Lifestyle Lifestyle en In Finnish Lapland, tourists fill Santa's sack with cash
They buy soft toys and souvenirs from pricey gift shops while a bearded Santa receives hundreds of admirers a day throughout Dec before embarking on his world tour from the valleys of Finland to the skyscrapers of New York and beyond to deliver gifts.

Holding their winter beanie hats in their hands, visitors wait patiently in line for a brief encounter with "Joulupukki" — the Finnish word for Santa Claus — and a photo opportunity in exchange for hard currency.

"We've seen other Santas but that wasn't the real one. But we're told that is the real one," said Mary Gleadall, an eight-year-old tourist from Southampton in the UK, visiting the amusement park with her parents, brother and sister.

According to Christmas lore, Santa lives in a secret place in the middle of the snowy pines of the North Pole. But the question is where?

Since 2010, Rovaniemi, the capital of Finnish Lapland, has marketed itself as Santa's "official home".

Situated a few miles from the city, the Santa Claus Village is located in front of a huge gas station.

Tourists rush to cross the Arctic Circle, marked by a white line, to meet Santa Claus in his wooden home with a pointed roof.

But entering his private cottage is out of the question as Mother Claus is reportedly protective of their privacy.

In a large room, the white-bearded old man sits in an armchair next to a chest full of letters.

Each year, he receives more than 300,000 visitors, a deluge he embraces with humility.

"I'm very happy. I'm not exhausted but, of course, I get tired once in a while" he says.

And how does Santa Claus regain his energy?

"I love to take nap every once and then. Fifteen minutes sleeping and then all is very good." he says.

Exalted tourists

Shizuka Kawahara and Saki Itoi, Japanese tourists in their thirties, flew for more than 24 hours to hug Santa for a few seconds in a precious moment immortalised with a photograph taken by an elf.

The price for one shot starts at 30 euros (RM143). Photographing with one's own camera is forbidden as it would ruin the magic of the moment, says the staff of the house.

Four-year-old Harry Gleadall, Mary's brother, approaches Santa without fear.

He quickly states his list of what he wants for Christmas: Transformers and some more Transformers before he skeptically shakes Santa's hand.

"But what if it wasn't the real Santa Claus?" Harry asks with concern.

Eager to set the record straight — and justify the long trip — his mother quickly assures him that the chubby red-clothed man is indeed the real deal.

After a tour around the shop which sells hand-made "Lapland" emblems and tons of souvenirs, the family is back in the village square, surrounded by wooden homes, Christmas carols piped out of nearby speakers.

Polar safari

In this winter wonderland, tourists have the opportunity to go on a reindeer sleigh ride.

A snow "safari" of 400m costs 14 euros per child and 18 euros per adult, an exotic experience for many foreigners who seek to discover the arctic landscapes steeped in pink light.

The -13 degrees Celsius does not discourage the plucky visitors bundled up in their ski suits.

"Everything that have been told to me during childhood, it's come true," said Perpetua, a tourist from Dubai, describing the break from the year round desert climate as "heaven".

"We expected magic and this is what we found," added Max, an Italian tourist. "Everything seems to be magic, the lights, the place, everything here".

But Miriana, a 24-year-old Italian on a university exchange programme in southern Finland, was less convinced.

"The place is really nice. But I think nevertheless that it's a bit commercial," she said. — AFP]]>
Lifestyle Sun, 17 Dec 2017 04:19:16 +0000 theSundaily 512614 at
Young Wildlife Heroes return to theme park
During their three-day stay at Sunway Lagoon Theme park, the 10 young animal enthusiasts experienced the many sides of animal conservation. At the park, they learned the behaviours, diets, and habitats of a wide variety of fishes, reptiles, and mammals.

"What I look forward to the most this council meeting is the chance to clean the animal habitats. It is something I have never experienced before," said Anna Huggel, 12, who was appointed the Chief of the Wildlife Heroes this quarter.

Calvin Ho, senior general manager of Sunway Theme Parks, said that Anna was chosen based on her leadership skills and knowledge.

