Why Islamists or anti-Chinese sentiments don’t worry Widodo - Regional

He is also an ally of President Joko Widodo, having served as Widodo’s deputy when Widodo was Jakarta governor. With Indonesia’s investment climate improving in recent years, Chinese foreign direct investment grew four-fold last year, to reach a record US$2.7 billion. In downtown Jakarta, China Sonangol – which began its foray overseas in Angola – is building one of the country’s tallest buildings, at 303 metres. In his first presidential election, Widodo had a close shave against Prabowo Subianto, the former son-in-law of the late strongman ruler Suharto. He says the morning after the bruising Jakarta election, Anies met with Ahok.

April 30, 2017 04:18 UTC

Beware of 'Mr U-turn', says Johor PAS delegate - Nation

ALOR SETAR: The decision taken by the Islamist party to shut its door to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) is correct, said a Johor PAS delegate. "We have made the right choice by shutting the doors and not having any political cooperation with them (Pribumi). "He failed to get PAS' cooperation, now he slams PAS. Please beware of this 'Mr U-turn'," Mohd Nazari said during a debate at the PAS muktamar here on Sunday. "PAS has decided not to have any relationship with that party," he told reporters after opening the 63rd muktamar.

April 30, 2017 04:07 UTC

Religious school aware of assistant warden's past - Nation

PETALING JAYA: The private religious school where an 11-year-old boy was allegedly abused said it was aware that the assistant warden was a convicted criminal. The school knew that the assistant warden was released early for good behaviour. The school said the statement was released after almost two weeks of facing criticisms and accusations over Mohamad Thaqif's death. Mohamad Thaqif was hospitalised on April 19 following alleged abuse four weeks earlier by the assistant warden at MTAJ. The assistant warden is under remand until May 3.

April 30, 2017 04:07 UTC

Wanita MCA slams chess championship organiser for moral policing - Nation

PETALING JAYA: Wanita MCA has condemned the organiser and chief arbiter of a chess championship for acting as "moral police" in forcing a 12-year-old girl to withdraw from the event based on a dress that was deemed "seductive". Wanita MCA chairman Datuk Heng Seai Kie said the key issue should not be about the girl's outfit, but the mindset and motive of the organiser and chief arbiter whom she claimed have misused their powers. Heng said the girl's dress is deemed proper for most events and the organiser was unreasonable to revoke the contestant's qualification should she wear a similar outfit. Feeling harassed and humiliated, the girl, who is the Kuala Lumpur district chess champion, withdrew from the tournament. The tournament director had told The Star that the organiser would refrain from making a further statement until the investigation was completed.

April 30, 2017 04:07 UTC

Fit-again Kaka scores for Orlando on emotional return - Football

(Reuters) - Kaka made a triumphant return from injury with a goal in Orlando City's 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids in the Major League Soccer on Saturday. "I cannot put in words what I'm feeling, the emotions to be back to be playing, to score and win another game at home," the former Brazil midfielder told reporters. "When I came on the field and all of the supporters clapped for me and were saying my name, it was unbelievable. "Today, I showed that I'm ready to join the team again and be part of this amazing group," added Kaka, the league's highest paid player. Orlando (6-1-0) also got its first goal of the campaign from Carlos Rivas who helped the team stay perfect at home.

April 30, 2017 04:07 UTC

Deadline for e-filing extended to May 15 - Nation

PETALING JAYA: The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) has extended the deadline for individuals filing their tax returns online to May 15. On its Facebook page, IRB said the extension until mid-May is only applicable for BE forms filed via e-filing. It said that BE category taxpayers, who are filing their forms manually, must do so over the counter by Sunday (April 30). The BE form is for individual taxpayers without business income. For more information, visit the IRB's official website at http://www.hasil.gov.my/

April 30, 2017 02:03 UTC

You're never too old to roll, says 92-year-old gymnast - Regional

On it, a 92-year-old granny - clad in a tight green leotard - could be accused of failing to act her age. Besides the parallel bars at the dinner show, she also performed somersaults, headstands and cartwheels during various demonstrations in the day. "If you are fit, it is easier to master life," Quaas told The Sunday Times in an interview, through an interpreter. That year, Quaas won a regional competition and, to date, she has 11 medals from the German Championships that take place every five years. During her short stay in Singapore, Quaas also met elderly residents at St Luke's eldercare centre in Hougang and St Joseph's Home in Jurong.

April 30, 2017 01:41 UTC

Nomura leads LPGA Texas Shootout, amateur Seong two back - Golf

(The Sports Xchange) - Japan's Haru Nomura maintained her lead through three rounds of the LPGA Texas Shootout despite a late stumble on Saturday in Irving, Texas. Nomura double-bogeyed the par-three 17th en route to a one-over 72 in windy conditions at Las Colinas Country Club. "Windy (is) easy," said Nomura, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour last year. Only four amateurs have won on the LPGA Tour, with world No. "I thought just even par is just so good, but I started birdie-birdie, which is why I played very easy today," Seong said.

