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Friday, June 29, 2012

From July 1, food outlets without Jakim halal logo risk fine, jail


KUALA LUMPUR: Starting July 1, all food outlet operators who are still using and displaying halal logo not issued by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) or State Religious Council (MAIN), will be liable to a fine and imprisonment.
Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha said a corporate organisation still using the halal logo from other sources could be fined with an amount not exceeding RM200,000 for the first offence and not exceeding RM500,000 for the second or subsequent offence.
For a non-organisation, a fine not exceeding RM100,000 or a maximum jail term of three years, or both, can be imposed upon conviction, he said in a statement here Friday.
He said for a second or subsequent offence, they could be fined an amount not exceeding RM250,000 or maximum jail term of five years, or both, upon conviction.
"Starting Sunday, Jakim will not hesitate to take action against food outlets and premises which do not have Jakim or MAIN halal logo," he said.
Othman also reminded the food outlet operators that the usage of halal logo or words like 'ditanggung halal' (halal assured), 'Muslim food', 'Ramadan buffet', as well as symbols that could confuse the Muslims, was prohibited as stipulated under the Trade Descriptions (Definition of Halal) Order 2011, which had taken effect since Jan 1, this year.
He also called on members of the public with information about the abuse of halal logo to lodge a report to Jakim to enable further action be taken. - Bernama

Bank clerk torched to death outside apartment unit


KUALA LUMPUR: Bank clerk P. Yoga Ambiga was looking forward to a blissful married life.
Two weeks ago, the 27-year-old became engaged and her future appeared set. Fate, however, had other plans.
On Thursday night, Yoga Ambiga was torched to death in front of her unit at the Mesra Prime Apartment in Kampung Ampang Campuran, Ampang.
Initial police investigations have indicated that a man was waiting for the victim to return from work before setting her ablaze outside the unit at 10.15pm.
Ampang Jaya deputy police chief Supt Nazri Nawawi said: "She had just returned home when a man attacked and set her ablaze in front of the apartment unit.
"We do not rule out the possibility the murder was motivated by jealousy," he said, adding that Yoga Ambiga's purse containing valuables, and mobile phone were intact.
According to a neighbour, identified only as Efa, 32, she was watching television when she heard screams outside the unit.
"When I opened the door, I saw Yoga Ambiga ablaze, while another neighbour tried to douse the flames.
"The incident happened very fast as it was over in 10 minutes. I think the victim was assaulted before being set on fire as she sounded weak," she said.
Efa said the victim, who was staying with a sister at the unit, was engaged two weeks ago.
The body was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. - Bernama

Monday, June 25, 2012

Student dies giving at sperm bank


Zheng Gang
Zheng Gang

There are loads of myths about masturbation—hairy palms, going blind… Here's a new one: you can wank yourself to death.
In China, a 35-year-old medical student died while donating his semen for the fifth time in two months. Nurses at the Hubei Provincial Human Sperm Bank found Zheng Gang unconscious in the donor room and he died on the way to the hospital.
No one knows what happened in the 45 minutes Zheng was in the room alone, and the cause of his death remains a mystery because his body was cremated the day after he died without an autopsy.
Those who knew Zheng from the Huazhong University Of Science And Technology, which owned the sperm bank, said he was healthier than any of them. "I hadn't seen him sick in three years," said one of his lecturers, Professor Lin.
Zheng was an attending doctor at the Heart And Brain Surgery Department of Laohekou Number 1 Hospital, but he resigned in 2008 to pursue his masters degree and PhD. He visited his former colleagues from time to time, and records show they gave him a complete medical check 10 days before he died.
The report said Zheng, standing at 178cm and weighing in at 80kg, was in excellent health. "Even when he was working here, we had not seen him sick," said one medical attendant.
Zheng Jinlong carrying the evidence he collected himself.
Zheng Jinlong carrying the evidence he collected himself.
Zheng Jinlong, Zheng Gang's father, received 88,000 yuan (RM44,000) from his son's university as compensation, and they waived the 20,000 yuan (RM10,000) tuition fee for his daughter-in-law who's also a student there. Jinlong, however, has filed a 4mil yuan (RM2mil) lawsuit against the institution.
"I asked for a post mortem on my son a few times, but my requests were rejected. Something must have gone wrong. My son was so healthy," said Jinlong, reading the indictment at the hearing of the case last week. He added that he was unable to afford a lawyer and had collected the evidence himself.
According to the Hubei Provincial Human Sperm Bank website, a qualified donor must donate his semen from eight to 15 times in six months to earn between 3,800 and 4,800 yuan (RM1,900 to RM2,400). An additional 200 yuan (RM100) fee is paid out if the donor completes his assignment in three months.
Source: Southern Metropolitan News
Published: 25th June 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Papers make big song and dance over issue


