WASHINGTON: Atlanta’s airport, the busiest in the world, was hit by a power outage on Sunday that caused hundreds of flights to be delayed or canceled. “Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport sustained a power outage shortly after 1:00 pm today,” the airport said in a statement. “The FAA Tower can operate normally, however, departures are delayed because airport equipment in the terminals is not working,” it said on Twitter. Others said they were waiting on the tarmac: “Atlanta airport doesn’t have power. !”And some said people were not being permitted to leave the airport, including a mother who tweeted: “My kid is trapped with the others at the Atlanta airport.
KUALA LUMPUR:SMALL and medium enterprises (SMEs) are starting to adopt data analytics to innovate their businesses and stay relevant in the market. As one of the five key enablers of the big data analytics ecosystem, MDEC’s target is to nurture 20,000 data professionals, including 2,000 data scientists, by 2020. Sharala said in order to stay relevant in the market, SMEs had to adopt analytics as it was a necessity. “We are not asking them to do big data analytics, just any sort of analytics would do. “We educate businesses, governments, academia and start-ups, enabling them to rapidly adopt data analytics as an integral part of their operations,” she said.
MIRI: A primary school teacher in Miri is being investigated by police for comments on Facebook that allegedly insulted Islam. Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said that so far, two police reports have been lodged in Kuching and here after the teacher’s comments were widely shared. “We have identified the Facebook account holder. The teacher’s comments on Islam and the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem – a holy city for Muslims, Christians and Jews – as the capital of Israel angered netizens. Meanwhile, upon checking the Facebook account, it was found that the holder had apologised for the comments and expressed remorse for angering Muslims in the country, including his friends and relatives.
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Compiled by CRYSTAL CHIAM SHIYING, VINCENT TAN and R. ARAVINTHANA DISABLED man working as a security guard was shocked to find that the Welfare Department would stop his monthly subsistence payment because he earned a little extra at his job, Makkal Osai reported. S. Balakrishnan said he was working as a security guard at a factory in Sungai Petani, Kedah, for the past 15 years to support his ailing wife. Considering his low income and his disability, he was also receiving RM350 in welfare aid. He said he was happy to be able to earn an honest living, but his pay as a security guard was not enough for their living and medical expenses. The monthly welfare assistance helped them get by, and having that taken away just because he earned overtime for two months would make life difficult, he said.
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KUALA LUMPUR: AIRASIA Bhd is looking to expand its air cargo business, which is expected to lift the company’s revenue. “There is a lot of belly space not just on the Airbus A320 aircraft but also the A330s. Based on the airline’s huge network in the region, with more than 350 routes in over 80 destinations, Aireen said the cargo business would also complement the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ). AirAsia has embarked on several initiatives to expand its network and build its ancillary and adjacency businesses. Hence, it will be easier for investors to value the company better, as we get bigger,” she added.
BEIRUT: A British woman employed at the UK embassy in Lebanon has been found murdered, a senior official said Sunday, adding that the crime did not appear to be political. The Lebanese official said her body was found “on the side of the Emile Lahoud road” just north of Beirut on Saturday evening. British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter said in a statement: “The whole embassy is deeply shocked and saddened by this news. Our thoughts are with Becky’s family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss. “We are providing consular support to Becky’s family and working very closely with the Lebanese local authorities who are conducting the police investigation,” he said.
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THE launch of the residential phase at the RM1.8bil Edusphere in Cyberjaya yesterday saw all 352 units snapped up within hours. The launch yesterday involved the first two of its six residential towers – Covington Suites and Foster Suites. The units were priced between RM272,000 and RM538,000, making the project one of the most competitively-priced in Cyberjaya. Both Edusphere and Edusentral are part of the group’s “edu-series” projects that comprise residential, commercial and education components designed as a self-contained community. Edusphere is on 97124.5 sq m freehold land comprising six towers of service suites, an office tower, 66 units of retail shop lots and CUCMS.
