KOTA KINABALU: Climbing activity to the summit of Mount Kinabalu has been temporarily halted due to extreme bad weather which has bedevilled the state over the past few days. In a tweet, Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said the mountain’s summit is closed to climbers, and will only be re-opened once the weather returns to normal. “Due to unfavourable weather conditions, Sabah Parks has closed the climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu until the weather improves,” he tweeted. Panalaban is a pit stop where climbers can rest before proceeding for their summit climb. “The decision (on whether or not) to close the summit climb is made on a daily basis based on the assessment of the rangers at Panalaban (following a pre-set standard operating procedure).
October 20, 2017 01:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Key Alliance Group Bhd is showing signs of recovery and poised for further upside, said Public Investment Bank (Public Invest). Public Invest said the stock return is expected to exceed 10 per cent or higher over the next two months. “Indicators currently signal reasonable entry level, with anticipation of continuous improvement in both momentum and trend in near term to lift price higher to the subsequent resistance level of 18 sen.“However, failure to hold on to support level of 14 sen may indicate weakness in the share price and hence, a cut-loss signal,” it said in a note. Public Invest had a “buy” call on Key Alliance with a target price of 18.5 sen. The stock’s last closing price is 16 sen.
October 20, 2017 00:56 UTC
The surau is located at the sub-basement floor, near a carwash and at the far end of the parking lot. Major cracks have appeared on its walls inside the men’s surau, while the women’s surau looked neater. The shocking condition of the surau went viral on social media a few days ago, prompting criticism from Penangites who visited the shopping mall. Salahudeen Ali Kadir, 23, who works at an adjacent shopping mall, said the surau had been left unkempt for a few years now. Salahudeen said the shopping mall management’s reluctance to correct the situation could be due to the presence of a mosque nearby.
October 20, 2017 00:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Approved investments in services, manufacturing and primary sectors for first 6 months, drop 28.2% from 91.2b rgt in same period last year, Malaysian Investment Development Authority says in emailed statement. * These investments involved 2,294 projects* Decline mainly due to 41% drop in number of approved investment for services sector, in line with slow down in property market** Approved investment for manufacturing also declined, partly due to large amount of investments that went into Pengerang and RAPID project in Johor state in 2014-2016** In addition, Malaysia is unable to compete with a number of countries in the region which offer lower labor cost* Confident investments in manufacturing will recover in next few months, given Malaysia’s established industrial ecosystems** As at Sept., MIDA has 341 projects in pipeline with investments worth 50.9b rgt for manufacturing and services sectors
October 20, 2017 00:45 UTC
ODENSE: It was heartbreak again for Datuk Lee Chong Wei as he bowed out of the Danisa Denmark Open on Thursday (Oct 19) night. Prannoy of India 17-21, 21-11, 19-21 in the men's singles second round at the Odense Sports Park. At last year's Denmark Open, Lee was send packing in the quarter-finals by Brice Levedez of France. On his chances in the Denmark Open, Prannoy said he would take it "one match at a time". Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean also failed to clear the women's doubles second round match after going down 18-21, 17-21 to Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yonao of Japan.
October 20, 2017 00:22 UTC
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has dismissed concerns that speculation over his future will continue to overshadow the Socceroos' preparations for their World Cup playoff against Honduras. Local media reported last week that Postecoglou would step down after next month's two-leg intercontinental playoff, win or lose, and the 52-year-old has repeatedly declined to clarify his future. But Postecoglou was unapologetic when interviewed at a sponsor function. Postecoglou, who is contracted up to the end of the World Cup, has spoken of returning to coaching at club level and reiterated his goal to take a role overseas. Australia face Honduras away on Nov. 10 before returning home for the second leg in Sydney five days later.
October 20, 2017 00:22 UTC
KUCHING: An occupational safety and health seminar for nurseries and kindergartens will be held this year to boost the safety of their pupils in Sarawak. “Our children have the right to learn and grow in a safe, clean and healthy environment. The two-day seminar aimed to raise awareness among operators and workers about safety and health issues, and hoped that they would emphasise on implementing a safety and quality management system. “Apart from complying with the safety and health acts, as well as regulations, we hope operators formulate their own safety policy and committee,” she said at the Baitulmakmur building here yesterday. “It’s optional as some (small-scale operators) can’t afford them, but they are confident they can keep the children and premises safe.”
