The Star is an English-language newspaper in Malaysia. Based in Petaling Jaya, it was established in 1971 as a regional newspaper in Penang, it is the largest paid English newspaper in terms of circulation in Malaysia, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. It has a daily circulation of about 250,000, far eclipsing the circulation of its next-largest paid English-language competitor, the New Straits Times; the Star is a member of the Asia News Network. It is owned by the publicly listed Star Media Group; the daily newspaper was first published on 9 September 1971 as a regional newspaper based in Penang. The STAR went into national circulation on 3 January 1976 when it set up its new office in Kuala Lumpur. In 1978, the newspaper headquarters was relocated to Kuala Lumpur; the Star continues to expand its wings over the years. In 1981, it moved its headquarters from Kuala Lumpur to Petaling Jaya, its current premise to accommodate a growing number of staff and technology devices. In 1987, The Star was one of the newspapers whose publication licences were withdrawn in Operation Lalang.
It resumed publication five months in March 1988, but after its return, The Star lost its previous'liberal flavour'. It was the first Malaysian paper to offer an online edition; the Star's dominant position as Malaysia's leading English-language newspaper has, for decades, been of significant benefit to its major shareholder, the Malaysian Chinese Association political party. Between 1997 and 2007, it was estimated that the MCA's investment arm, Huaren Holdings, collected MYR270 million in dividends - exclusively from their 42% shareholding in the Star's parent company - with dividends peaking at MYR40 million per year between 2005 and 2007. Despite a significant portion of these dividends funding debts from their acquisition of Nanyang Siang Pau, a total of MYR100 million was still paid out to the MCA between 2001 and 2007; the Star and Sunday Star are published in five editions. Two editions cover the northern peninsular states of Penang, Perlis and northern Perak, while another two editions cover the rest of the country.
As of March 2010, the newspaper has a separate Sarawak edition priced at RM1.20. There are two main printing plants; the northern editions are printed at the Star Northern Hub in Bayan Lepas, while the other two editions are printed at the Star Media Hub in Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam, Selangor. The Star weekday paper is packaged as a 4-in-1 paper, comprising the Main Paper, StarBiz, Star2 and Star Metro; this newspaper contains classifieds. The Main Paper covers the latest in both local and international news while StarBiz offers a comprehensive coverage of business developments, market trends, financial reports and updates in the stock market. Star2 features articles on lifestyle, health, social etiquette, environment, food and many more; the contents published on the Star Metro varies by edition, covering news and events in a particular region covered by each edition. Weekly sections include: StarBytz: focuses on computers and information technology StarEducate: features careers, exam tips, advice on furthering education, commentaries by renowned educationists and updates in the education industry Star Fit4Life: focuses on various aspects of well-being, from medical research to treatments, fitness trends and nutrition, mental health and public health issues, alternative therapy and healing methods Life Inspired: a luxury-focused pull-out covering topics from art, travel, fashion and more.
This section was launched in October 2013. Dots: News and articles sourced from international media partners covering a varied range of topics from politics and society to people. Provides a deeper insight into thoughts and outlook The Star BizWeek is a weekly financial magazine published every Saturday that highlights issues, personalities and stocks that are to make news in the week ahead F1F4 is a fortnightly pull-out published on alternate Mondays, it contains information about Mathematics and Science syllabus for Form Four. Stuff@school is a weekly pullout distributed every Monday to schools, it features newsy articles, book reviews and short stories dedicated to teens. Star Metro is a pull-out featuring news and events from all of Malaysia and abroad. Star Metro features the classifieds. CarSifu is a pullout distributed every twice a month on alternating Thursdays that offers updates on the automobile scene. R. AGE now does video-based content with an investigative angle, their work with the Predator in My Phone series led to the passing of the Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017.
They are working to unravel the student trafficking syndicate in Malaysia, featured in their series Student/Trafficked Notable columnists for The Star include Marina Mahathir, a socio-political activist and writer, Martin Khor, former head of the Third World Network, law professor Shad Saleem Faruqi. Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister and chairman of the paper's parent company from the 1977 to 1989 contributed to the newspaper through his column Looking Back, published every Monday from 1974 to 1989, his writings in the column, which consisted of his personal accounts in the ruling party in regards to seeking Malaysia's independence, were deem
Matthew Gary Pouliot is a member of the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 15, which includes north and west Augusta. Elected in November 2012 at the age of 25, Pouliot is one of the youngest members of the Maine Legislature, he graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta, works as a Realtor. Pouliot serves on the Legislature's Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, where he has introduced several bills, passing measures to advance financial literacy in Maine's high school curriculum and allow municipalities to prohibit sex offenders from living within 750 feet of a recreational area. Pouliot is a native of Augusta, he serves on the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, the Augusta Rotary Club, the Augusta Downtown Alliance, Junior Achievement of Maine. He is a member of the Franco-American Calumet Club. Pouliot married the former Heather Marie Veilleux on August 17, 2013; the Pouliots reside in Augusta
POPLINE was a reproductive health database, containing citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports and unpublished reports in the field of population, family planning, reproductive health issues. POPLINE was maintained by the K4Health Project at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/ Center for Communication Programs, it was funded by the United States Agency for International Development; the original database consisted of citations from Popinform, a database maintained from 1973 to 1978 by the Population Information Program at George Washington University. In 1978, the database, along with Population Information Program, moved to the Johns Hopkins University. Between 1980 and 2001, renamed POPLINE, the database became part of the United States National Library of Medicine's Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System along with MEDLINE and other NLM databases. Since 2001, POPLINE had been maintained by the Knowledge for Health Project PIP INFO, based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs.
Access to POPLINE was available free of charge at its website. Other organizations contributed to POPLINE throughout its history, such as the Center for Population and Family Health Library/Information Program at Columbia University, Population Index at Princeton University, the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina. On September 1st, 2019 POPLINE was retired along with the rest of the Knowledge for Health Project which closed a few days later. POPLINE provided more than 370,000 records citing worldwide literature in the area of reproductive health; the majority of items were published from 1970 to the present, but there were selected citations dating back to 1827. The database was updated weekly; the database consisted of bibliographic citations and abstracts to a variety of materials including journal articles, technical reports, unpublished literature. Subjects covered internationally included family planning methods and programs and population law and policy. Additional subjects covered in reference to developing countries include adolescent reproductive health, environmental health and health, health communication, sexually transmitted infections and child health and environment, women in development.
POPLINE had both basic and advanced searches and offered customized searches provided on request to persons or institutions in developing countries. Full-text copies for most of the documents cited in POPLINE could be requested from users in low-income countries free of charge via mail or sent by email. In addition to free text searching, the database could be searched by keywords from the POPLINE Thesaurus, a controlled vocabulary of 2,400+ terms used to index documents in the database. In 2008, the New York Times reported that Johns Hopkins University had instructed the POPLINE search engine to ignore the search term "abortion", as it ignores search terms such as "a" and "the", in February 2008 in response to pressure from the United States Agency for International Development. Making the term a stop word removed the ability of users to search for this common term for a reproductive health issue. After learning of the restriction on finding abortion-related articles, the dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Michael J. Klag, lifted the restriction.