"We believe she possesses the right quality to lead this group of young Wildlife Heroes moving forward."

Adding to Anna's enthusiasm, Ho explains that cleaning a wildlife enclosure or an animal habitat teaches the wildlife heroes the level of care it takes to ensure that the animals are healthy and happy in their homes.

Back in August, the Wildlife Heroes gathered at Sunway Lost World of Tambun for their first council meeting.

There they learn a few survival skills such as camping, water safety, and how to build a raft. They also experienced a night track through Gua Datuk and went spelunking into the Six Mile Tunnel, in Tambun.

"We are pleased to have the junior Wildlife Heroes back with us again, this time in Sunway Lagoon. Here, they got to see how the urbanites interact with nature and learn to appreciate our flora and fauna amidst the concrete jungle," said Ho.

The second council meeting is a part of the year-long learning programme where the Wildlife heroes will each be rewarded RM8,000 while the chief will be receiving an incentive of RM4,000 when the programme ends.]]>
Lifestyle Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:48:05 +0000 Azizul Rahman Ismail 512325 at
Britain's iconic red phone boxes ring the changes
"It smells nice," a passer-by said while sniffing the waft of hot stew steaming out of one phone box in the heart of London.

Every day, dozens of office workers come down to Bloomsbury Square to get their lunch at a phone box that has been converted to hold a tiny refrigerator and shelves to put the dishes on.

The generous salads — the house speciality — go down particularly well with customers who like to sit in the square's gardens to enjoy their lunch.

It is one of thousands of phone boxes which are enjoying a new lease of life.

Often abandoned, vandalised or reeking of urine, some have been transformed into libraries, art galleries and information hubs; others into cafes, hat shops or even heart defibrillator points.

Loss maker

Since their numbers peaked at 92,000 across Britain in 2002, phone boxes have been in rapid decline.

There are now 42,000 left, of which 7,000 are the classic red booths loved by tourists.

British telecoms giant BT plans to remove 20,000 more by 2022.

It says most of its phone booths lose money, while maintaining them costs £5 million (RM27 million) a year.

Overall, 33,000 calls are made daily from phone boxes, a drop of 90% in 10 years.

The best-known model is the K6, in pillar box red with a crown embossed on its curved roof. It was the first to be installed as a standard around the country.

It was designed by the British architect Giles Gilbert Scott for the silver jubilee of king George V in 1935, marking 25 years of his reign.

"We are looking for new alternatives to payphones," Mark Johnson, BT's head of payphone operations, told AFP.

Saving Britain's heritage

Several hundred phone boxes now house cash machines, while others are being turned into free and ultrafast wifi booths paid for by advertising

BT is also considering whether they could be turned into power points for electric vehicles.

Some are restored and sold via an authorised reseller, with prices starting at £2,750, excluding value added tax.

Others are sold for a pound to local communities or associations wanting to give them a new lease of life, part of BT's Adopt a Kiosk scheme which has already kept 5,000 of them standing.

"The whole idea of this is keep the heritage of the UK in place," Johnson said.

The Red Kiosk Company, which donates a portion of its profits to charity, is one of the beneficiaries.

It has already bought 124 redundant phone boxes, which it rents out for £360 a month. It hopes to acquire 500 more over the next three years.

"You're saving an historic structure, you're creating employment and you're regenerating an area," founder Edward Ottewell told AFP.

Outside the costs of refitting them, which can be up to £6,000, local authority authorisation can be difficult to obtain, Ottewell said.

The modest rental costs allows young entrepreneurs to get started, particularly in London, where commercial rents can be prohibitively high.

"It was the only place where we could afford the rent, because it's only a square metre!" said Ben Spier, who founded the salad bar in London's Bloomsbury Square.

Red Kiosk also counts Lovefone, a mobile phone repair business, among its customers.

"A passer-by asked me, Don't you feel claustrophobic?" Fouad Choaibi told AFP, sitting in his kiosk equipped with a small table, storage for spare parts and a tiny heater.

"No. If it was bigger, you would have more distractions," Choaibi said.