HAVANA: Cuban President Raul Castro and the head of Russian oil company Rosneft met in Havana on Saturday, the latest sign the two countries are readying a major energy agreement.State-controlled media on Sunday ran a photograph of Castro and Igor Sechin sitting with notebooks at a table with Economy Minister Ricardo Cabrisas, after the latter two had held what was termed in a brief caption "a working meeting".Castro usually appears with visitors only in protocol photographs. There was no further information.Castro and Sechin have known each other for decades.Cuba struggled with blackouts and fuel shortages after the fall of its benefactor, the Soviet Union. The rise of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's late president, ended that crisis at the turn of the century, and Cuba came to rely on Venezuela for about 70 percent of its fuel needs.But socialist Venezuela’s subsidized shipments have fallen by at least 40 percent since 2014. Cuba is looking for new suppliers to help mitigate electricity and fuel rationing to state companies.Rosneft, Russia's state-run oil company, began shipping some fuel in May to Cuba even as the United States under Donald Trump began reversing a fragile detente begun by former U.S. President Barack Obama. They were the first significant Russian fuel deliveries since the early 1990s.Rosneft, in October, said it was considering increasing oil shipments to Cuba and improving refining capacity on the island after Sechin met with Cuban Energy Minister Alfedo Lopez in Moscow.According to Jorge Pinon, an oil expert at the University of Texas at Austin, the Cuba deal this year was equivalent to around 1,865,000 barrels and valued at $105 million at current prices.In comparison, Russia reported it shipped oil products to Cuba from 2010 through 2015 valued at $11.3 million.Cuba consumes 140,000 barrels per day of oil products.
BUILDING a brand and building a business are two different things. “Malaysians are good at building a business but they are not good at building a brand,” opines Datuk Lewre Lew. He adds that it is necessary to overcome the early hurdles of building traction in order for your brand to grow. Building a brand is not just for the sake of earning money, but to touch global markets and to inspire the next generation to want to do the same, he says. He’s the one who believed, and we also believed, that we businessmen had to also initiate this kind of action – to start building our country’s branding,” Lew had said earlier.
I REFER to the report “School elite classes to be done away with in three years” (The Star, Dec 14). Since the colonial era, the streaming of classes has been the responsibility of school principals or headmasters/headmistresses and many have opted for setting up elite classes. Thus, it is baffling to hear that the Education Ministry reportedly aims to do away with the system of elite classes in the country’s schools by 2020. Of course, we can talk of peer group teaching, that is good students teaching the weaker ones. I would humbly suggest that the Education Ministry do a pilot study of mixed ability class and the teacher’s and students’ performance before considering abolishing the elite class system.
IN 2017, Asia and the Pacific will be home to 62 million international migrants. But most migrants move in search of jobs, higher wages and a better life for themselves and their families. Addressing these challenges could help unleash migrants’ potential as a force for positive change. To help shape this agenda, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific held a regional consultation in November. DR SHAMSHAD AKHTARExecutive SecretaryUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
I REFER to the announcement that the Malaysian Aviation Commission will be increasing the passenger service charge at KLIA2 from RM50 to RM73 to be the same as KLIA’s. We have been fortunate enough that planning in advance means we can more or less budget for a lower ticket price, but with the fee increase, we can be certain that ticket prices will go up. The passenger service charge is a huge increase to the ticket price set by airlines! Mavcom claims that this is because costs to run the airport are increasing but that is certainly not the passengers’ problem! There should without a doubt be NO increase in the passenger service charge at KLIA2.
Benefiting from stellar reviews and wall-to-wall marketing, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” collected an estimated US$220 million in North America theaters — some 4,232, some of which offered screenings around the clock. “Star Wars” has long been in a league of its own, and “The Last Jedi,” directed by relative newcomer Rian Johnson, was always expected to arrive as a blockbuster. Pent-up demand was off the charts: It was the first “Star Wars” movie in 32 years with performances by fan favorites like Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia). “The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams, a star in his own right, was also the first “Star Wars” movie pushed through Walt Disney Co.'s vaunted marketing system. (Disney bought Lucasfilm, the “Star Wars” studio, in 2012.)
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The airline said Saturday it was prepared to meet representatives from Impact, to which the Irish Airline Pilots’ Association (IALPA) is affiliated, on Tuesday in a bid to avert the strike. Friday’s announcement led to Italian pilots’ union Anpac and Portuguese union SPAC calling off strike action due to take place next week. Next week’s industrial action planned for Ireland was backed by 94 percent of pilots directly employed by Ryanair in the eurozone member. Ryanair, Europe’s second-largest airline by passenger numbers, has been forced to cancel 20,000 flights through to March because of pilot scheduling problems stretching back to September. Despite the difficulties, Ryanair still expects to deliver annual profit after tax of 1.40 billion-1.45 billion euros ($1.65 billion-1.71 billion).
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MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked his US counterpart Donald Trump on Sunday for the CIA’s help in thwarting a planned attack in Saint Petersburg, the second time in a week that the leaders have exchanged praise. Putin also pledged that Russian security agencies would pass on any information received about terrorist threats to the United States and its citizens. Police confiscated a large number of explosives used to make homemade bombs, automatic rifles, munitions and extremist literature, it said. In 2015, Russian security services estimated that 2,900 Russian citizens had joined the jihadist group, as well as several thousand Central Asians. “The Trump that you see on TV is very different than the real Trump,” Putin told reporters at the time.
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