PETALING JAYA: The past week saw Indonesian newspapers reporting on the controversy over the Tor-tor and Gordang Sambilan ensemble.
The papers quoted local politicians expressing their unhappiness over the Malaysian claim that the dance and beating of nine drums were part of the national heritage of this country.
The Jakarta Post reported interim North Sumatra Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho as saying that people of the province were “really hurt” by the “attempt” by Malaysia to claim the dance and musical ensemble.
“They are truly the native culture of North Sumatra and we protest that both things (dance and music) have been claimed as part of Malaysian culture. This has really hurt us,” Gatot was reported as saying.
On Tuesday, The Jakarta Globe reported that senior Indonesian lawmaker Nurhayati Ali from the Democratic Party had demanded that a special legislative caucus be established to resolve the “conflict”.
Another lawmaker from the same party, Ruhut Sitompul, was quoted as saying that Indonesia must use “hard diplomacy” to defend its cultural heritage.
On Thursday, the Tempo newspaper quoted Indonesian Deputy Minister of Education and Culture Wiendu Nuryanti as saying the Malaysian Government “cannot claim that Mandailing culture belongs to Malaysia because its origin and history can be traced back to the North Sumatrans in Indonesia”.
The Malaysian Mandailing community, however, is not pleased with the aggression in Indonesia.
Malaysian Mandailing Association president Ramli Abdul Karim Hasibuanexpressed disappointment over the actions of the protesters, saying they were only interested in causing a rift between the two countries.
“I have gone live on national television for the past week in Indonesia to explain the issue, that Malaysia is not trying to claim the dance as theirs. But they (the protesters) are not interested in listening,” sad Ramli.
“The Malaysian Government intends to recognise the two as a Mandailing heritage here. The dance belongs to Mandailing, not Malaysia or Indonesia. Nobody is trying to claim ownership here,” said Ramli.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Tasha Shilla: Neelofa's not my problem


Tasha has no comment on the feud between Neelofa and Anzalna, and insists she has no problem with Neelofa.
Tasha has no comment on the feud between Neelofa and Anzalna, and insists she has no problem with Neelofa.

The bitter feud between Azura movie star Neelofa and Anzalna, lead actress in the upcoming movieSepah, may be polarising all those following the drama, but a third starlet initially named in another kerfuffle with Neelofa is steering clear of the whole debacle.

Tasha Shilla, voted Best New Artiste at the Anugerah Bintang Popular two months ago, was apparently the subject of a bitter comment by Neelofa, who was also up for the award. After her loss to Tasha, Neelofa allegedly posted her thoughts on Twitter, saying she didn't think Tasha deserved to win.
In an interview with Daily Chilli, Tasha admitted she hadn't seen the tweet and only read out about it in the press. And for that matter, she hasn't spoken with Neelofa about her supposed statements. Still, she insists she doesn't have a problem with Neelofa.
"Fights and arguments are normal in life, not just among girls but boys, too," said the 25-year-old starlet, adding that this was her first encounter with a problem like this so early in her career. "It's a bitter part of the celebrity world."
Despite her rumoured rift with Neelofa, she refuses to weigh in on the pending defamation lawsuit between former Dewi Remaja 2010 rivals Neelofa and Anzalna. "Regarding their spat, I don't want to get involved. I don't have any problem with anyone," she said.
It's been eight days since Neelofa's lawyers sent a Notice Of Demand to Anzalna, threatening to slap her with a defamation lawsuit over comments she made to the press about their client. Calls by Daily Chilli to the law firm were unanswered.
Tasha also avoided answering any questions about Neelofa's acting skills, although she confessed that she wouldn't turn down a professional working collaboration between them. "I wouldn't mind starring opposite her in a film. If it's a good script, why not?”
Meanwhile, she has just finished filming her part in the TV drama Rania Sri Puteri Duyung and is currently shooting a series of Hari Raya programmes including one called Ketuk-Ketuk Ramadan.
She'll also play tour guide to 30 fans on an eight-day vacation to Amsterdam in September. The package trip is being offered by Air France/KLM, in conjunction of the Netherlands Flower Exposition which happens every 10 years. "We'll visit tourist spots, tulip fields, cheese farms and historical sites. I'm looking forward to an enjoyable time," she said. - DailyChilli
Published: 22nd June 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Kevin Costner sued for blocking neighbour's view