"I just go outside to stretch my legs. I just go outside and I'm out of the office." — AFP]]>
Lifestyle Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:26:54 +0000 theSundaily 512245 at
The new Berliners: Wild boars thrive in German capital
Thousands of wild boars call Berlin home, where they dig up gardens, cause road accidents and rampage through neighbourhoods.

Especially on the outskirts of the leafy German capital, people have had to learn to live with the massive omnivores.

"Many people tell me: wherever I go, I see wild boars," said Derk Ehlert, a Berlin municipal wildlife specialist.

The population is estimated to hover around 3,000, he said, but sightings are becoming more common.

While their numbers have remained steady, their behaviour has "changed enormously," he said.

There are regular reports of joggers and dog-walkers encountering the beasts that can move their bulky bodies at 40km an hour.

Wild boars have even been spotted in the very heart of the city, with two animals, possibly injured in road traffic, charging through Berlin's busy Alexanderplatz shopping square.

Daytime sightings are becoming ever more common, said Ehlert, likely because "they are no longer so fearful".

'Unpleasant feeling'

The metropolis, sometimes dubbed the "wild boar capital" by local media, has long been a haven for all kinds of wild animals.

Thousands of foxes prowl its many green spaces, stone martens are known to chew through car cables and raccoons rummage through rubbish bins.

Unlike many big European cities, Berlin also makes for a comfortable home for the hairy ancestors of the domestic pig.

Forests cover 20% of greater Berlin, and other green spaces set aside during the 19th century industrial revolution act as wildlife corridors.

Plenty of food can be found in allotment gardens and in a belt of maize and other fields around the once divided city.

The wild boars have no natural predators, hunting is seasonally restricted, and a series of mild winters has reduced mortality among the offspring.

The number of incidents involving wild boars seems to be on the rise — from road accidents, to a suburban train stoppage caused by a herd, to attacks on dogs and occasionally, humans.

Then there are the countless gardeners who report having their flowers and veggies ransacked by the wild swine.

"We receive calls every day," said Katrin Koch, who runs an information service for the environmental group NABU.

"It's just an unpleasant feeling, this latent fear when a wild boar is around ... We dramatise it, we immediately think 'boar equals danger'".

'Disembowelled' dog

Pensioner Willi Aigner had no problem with the hairy beasts until one day in Aug, when he was walking his dog in the Tegel forest, in the city's northwest.

"The wild boar was hiding in the bushes and we were already past it when it suddenly charged," recounted the 73-year-old.

The animal first attacked the dog, which it "disembowelled", and then "it was my turn", he said, showing a picture of a deep cut in his thigh that required several stitches.

The senior and his dog were both saved by a passerby who called emergency services, and a veterinarian saved the dog's life.

The 120kg wild boar was finally shot dead by a municipal hunter, who alone is licensed to cull the pigs within Berlin city limits.

Such aggressive behaviour is rare for wild boars, say experts. They usually only attack humans when wounded or cornered — or in cases where a sow detects a threat to her offspring.

"You have to remember that they are wild animals and treat them with respect," said Milena Stillfried, of the Leibniz Institute for Zoological and Animal Research.

The author of a recent study on wild boar behaviour in the city, Stillfried knows them well — even from the inside, having dissected hundreds of boar stomachs to study their content.

Contrary to popular belief, "they do not rummage for garbage but eat almost exclusively natural foods", she revealed.

Her most surprising find was the discovery of "isolated populations" in three forests of the capital.

This made sense in the west, which was long enclosed by the Berlin Wall, but remained a mystery in the east, she said.

These unique "urban wild boars" have lost their fear of humans and are very good at hiding during annual culls, said Ehlert.

"We won't be able to impact them much with guns," said Koch. "We'll just have to learn to live with these animals". — AFP]]>
Lifestyle Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:22:43 +0000 theSundaily 512243 at
12 gifts ideas this Christmas that you can get on Shopee
From Dec 12 to 14, Shopee, the leading eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan is running its birthday sale with up to 99% discount across the platform. So, what are you waiting for? Here are 12 gift ideas for your loved ones.