KOTA KINABALU: October is one of the favourite months for a freelance creative artist here to play about with make-up and fashion designs for Halloween. Jeffrey Lau Shee Kee, 35, also known as Jeffie Jeff, said Halloween was when he could transform someone with make-up. “Those who want to be different from their normal make-up for Halloween are usually students and youth. “Customers request my service to attend Halloween parties where they can win prizes for the best dressed, besides looking scary,” said the self-taught make-up artist-cum-fashion designer. In conjunction with Halloween, a shopping mall here is holding its annual horror event for shoppers until Oct 31.
“For most rural communities, the primary challenge has always been accessibility — the lack of proper or well-maintained roads.”Mercy, however, was single-minded in its goal. As soon as they set foot in the village, fatigue became a secondary issue as they set up a mobile clinic in a village hall. They were joined by people from nearby villages, such as Kampung Sikalaban, Kampung Murik, Kampung Sumabi and Kampung Siwalor. These villagers, who were of mostly Murut Tagol descent, had either walked a fair distance or travelled by boat to get to the clinic. So, having a mobile clinic right at their doorstep was a blessing.
Yes, there actually is a ghostbuster in Johor claiming to be the "first in the world" to offer long-range ghostbusting services. You don’t have to go it aloneOne breast cancer patient believed that she was managing fine on her own, but joining a peer support group lifted a huge burden off her shoulders. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so Star2 looks at peer support groups and the good they do. Kampung Baru Lawan Kuda rides towards prosperityThe village was named after the sport of horse-racing, and it has prospered. For these stories and more, grab a copy of the newspaper or e-paper today!
October 20, 2017 00:00 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Monte Carlo rally winner Paddy Hopkirk has been elected president of the British Racing Drivers' Club that owns Silverstone circuit, the BRDC said. The 84-year-old Northern Irishman takes over from former Formula One racer Derek Warwick, who decided not to stand for re-election. The BRDC announced in July that it had activated a break clause in its contract to host the British Grand Prix, throwing the future of the country's race into doubt after 2019. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury)
October 19, 2017 23:48 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship on Thursday and found support from title favourite Lewis Hamilton. "In English, they say it’s not over until the fat lady sings," Vettel told reporters in the U.S. Grand Prix paddock. We have a great car, we had a package to win the last couple of races. "I think the talk of the championship win this weekend is silly really...you can’t expect them to have a difficult weekend again," he said. The championship, as long as it’s done in the next four races, that’s my focus.
October 19, 2017 22:18 UTC
AUSTIN: Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel refused to give up on the Formula One championship on Thursday and found support from title favourite Lewis Hamilton. “In English, they say it’s not over until the fat lady sings,” Vettel told reporters in the US Grand Prix paddock. We have a great car, we had a package to win the last couple of races. “I think the talk of the championship win this weekend is silly really...you can’t expect them to have a difficult weekend again,” he said. The championship, as long as it’s done in the next four races, that’s my focus.
October 19, 2017 22:18 UTC
LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles police are investigating Harvey Weinstein in relation to a suspected sexual assault four years ago, a spokesman told AFP on Thursday. “The Los Angeles Police Department’s robbery homicide division has interviewed a potential sexual assault victim involving Harvey Weinstein which allegedly occurred in 2013,” officer Drake Madison said. The Los Angeles Times said police interviewed the woman, who has not been identified, for more than two hours on Thursday regarding the alleged assault that took place at a hotel. Five other women have accused the disgraced movie mogul of rape or sexual assault. Authorities in New York and Britain have already launched probes into those claims.--AFP
October 19, 2017 22:07 UTC
ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA is considering an overhaul of the rules which govern players’ eligibility for national teams, including a proposal which would allow them to switch allegiance in certain circumstances. Victor Montagliani, head of FIFA's stakeholders' committee, said there were issues regarding the rules, which are aimed at preventing players from switching between national teams or representing countries they have no connection with. "There are so many issues that have popped up over the years because the world is changing, immigration is changing," said the Canadian, who is president of the North, Central America and Caribbean federation (CONCACAF). At present, players who have played a competitive international for one team cannot switch to another national side even when they hold dual nationality. Players are only allowed to represent a country with which they have no blood connection if they have lived and played there for five years, but Montagliani said his committee would look into changing that period and possibly increasing it.
October 19, 2017 20:48 UTC