Oi Kevin! Your hedges are blocking my ocean view
Oi Kevin! Your hedges are blocking my ocean view
Kevin Costner's neighbour is more than miffed.

Charles “Rick” Grimm, the actor’s neighbour at his beachfront Santa Barbara home, filed a suit for up to $500,000 (RM1.5mil), alleging Costner breached a 55-year-old contract by planting hedges and trees taller than six feet, blocking the plaintiff’s view of the Pacific Ocean, according to court documents obtained byTheWrap.

Costner allegedly broke a contract put into place when the property was initially subdivided back in 1957. That contract stipulated a six-foot limit to hedges.
According to the documents, Costner planted 10-foot conifers to block the view of star-struck vacationers renting Grimm’s house.

Grimm, who claimed the obstruction devalues his house by half its original worth, wants the court to order Costner to prune the hedges back to the level of the six-foot, ivy-covered fence that divides their properties and to compensate him with $150,000 (RM450,000).

If not, he wants to be paid $500,000 (RM1.5mil)in damages.

Grimm, who owns an investment firm, claimed he spoke repeatedly to Costner’s wife, Christine, who said they planted the evergreens to do “what we have to in order to feel comfortable in our own home.”

When Grimm confronted Costner a few more times about pruning the pine trees, Costner promised, but failed, to trim them, the documents allege.

Then, in April, Costner planted at least nine tall Mexican fan palms, which Grimm expected will grow thicker and fuller, further obstructing his ocean view over time.

“Costner stated he would not ‘back down’ on maintaining the hedge and palm trees as he prefers and that he will do everything in his power to secure his privacy,” the documents state.

The contract was put in place when subdivider Elsie S. Holloway divvied up what became known as the Holloway Tract. Owners of the newly parceled oceanfront properties signed Holloway’s declaration stating “no wall, fence or hedge shall exceed six feet (1.8M) in height.”

Source & Image:Reuters

Mentally unstable man bludgeons uncle to death, crushes aunt with TV set


SERDANG: A 44-year-old mechanic, believed to be mentally unstable, was arrested Wednesday for the brutal murder of his elderly uncle and aunt at their house in Seri Kembangan, near here.
The incident occured around 4.30am, when the man beat his 70-year-old uncle, Lee Yoke Ming, to death with a steel pipe before crushing his 68-year-old aunt, Lee Kim Lin, with a large television set.
The man was found covered in blood by his parents shortly after the incident.
Police sending the bodies of the victims to the Serdang Hospital.
"We had left the house around 4.30am to go open our fruit stall in the nearby market when a neighbour called me saying they heard cries for help coming from our house," said the man's father.
"We rushed home and found my brother and his wife dead, and my son covered in blood," he added.
It is believed the uncle constantly teased his nephew for being slow, which may have provoked the attack.
"He was trying to wash the blood from his hands when I found him, and he looked at me and asked me what he should do," he said, adding that he advised him to go to the police.
The man surrendered to police who arrived at the scene.
Serdang OCPD Supt Abdul Razak Elias confirmed the incident. - theStarOnline