1. Super Dad
Let's face the fact, buying for your dad is the easiest! Dads are the most accepting people in the world. Perfume, watches, shoes, golf gloves, whatever! Why not surprise your dad with something that will bring his childhood memories back? There are plenty of things under the Games, Books & Hobbies category. In fact, you might even work on your special project together on Christmas morning over eggnoc and ginger bread cookies.

2. Mighty Mom
Yes, she can be a little tricky to please but a mom is still a mom. She loves something useful in the kitchen or the living room. In fact, she is probably, secretly hoping that you'd buy her one of those fancy kitchen storage sets that she can show off to the guests during a mini hi-tea at home. If you have extra cash at hand, why not invest a little bit more on matching glasses. Instead of 6, get her 12 pieces. Shopee's Home & Living category should cover this!

3. Oh, Brother!
As annoying as any brother can be, blood is thicker than water. So, just stick to the 'Boys and their toys' rule and you'll find something he'll love. Check out under the Mobile & Gadgets category for the latest mobile survival kit addition. Mini speakers and headphones would be lovely! And under no circumstances, must you buy him a fidget spinner. He probably has more than 100 of them hidden under his bed!

4. Stylish Sister
Your sister would love nothing more than another make-up palette in her almost-professional MUA cosmetics bag. Girls just love splashes of colour in their cosmetic collection, from the nudes to the bold and all the way to the shimmers and glitters. Not sure which colour she'd favour? Well, when in doubt, stick to brushes! No aspiring make-up artist or beauty YouTuber says no to a good set of beauty tools!

5. Auntie, Love
Remember those days when your aunt had to babysit you while your parents were away working? Well, say thank you in capital letters and don't forget a small Christmas surprise to go with it. Your aunt is just another mother to us all, possibly cooler and nags less. A nice clutch bag would make her Dec 25 morning happier. Or perhaps a sling bag with matching passport holder for her next vacation. You can find so many options under the Women's Bags & Purses category.

6. Adventurous Uncle
Admit it, we all have that one favourite uncle, who took us for a ride on the motorcycle around town, pretending he was a superhero. So, show this uncle that you still see him as a superhero. Get your uncle something from the Tickets & Vouchers category that he can redeem during his leisure time.

7. Doting Grandma
Christmas is the time that we all would love a piece of grandma's cookies. Let's turn the tradition around. Why don't you make her cookies this year instead? Not a baking maestro? No worries, get an assortment of cookies from the Groceries category and pack them nicely as gifts. Nobody has to know you didn't bake it. A gift from the heart can come in many forms.

8. YB Datuk (Grandpa)
Show him that your love is timeless. All the times he used to carry you around and show you off among his friends as the apple of his eyes and all the times he would put his newspaper down so you could have his undivided attention. What says 'timeless love' better than a good old timepiece? Under the Watches category, you'll find something of his favourite colour. In case you're worried if all 20 of his grandchildren bought him watches, then opt for a watch holder box so now he can show them off to his friends.

9. Cousin Johnny
Your brother from another mother! Can be a pain in the ahem, behind but he's still your brother. Get him something equally 'canggih'. How about a wireless keyboard? That would make both work and play more efficient.

10. Cousin Jane
If you have a bit more time, why not buy some of those loose gemstones and beads from the Accessories category and make your cousin her own charm bracelet. You can customise your selection to suit her personality. Something to remind her of her birthday, favourite colour, pet, lucky gemstone and voila, Cousin Jane will be happy to wear it anytime, anywhere.

11. Le Boyfriend
If this is your first Christmas together, then it should be easy for you to find him something. It can be a little challenging to find something for a long-term boyfriend, considering the gifts that you have gotten him for his birthday, Valentine's, first month-versary, and all the small celebrations that shout 'Us'. Something from Sports & Outdoor would be perfect to start the new year. It's a gentle reminder that his 2017's resolution to lose 5kg has yet to materialise.

