homes, and, when necessary, provided funding as well.

“We also need to know why people send their relatives, especially their partents, to welfare homes. I do not believe it is due to a lack of love,” he said

“It could be the inability to fully comprehend the problems faced by senior citizens, or maybe there is not enough space at home and financial resources to accommodate them over their own young families.”

According to the Department of Statistics, there are about six million Malaysians aged 65 years and above in 2016, an increase of 0.2 per cent from last year.


Trump rushed off stage in false gun scare

RENO — White House Republican candidate Donald Trump was rushed off stage by security officers on Saturday after a false gun scare during a campaign appearance.

The US Secret Service, which provides security for presidential candidates, later said someone in the crowd had shouted “gun” but that no weapon was found.

Trump swiftly resumed his speech in Reno, Nevada after a suspect, who was wrestled to the floor during the incident, was briefly detained then released.

The 70-year-old real estate tycoon reappeared to cheers just minutes after being led away by Secret Service agents who shielded his body with their own.

“Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped, never ever be stopped,” he declared.

“I want to thank the Secret Service. These guys are fantastic. They don’t get enough credit. They don’t get enough credit. They are amazing people.”

Just before the fracas, Trump was seen shielding his eyes from the lights in order to peer into the crowd as a struggle broke out.

Trump “was removed from the stage” by agents in his protective detail “after a commotion occurred in the crowd,” the Secret Service said.

“Immediately in front of the stage, an unidentified individual shouted ‘gun’. Secret Service agents and Reno police officers immediately apprehended the subject.”

However no weapon was found following “a thorough search” of the subject and the surrounding area, the statement said.

Television footage showed a suspect pinned to the ground by officers and searched, before he was led away by local law enforcement.

The candidate appeared unrattled and spoke with his usual self-confidence, finishing his planned remarks and accepting applause before returning to his plane safely.

“I’m actually a Republican … but I just don’t support Donald Trump,” the protester, who identified himself as Austyn Crites from Reno, told reporters after he was released.

Crites, 33, said that he agreed with Trump on many issues, but added: “I believe that he’s very dangerous for the country.”

Crites told NBC News 4 he came armed “with just one sign that said ‘Republicans against Trump’.”

The protester told The Guardian he was knocked to the ground, punched, kicked and choked by Trump supporters when he attempted to silently hold up the sign.

On social media, Trump supporters pilloried him as a Hillary Clinton mole, pointing to what they said was his deleted pro-Hillary Facebook page.

Crites said he believes the Democratic candidate is the only person who can stop Trump, and said that he briefly canvassed for her campaign.

Trump, in a campaign statement, thanked the Secret Service and local and state law enforcement “for their fast and professional response”.

Trump’s events during this long campaign season have often been disrupted by protesters, but this is only the second time that the candidate was bundled off stage by security. — AFP


You’re fired’ — candidate feels the heat

LONDON — He turned “You’re fired” into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames on Saturday — or at least an effigy of him did, as part of Britain’s annual Bonfire Night celebrations.

An 11m-high model of the Republican presidential candidate was burned at a fireworks display in the town of Edenbridge, 50km south of London.

The sculpture showed Trump, complete with his trademark mop of hair, holding his Democratic rival for the White House, Hilary Clinton, in a headlock, and sporting a pair of Mexico-themed boxer shorts.

“I think he would be quietly amused,” artist Frank Shepherd said of his muse.

Britain celebrates the failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 by letting off fireworks and lighting bonfires with an effigy of the “Gunpowder Plot” leader Guy Fawkes on top.

The celebrations in Edenbridge also feature effigies of unpopular celebrities and in the past have included former Fifa president Sepp Blatter, former prime minister Tony Blair, deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and disgraced American cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Other contenders for this year’s choice included Philip Green, the billionaire former owner of failed retail chain BHS who is under pressure to resolve the firm’s pension problems, and Sam Allardyce, who quit as England soccer manager in September, after one game in charge, after a newspaper sting.

Effigies of Trump, including one of him sitting atop a Mexican border control wall, also went up in smoke on Saturday at a fireworks display in the town of Lewes, south of London. — Reuters

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