Monday, June 18, 2012

I’m no playboy, says footballer


FOOTBALLER Muhamad Nazmi Faiz Mansor, who recently signed a lucrative contract with Portuguese Division One club SC Biera-Mar, said he was not a playboy.
His statement came following several Internet postings that linked him to several young girls.
Unfazed: Muhamad Nazmi says that he need not explain his status with the girls as it is personal.
“I do not want to entertain any gossip or controversy implicating me. People can say anything they want but only I know the truth,” Metro Ahad reported him as saying.
The tabloid conducted a search and two names Tengku F and N kept popping up on a social networking site.
Another girl, who posted her name only as T, is said to be madly in love with the footballer.
Not denying that he knew some of the girls who had posed with him, Muhamad Nazmi refuted suggestions that he had any romantic links with any of them.
Met by the paper at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, the 17-year-old, who is known to his fans as Nami, said he need not explain his status with the girls as it was personal.
“I do not know why their pictures with me are circulating on the Internet and what the objective is,” said the young star from Lembah Keramat, Kuala Lumpur.
In a related development, actress Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor also refuted gossip that Tengku F is related to her.
In defence of his son, Muhamad Nazmi's father Mansor Mustapha said the boy was going through adolescence. - theStarOnline

Saudi appoints Prince Salman crown prince-state TV


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RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia named Prince Salman its new crown prince, heir apparent to the 89-year-old King Abdullah, after the death of Crown Prince Nayef on Saturday, state TV said citing a royal decree.
The pragmatic prince will retain his role as defence minister and is promoted to deputy prime minister, while his younger full brother Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz is made interior minister, state TV said on Monday.
Prince Ahmed had been deputy interior minister for several decades under the late Nayef. King Abdullah stays on as prime minister.
(Reporting By Angus McDowall; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
Copyright © 2012 Reuters

Aireen Omar is new AirAsia CEO for Malaysia


KUALA LUMPUR: AirAsia has appointed Aireen Omar as its new chief executive officer (CEO) of Malaysian operations as AirAsia group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes resigns as Malaysia CEO.
Fernandes said Aireen has been with AirAsia for the past six years.
Reuters meanwhile reported that prior to the appointment, Aireen was AirAsia's regional head of coporate finance and treasury.
Newly appointed AirAsia's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Malaysian Operations Aireen Omar smiles after Group CEO Tony Fernandes places a cap bearing the company logo on her head, during a news conference in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur June 18, 2012. Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd said on Monday it had appointed Omar to head its local operations as the founder of Asia's largest budget carrier Fernandes moves to Indonesia to oversee its regional expansion plans. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
She will assume her new post on July 1 and report directly to Fernandes, now CEO for the AirAsia group, who confirmed he was moving to Jakarta.
"During the credit crisis, Aireen kept AirAsia ahead of the curve," AirAsia co-founder Kamarudin Meranun told reporters at the budget carrier's headquarters at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang.
"While other companies fell into trouble securing any financing at all, Aireen was able to lock up financing at very competitive rates for two years for the purchase of aircraft for Airasia." - thestaronline

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Haze worsens in Klang Valley with unhealthy air quality in 8 areas


K. Lumpur at 12.30pm today -photo: credit  to H Mushtaryzah

KUALA LUMPUR: The haze situation has worsened with residents in the Klang Valley waking up to thick smog outside their homes.
The Environment Department reported worse conditions on Saturday morning, with all eight areas monitored in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur recording unhealthy Air Pollutant Index (API) levels, four more areas than Friday.
As of 11am, they are Port Klang (142), Cheras (133), Petaling Jaya (131), Shah Alam (130), Batu Muda (128), Banting (120), Kuala Selangor (101) and Putrajaya (101).
Murky highway: Poor visibility caused by haze along the LDP near Bandar Utama, Selangor, yesterday.
The DOE classifies API readings of between 0 and 50 as Good, 51-100 as Moderate, 101-200 as Unhealthy, 201-300 as Very Unhealthy, and more than 301 as Hazardous.
It was previously reported that the haze originated from peat and forest fires in Riau, the central Sumateran district of Indonesia, with the south-westerly wind blowing it across the Strait of Malacca.
The Health Department issued an advisory late yesterday for affected members of the public to reduce their outdoor activities.
"Be indoors all the time. If you have to be outside, do wear the right masks," the department said in a statement.