12. My Fair Girlfriend
The trickiest of them all, we must admit this. Get her the wrong thing, you're likely to celebrate the new year's eve alone. So, check with her friends if your espionage skills are down the drain. She must've said something to them. Girls and their sisterhood. She probably expects something romantic. So surprise her with a trip to Honolulu, Hawaii that you can win by making minimum RM100 per transaction on Shopee through FPX online banking and the trip worth RM15,000 could be yours. On top of that, you can get an iPhone X worth RM5,500 to take better photos and selfies during the romantic getaway.

Get all your Christmas gifts during the Shocking Sale from Dec 12 to 14, as it runs 5 times a day (at 12am, 8am, 12 noon, 4pm and 8pm) with more than 50 products featured during each cycle. All products are on lowest price while stock lasts.

You can also bid for your favourite travel items like mobile and gadgets during the Online Auction which runs from Dec 12 to 14. Start your bid from RM12.

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Lifestyle Mon, 11 Dec 2017 04:42:04 +0000 theSundaily 511007 at
Dogs shielding S.Africa's youth from township violence
Many townships in South Africa are notorious for gang-related violence but in Mpophomeni, near the southeastern town of Howick, pet dogs are helping lead the way to a more peaceful future.

On a hot Friday afternoon with their dogs in tow, dozens of children filed neatly into the grounds of the Zamuthule primary school for the weekly training session.

"I was part of the gangs, but this programme changed my life," said Gasa, 20, now a trainer.

"When I started learning about dogs, I started to focus on the dogs and abandoned gangster life."

Eight years ago, volunteer dog trainer and retired teacher Adrienne Olivier started teaching children how to treat pet dogs. Every week some 100 children aged between eight and 15 go with their animals for the training she pioneered.

The project, which is called "Funda Nenja" — Zulu for "learn with the dog" — has helped to nurture kinship and respect between humans and their dogs in the township in southeastern KwaZulu-Natal province.

'Treat dogs with respect'

"Coming here has taught me to treat dogs with respect," Sihle Dubazane, 13, said, while caressing his four-year-old crossbreed, Lion. "A dog has to be treated nicely, it has blood, it can feel".

In a classroom nearby, children and their puppies sat quietly on cream-coloured rubber mats, listening attentively to a tutor.

In the playgrounds outside, children and their dogs are clustered into three classes — ordered from beginners to seniors, depending on their dog's level of obedience.

A better understanding of animal behaviour has helped the youngsters to understand their own.

Violence against or involving children in South Africa is alarmingly common, according to several children's charities.

A 2016 study revealed that in some parts of South Africa more than half of children are abused by caregivers, teachers or relatives.

Children who experience or witness violence are at a significantly heightened risk of becoming abusers themselves later in life, according to the June report of the Cape Town-based Children's Institute entitled "Out of Harm's Way"?.

Vuyani Dube, 11, has been taking his dogs to Funda Nenja for just three months and already his family has noticed the change in his behaviour.

"He wasn't this disciplined and he wasn't this responsible," said Siphesihle Dube, referring to his nephew as he walked back home from the school with one of the family's three dogs.

'Violence is coming down'

"Because of the history of violence involving the kids, (the project) is very, very good," said Dube. "It keeps them away from the street corners where they end up smoking".

Although there has been no scientific evaluation of the psychological impact of the dog training on the behaviour of the Mpophomeni children yet, volunteers and social workers say parents generally give positive feedback.

"I think it is because we are teaching the children that ... they can communicate with the animal without resorting to violence or force ... (and) it is rippling over into their everyday interactions with other people," said Olivier.

"If you can get a dog to do something without hitting it, surely you can get another human to cooperate through negotiation," she said.

Friday afternoons are much anticipated. The children start queuing up outside the school gate long before the lessons begin.

As soon as they are let in, children and their dogs are treated to a snack and something to drink. A veterinary nurse is on standby to check the health of all of the dogs.

Dogs in the area have traditionally been used to protect properties from intruders or for hunting, said the project's community liaison officer Winnie Sangcosi, 61.