April 30, 2017 00:33 UTC

Poulter retains PGA Tour card after all - Golf

(Reuters) - Britain's Ian Poulter has regained his PGA Tour card for the rest of the season, a week after losing it. The European Ryder Cup hero thought he had lost his full playing status after failing to earn enough points in a designated number of tournaments this season after returning from a foot injury that curtailed his 2016 campaign. But the Tour recalculated his points tally based on a different formula and concluded he had done enough to keep his card through the end of the season. "It's obviously a big bit of good news," Poulter told reporters at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday. American Brian Gay uncovered the discrepancy in points allocation for players coming back off medical exemptions and also benefited by retaining his own Tour card.

April 29, 2017 23:37 UTC

Smith and Blixt take four-shot lead in New Orleans - Golf

(Reuters) - The team of Australian Cameron Smith and Swede Jonas Blixt survived strong and gusty winds to open up a four-stroke lead after the third round at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Saturday. Smith and Blixt combined for a stellar four-under-par 68 in the demanding foursomes (alternate shot) format. Though Smith and Blixt come from opposite sides of the globe, they are both now based in north Florida and were brought together by the Swede’s New Zealand caddie. Blixt is a two-time PGA Tour winner, while Smith, 23, is a former Australian Amateur champion who last November lost a playoff to Spieth at the Australian Open. “It’s very difficult out here with these grainy greens when you get the wind going one way and the hill and the grain the other,” the two-times major champion explained.

April 29, 2017 22:52 UTC

Joshua wins world titles with 11th-round stoppage of Klitschko - Boxing

LONDON (Reuters) - Anthony Joshua delivered one of the great nights in British boxing annals by stopping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to be crowned IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Joshua survived a knockdown for the first time in his professional career in the sixth round and looked close to surrendering his unbeaten record until his late bombardment forced the stoppage. In a sensational fifth round, Joshua knocked down Klitschko only to end up hanging on desperately at the end of the round as the Ukrainian launched a remarkable comeback. As I said, I'm not perfect but I'm trying," Joshua told the cheering crowd from the ring. The Ukrainian continued in the sixth, setting up his opponent with the jab before a huge right cross sent Joshua down.

April 29, 2017 22:07 UTC

Senden takes leave from tour for ill son - Golf

(Reuters) - John Senden, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, is taking an indefinite leave of absence while his teenage son battles a brain tumour, he announced on Saturday. "Our son is undertaking the biggest challenge of his life thus far having been diagnosed with a brain tumour," the 46-year-old Australian said in a statement. Together, we will stand strong to tackle this disease and look forward to the day when Jacob is cancer free." Senden won the 2006 John Deere Classic and the 2014 Valspar Championship on the PGA Tour. He also claimed the 2006 Australian Open in his homeland and has long been regarded as one of the best drivers in the game.

April 29, 2017 21:33 UTC

Suarez and Rakitic see Barca through Espanyol test to stay top - Football

Suarez pounced on a disastrous backpass from Jose Manuel Jurado to break the deadlock in the 50th minute and Rakitic sealed the win in the 76th by side-footing home Messi's cutback after the Argentine had torn through the home defence. Suarez, who had failed to score in his previous five games in all competitions, took advantage of another calamitous error by the otherwise impressive Espanyol backline and rifled in from close range in the 87th minute. Barca were under pressure to win after Real Madrid had beaten Valencia to provisionally lead the standings earlier in the day, and the champions got an early fright when Jurado eased into their area but fired wide of the far post. Espanyol's good organisation then went to waste when Jurado gifted the ball to Suarez, who knocked it past former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez with an effortless flick of the outside of his right boot. Barca top the standings on 81 points due to their superior head-to-head record over Real, who also have 81 and have a game in hand.

April 29, 2017 20:37 UTC

Yates sprints to stage win and Tour of Romandie lead - Cycling

LEYSIN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Briton Simon Yates seized the lead of the Tour of Romandie on the penultimate day on Saturday by winning a two-man sprint to the line with Australian Richie Porte in the fourth stage. Orica rider Yates pulled away from Porte (BMC) with 100 metres to go, sprinting to victory and giving himself a 19-second lead over the Australian overall going into Sunday's 18.3-km time trial around Lausanne. Chris Froome, of Team Sky, preparing to defend his Tour de France title, was dropped on the day's final climb to Leysin and finished behind the leading group. Overnight leader Fabio Felline, of Italy, stayed in touch with the peloton on the 163.5-km stage but lost time and slipped down to fourth place overall. (Writing by Clare Fallon; Editing by Neville Dalton)

April 29, 2017 20:15 UTC

Bayern come out top under Ancelotti's light touch - Football

BERLIN (Reuters) - Most Bayern Munich fans had hoped for more than just one title in coach Carlo Ancelotti's first season in charge. After hopes of a possible treble-winning season drained away, Bayern saw their Bundesliga lead shrink from 13 points to seven before Saturday's win. "The Bundesliga comes first," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge had said, with each coach, including Ancelotti, making the league win their top priority. A control-obsessed coach, Guardiola had created a winning machine, capable of obliterating any opposition in Germany. With Borussia Dortmund playing an inconsistent season, Bayern had essentially only themselves to beat as Leipzig gradually ran out of steam and eventually dropped more than a dozen points off the pace.

April 29, 2017 19:07 UTC

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