Saudi Crown Prince Nayef, next in line to throne, dies




RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (pic) has died in Geneva, Saudi state television said on Saturday, citing a royal court statement.
Nayef, interior minister since 1975 and thought to be 78, was the heir to Saudi King Abdullah and was appointed crown prince in October after the death of his elder brother and predecessor in the role, Crown Prince Sultan.
State television said the burial would be in Mecca on Sunday.
His death means the 89-year-old King Abdullah must nominate a new heir for the second time in nine months.
Defence Minister Prince Salman, 76, seen as likely to continue King Abdullah's cautious reforms, has long been viewed as the next most senior prince in the kingdom's succession.
Nayef had a reputation as a steely conservative who opposed King Abdullah's reforms and developed a formidable security infrastructure that crushed al Qaeda but also locked up some political activists.
He, King Abdullah and Salman are among the nearly 40 sons of Saudi Arabia's founder, Abdulaziz ibn Saud, who established the kingdom in 1935.
Salman was made defence minister in November and had served as Riyadh governor for five decades.
Nayef went to Switzerland for medical tests in May. -Reuters

Friday, June 15, 2012

Maher Zain: My identity crisis is over

Maher Zain promises an extra extra special concert for his Malaysian fans.
Maher Zain promises an extra extra special concert for his Malaysian fans.

Swedish-Lebanese R&B singer Maher Zain has admitted that being raised a Muslim in Europe had him somewhat confused by the lifestyle and his faith in a foreign land. Born in Tripoli in 1981, his time in Lebanon was short-lived before his family moved to Sweden when he was eight.
But as an adult, the 31-year-old now has a better grasp of his identity.
“Before I was very confused. I didn’t know what I was. Am I Lebanese or Swedish (or something) in between? But now I see myself, I’m more grown up and I understand who I am and I’m proud of that. I am a Muslim citizen of the world,” he laughed. “I feel like I’m a Swedish Muslim.”
Maher is famous for delivering songs filled with religious nuances and moral messages in a contemporary R&B fashion.
His Facebook fan page boasts 4.3 million likes and his debut album, Thank You Allah, sold over 250,000 copies in Malaysia. He’s back again to promote his second album, Forgive Me, and will be giving a concert in KL on Saturday (16 June) night.
"Music has always been a passion for me. (But when) I started practising Islam as a lifestyle I felt that I had learned so many things that I wanted to share with young people, especially. I know young Muslims can sometimes have an identity crisis because that’s what happened to me,” Maher said.
“Islam is about peace, and for me that’s a way of life and I'm trying to promote that. My songs, they are not all religious. Music is an international language, so it speaks to everyone. If you make good music, people will listen. They accept the lyrics and are inspired by it. I’ve heard a lot of response from non-Muslims of different backgrounds and cultures which have been very good,” he said.
Maher autograph's Canon's poster during the press conference in Kuala Lumpur. (M Azhar Arif/The Star)
Maher autograph's Canon's poster during the press conference in Kuala Lumpur. (M Azhar Arif/The Star)
That said Maher knows that the lifespan of a music artiste can sometimes be short.
“I don’t think I would love to do this all my life. Maybe a couple more years, and then I would love to work with children because I believe they are the fruit of life, and it’s very important for them to have a strong foundation at an early age,” said the father of a one-year-old daughter, Aya Zain.
God forbid that he should hang up his microphone before you get to see him perform live. Maher’s three-hour concert tomorrow at Stadium Merdeka starts at 8pm. For tickets and VIP seats, call TicketCharge at 03-9222 8811 or the Marctensia hotline at 03-2092 1199.
You can also book online at ticketcharge.com.my or send an e-mail toticketing@marctensia.com. Tickets are priced RM78, RM138, RM238 and RM298. Maher’s guests at his show include Irfan Makki and Raef.
The concert is organised by Marctensia Concerts and Awakening Entertainment, sponsored by Etiqa Takaful and One Drop Perfumes, presented by Canon and supported by Tourism Malaysia. - dailychili

Niagara Falls daredevil


It could be a Tom Cruise scene from a Mission: Impossible movie, but it’s not.


Nik Wallenda, plans to walk on a two inch-thick steel cable to make a 1,800ft journey from the US into Canada. If that’s not enough, it’s 200 feet above the air.

Nik, a seventh generation circus performer, first stepped on a tightrope when he was two. He targeted Niagara Falls when he was only six and made crossing the cataracts on a high wire his lifelong dream. Nik may just realise his dream tonight, but believes it all came down to faith in the man upstairs.

"It's the most important part of my life," he said. "I believe in a thing called unmerited favour. It's undeserved, but God's involvement in my life has gotten me to where I am in my career," reported The Toronto Sun.