"People are now telling me that violence is coming down. The children have forgotten about whoonga," said Sangcosi, referring to a potent local street drug. "Now they play with their dogs or study". — AFP]]>
Lifestyle Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:10:20 +0000 theSundaily 511953 at
Berlin's town hall takes techno scene under its wing
But in Berlin — known for its nightlife and understated cool — the town hall is stepping in to defend its legendary techno scene.

"Techno culture has given so much to Berlin, using some taxpayer money to support it is the least we can do," says local Greens party lawmaker Georg Koessler, the initiative's most ardent supporter.

City representatives are set to approve Thursday a million-euro (RM4 million) fund to cover soundproofing and additional staff to cool partygoers' exuberance, a big gesture for the chronically indebted administration.

They hope the cash can help brake a wave of closures that have struck in recent years.

Since 2011, 170 clubs have shut down their lasers, sound systems and smoke machines for good.

That leaves some 500 for the 3.5 million people of Germany's largest city and the armies of tourists disgorged from trains, planes and buses each weekend — more than 12.7 million in 2016 according to official statistics.

"Politicians used to talk about Berlin clubs as something nice on the fringes," 32-year-old Koessler — who still calls himself a dedicated clubber — points out.

"But very surprisingly, even our opponents in the (conservative) CDU are suddenly very passionate about this subject, which they call the 'night economy'," he adds.

Late-night lobby

Many clubs sprang up after German reunification in 1990 in derelict or abandoned industrial spaces in the once-divided city's east.

Now with 30 years of experience, club owners won't limit themselves to waiting around for one-off handouts from city authorities.

"We're aware of the power we have, so we press home the benefit the city draws from us, from tourism to the property market to startups," says Lutz Leichsenring, spokesman for the "Club Commission" which counts some 220 of the city's best-known establishments among its ranks.

The latest campaign is for recognition as artistic venues, which could grant techno havens a seven percent VAT rate rather than the 19% paid by bars and restaurants.

Such cash incentives underpin noble sentiments about keeping the sacred techno flame alight.

"We want to stay on the sharp edge of contemporary music culture," says Leichsenring.

"If you're offering 'free entry for ladies' or 'buy one get one free' on beer, we're (Club Commission) not going to spring to your defence."

Techno pilgrimage site Berghain was the first to talk its tax rate down in 2016, convincing the state that clubgoers came for its line-ups of star DJs rather than booze, sex and drugs.

But Leichsenring argues that securing a tax break would be even more important for smaller venues without thousands besieging their doors each weekend.

"Big clubs like Berghain, which employs 200 people, are at least profitable, they can rely on their box office and the bar," he says.

Nurturing art means clubs "have to take risks, also musically speaking, and taking risk is always an economic question" that's especially off-putting for those only just clinging to life, Leichsenring said.

Without the economic security to test out exciting new musical departures, the edgy, avant-garde feel that made Berlin nights out legendary across Europe and beyond could disappear.

Squeezed out?

Both supply of and demand for world-class nightlife remain in abundance in the city on the river Spree for now.

But the Club Commission worries that mass party tourism, insistent noise complaints and inexorably rising rents will push the city past its peak and into terminal decline.

The gathering pace of gentrification in the capital could be "the death of clubs", Leichsenring fears.

Families on the balconies of their new-build apartment blocks are often loath to endure the beats pulsing endlessly into the night from graffiti-spattered former warehouses or factories.

Politicians should, however, remember the economic contribution that partying makes to the cash-strapped capital, the Club Commission insists.

"Let's be honest, young people aren't coming to Berlin at weekends in such numbers because there are nice shopping centres," Leichsenring points out. — AFP]]>
Lifestyle Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:58:37 +0000 theSundaily 511945 at
Cool factor in Mitsubishi’s new LX Grande fridge
The launch was officiated by Mitsubishi Electric Sales Malaysia Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment group vice president Hideaki Nagatomo, managing director Hiroaki Ashizawa, and KYE Factory (Thailand) president Tsutomu Shimizu.

Ashizawa said: "Upholding the corporate statement of Mitsubishi Electric, 'Changes for the Better', the introduction of the LX Grande encapsulates all that we aspire to – a brighter future for society, industry, and everyday life through innovation".

The LX Grande boasts the latest in food-storing technology – the Supercool Chilling Case, capable of freezing meats and fish in temperatures ranging from -3°C to 0°C, without destroying the cells in the food.

With Mitsubishi Electric's Vitamin Factory advancement, the built-in LED lights to encourage photosynthesis in produce stored in the specially-designed drawer, keeping your greens crisper for a longer time.

The sleek glass exterior also exposes a contemporary LED control panel that operates with just a simple touch.

The LX Grande also comes with a massive 630L cool storage space, perfect for families with large grocery needs, or fitness enthusiasts with an advanced meal preparation routine.

It also has a non-plumbed automatic ice-maker, that comes with a detachable and easy-to-clean liquid storage case, for a constant supply of clean ice during hot days.

Keeping electricity consumption down and environmental awareness up, all these amazing features are made to be efficient as possible, through Mitsubishi Electric's Neuro Fuzzy Inverter, that even monitors and learns your refrigerator usage patterns.

For more, visit the Mitsubishi Electric Malaysia website.]]>
Lifestyle Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:00:53 +0000 Marion Fernando 510370 at
Perfect shade of pink
Unlike its sweeter variants, the Somersby Sparkling Rosé has a more refined semi-sweet taste of apple rosé cider with a flirty flavour of red berries on the palate, reminiscent of a chilled glass of sparkling wine.

A sip of the luscious light-pink liquid feels fruity and fresh, making this alcoholic beverage the perfect alternative to wine, champagne or cocktails to celebrate this festive season, to ring in the new year, and even for a romantic Valentines date.

Managing director of Carlsberg Malaysia, Lars Lehmann, officially unveiled the stunning new drink, at the launch in Kuala Lumpur, while buckets of Somersby Sparkling Rosé were served to guests dressed in accordance to the 50 Shades of Pink theme of the night.

"Somersby has upheld the best-selling cider reputation in Malaysia by always bringing consumers new excitement and experiences through its various offerings, "Today, we are thrilled to introduce Somersby Sparkling Rosé to Malaysian consumers, a liquid that is perfect for the festive celebrations and works great as an after-work drink with friends or an accompaniment to light meals," Lehmann said.

For a limited six-month period only, head over to your nearest leading hypermarket and supermarket in Peninsular Malaysia, where you can treat yourself to a pack of four 330ml bottles, or a two-pack bottle sold only at 7-Eleven convenient stores.

Additionally, you can try the effervescent grown-up beverage at Somersby sampling events, taking place at leading restaurants, concept bars, and major hypermarkets and supermarkets, from now to February 2018.

Be sure to also look out for special online contests and content dedicated to fans of the cool and contemporary Somersby Sparkling Rosé. Just visit its Facebook page or website.]]>
Lifestyle Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:56:35 +0000 Marion Fernando 510366 at
New species of 'marsupial lion' found in Australia
The predator, with blade-like, flesh-cutting premolars used to tear up prey, stalked the country's rainforests during the late Oligocene to the early Miocene era.

"This meat-eating marsupial is estimated to have been about the size of a dog and weighed around 23kg," said Anna Gillespie, lead author of a study on the find in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.

It was found at the internationally-renowned Riversleigh World Heritage Area in remote north-western Queensland state, where the remains of a bevy of strange new small to medium-sized creatures have been discovered.

Last year, a tiny "kitten-sized" marsupial lion was found at the site and named after veteran British naturalist David Attenborough.

The latest find includes the fossilised remains of the animal's skull, teeth, and humerus, or upper arm bone.

Gillespie said it was about a fifth of the weight of the largest and last surviving marsupial lion, Thylacoleo carnifex, which weighed in at around 130kg and has been extinct for 30,000 years.

It likely pursued its food — small vertebrates like lizards, frogs, birds, and mammals — through the tree-tops.

The marsupials were given the name lion due to their secateur-like teeth by 19th-century paleontologist Sir Richard Owen. There are now nine known species, which increased in size over millions of years. — AFP]]>
Lifestyle Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:19:14 +0000 theSundaily 510073 at