Nik was first given permission to do the walk from American officials in June last year. But two days later, the Niagara Parks Commission (NPC) voted to maintain it's century-old anti-stunting rules. The aerialist didn't back down. He continued to bug the NPC until they relented.

Nik believes God had his back on that one.

"God's hand is involved in every step of my life," he said. "I believe doors were opened for me that weren't opened for others and doors that were slammed were reopened."

But it all wasn’t a breeze from that point onwards. American broadcaster ABC told Nik the only way they would show the walk on television is if he agreed to wear a harness. Again, Nik says it's his faith that helps keep him on track.

What Wallenda will wear, however, is a water-resistant tracksuit for the walk and tight leather shoes handmade by his mother. He said he won't eat anything in the eight-or-so hours before he walks.

Other than that, he plans to go on Good Morning, America and then, "I'll take four or five hours off and just relax."


Images: Reuters


Two toll clerks shot and hurt in RM2,000 robbery



SEREMBAN: A man fired a pump-gun at two toll clerks, injuring both of them, and seized RM2,000 they were transferring to the toll plaza office here.
Nurijah Rosli, 24, and her colleague Mohd Haffiz Zamri, 26, were injured in the back and right leg, respectively, said Seremban police chief ACP Saiful Azly Kamaruddin on Friday.
He said the robbery occurred at about 10pm on Thursday when Nurijah, who was riding a motorcycle with Mohd Haffiz were transferring the money from the Seremban toll plaza north-bound exit of the North-South Expressway to the Plus office at the north-bound entrance to the highway.
Toll clerk Nurijah, who was injured after being shot at by an armed robber, was admitted at the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital
A car blocked the path of the motorcycle and a man alighted and opened fire at the two clerks, he said.
"When the motorcycle and the two toll clerks fell to the ground, the robber grabbed a bag containing RM2,000 and the car sped off towards Sendayan," he told reporters.
Nurijah and Mohd Haffiz were sent to Tuanku Jaafar Hospital here.
ACP Saiful Azly said police would view the recording of the closed-circuit television camera at the plaza to assist them in the investigation. - Bernama

Parisian picnic pops up at Place des Vosges


PARIS - Leave it to the Parisians to organise the most sophisticated - and gastronomic - flash mobs.
Thousands of locals gathered in the city's Place des Vosges on Thursday night for an impromptu open-air dinner, dressed head to toe in white and bringing with them white tablecloths, glassware and other finery.
Participants at the "Diner en blanc" (Dinner in White) were told of the venue via social media sites and the Internet, then rushed to assemble in the heart of Paris' Marais district, in a 25-year-old tradition that still leaves passersby open-mouthed.
Last year, thousands gathered in front of Notre Dame cathedral at twilight for what organizers call a "chic picnic in a public space", waving their white napkins at the appointed time before digging in to enjoy their meals.
People attend the White Dinner event at Place des Vosges in the Marais district of Paris June 14, 2012. - REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Other venues in Paris have included the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum's courtyard, Les Invalides, the final resting place of Napoleon, and the famed Champs-Elysees.
"It's a sort of ritual, a need for social contact. It's a chance to get together and meet new people," said Claire Verckel, a regular at the gourmet event.
Sheltered by the cloistered arcades of Paris' oldest square, diners raised glasses in toasts and savoured their meals by candlelight, while in the background a white grand piano provided musical accompaniment.
"I came out of curiosity, but the atmosphere is amazing," said first-timer Arnaud Bonichon.
The pop-up event is so popular it has been picked up around the world, with Diner en Blanc events planned this year for the United States, Canada, Spain, Singapore, Mexico and even Rwanda.
In earlier years, the event was strictly word-of-mouth, but as it has grown, new rules have taken shape. Today, one must be invited by a participant from the previous year or be on the website's waiting list.
Guests must bring a table and two white chairs, a picnic basket filled with "quality menu items" and a china service, including stemware and flatware.
Only wine or champagne are allowed, as beer and hard alcohol drinks are considered no-nos.
The goal of the event is simple, organizers say: "To gather at a secret location with the sole purpose of sharing a high-quality meal with good friends at the heart of one of the city's most beautiful locations." - Reuters

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