KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will send about 60 personnel from various agencies to manage the field hospital set up for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam (pic) said the team members, including doctors and nurses, were ready to be sent there. “Their duration of stay there will depend on how long they are needed. “If they are needed for an extended period of time, we can perhaps rotate the teams sent there,” Dr Subramaniam told reporters at the MIC's Deepavali open house at the Batu Caves complex. Dr Subramaniam said Malaysia was waiting for suggestions from the Bangladesh authorities on where the field hospital should be located.
October 18, 2017 04:30 UTC
(Reuters) - Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke is recovering well from a knee ligament injury and is confident of returning to first-team action for the Premier League club in November, the Belgium international has said. "The rehab is going really well and I'm feeling really happy with the way that my ligament is healing, so hopefully I can be back in a few weeks," Benteke told the club's website(www.cpfc.co.uk). The 26-year-old also wants to impress Belgium manager Roberto Martinez with a goal-scoring run at Palace to boost his chances of being called up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. "Playing in the World Cup is a big motivation but it's only going to improve my performances at the club. I really want to help the team and do well this year to make sure I'm in the squad," he added.
October 18, 2017 04:30 UTC
Hong Kong (AFP) - Golf no longer needs Tiger Woods to captivate global audiences because a new generation of young superstars has emerged in his absence, Olympic champion Justin Rose has said. "I think golf has found itself in a really healthy spot without Tiger at the moment," Rose, 37, said via teleconference, as it was announced he will contest next month's Hong Kong Open. I don't think golf is desperate for him back." "Everyone just wants to see a healthy Tiger Woods," said Rose. "It's almost gone past the point of thinking 'Oh we all really want to see Tiger win 18 majors'."
October 18, 2017 04:18 UTC
(Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the upcoming Basel indoors tournament due to a knee issue, the Spaniard has said. With the ATP Finals coming up next month, Nadal said on his Facebook page he had made the decision to pull out of next week's Basel tournament after getting medical advice. "I sadly announce that I have to pull out of the Swiss Indoors Basel, after seeing my doctor in Spain just after landing from Shanghai," said Nadal on Tuesday. Nadal, 31, leads Federer by 1,960 points in the rankings but the 36-year-old Swiss can gain 500 points if he wins at Basel with another 1,000 up for grabs at the Paris Masters. Nadal and Federer have each won six titles this year, splitting the four grand slams between them.
October 18, 2017 03:45 UTC
KUALA TERENGGANU: School bullies should not be expelled from schools as they can be rehabilitated to be better students, Deputy Education Minister II Senator Datuk Chong Sin Woon said. He said expelling such students would worsen their behaviuor as they would feel shunned by society and be deprived of sound education. “We need to remember that these students are our future leaders,” he said at the National Counseling Psychology Symposium 2017 here. To address the issue, Chong said the ministry would place more professional counseling teachers in schools. Many of them who were not inclined towards academic would excel in outdoor activities and proved to be model students, he added.
October 18, 2017 03:00 UTC
KUALA TERENGGANU: From a humble begining as a gardener to become the landscape manager of a leading hotel in town. Kupu, 55, is celebrating Deepavali with his family in Batu Burok and is expecting his first grand-child as his daughter K. Manimegalla is in the advanced stage of pregnancy. “Today, I am glad I took my father’s advice seriously,” said Kupu, the landscape manager with a hotel in Jalan Persinggahan since 2004. “This is when I often travelled to Tasik Kenyir for projects. Kupu is now part of Terengganu’s small Indian community which is celebrating Deepavali in their special way.
October 18, 2017 02:26 UTC
BEIJING: China’s campaign against corruption has achieved “overwhelming momentum“, President Xi Jinping said on Wednesday at the start of a critical Communist Party congress expected to cement his authority. Speaking to more than 2,000 delegates in Beijing’s cavernous Great Hall of the People, including 91-year-old former president Jiang Zemin, Xi praised the party’s success, particularly his high-profile anti-graft campaign. “The fight against corruption has formed an overwhelming posture and strengthened in development,” Xi said in a speech carried live across the nation on state television. Xi has consolidated power swiftly since assuming the party leadership in 2012, locking up political rivals for corruption, restructuring the military and asserting China’s rising might on the world stage. Focus at the congress will be on how Xi plans to put his expanded authority to use.
October 18, 2017 02:26 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Strong winds and rough seas are expected to occur over waters off Sulu until Saturday, Oct 21. According to a statement by the Malaysian Meteorological Department today, the southwesterly winds at 50-60 km per hour with waves of up to 4.5 meters would be dangerous to small boats. Meanwhile, strong wind warnings and rough seas (first category) are also expected in the waters off Reef North, Layang-Layang and Palawan until Saturday, Oct. 21. The southwesterly winds of 40-50 km per hour and waves of up to 3.5 meters high are expected to occur over the period. The conditions were dangerous to small boats, sea recreation and sea sports.–BERNAMA
October 18, 2017 02:03 UTC
The deal grants Airbus an immediate stake in the program for C Series planes, which carry 100 to 150 passengers. "Any duties finally levied against the C Series (which are now expected to be 300%) will have to be paid on any imported C Series airplane or part, or it will not be permitted into the country." But analysts said Airbus' entree into Bombardier's C Series program raised pressure on Boeing. Noting that Airbus' larger single-aisle plane are outselling those from Boeing, "the tie-up puts the squeeze on Boeing from both sides," Higgins said. Boeing could also strengthen ties with Embraer, whose single-aisle plane the E2 directly competes with the C Series.
October 18, 2017 01:41 UTC
Chicago (AFP) - The city of Chicago revealed Tuesday that it fired two airport police officers in connection with the controversial removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane earlier this year. Inspector General Joseph Ferguson, who heads the midwestern US city's watchdog office, had been pursuing an internal probe of the officers' actions. But on the Chicago-Louisville flight, passengers had already boarded when Dao was involuntarily bumped and refused to give up his seat. United was not the only airline to modify its practices, as the incident's aftermath reverberated throughout the industry. Both United and American Airlines ended the practice of asking passengers already seated on planes to give up their seats.
October 18, 2017 00:45 UTC
SHAH ALAM: Terrorist groups are taking advantage of the peace that exists in Malaysia to seek the support of the Muslim community in recruiting new members and spread violence in the region. Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said effective prevention strategy of the police had thwarted attempts by terrorist groups to make Malaysia a gauge in determining the spread of terrorism in the region. "Proof of this is the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in which the police managed to maintain the peace without any incidents of violence in the country. “Praise should be given to the police for doing a very good because of our experience in fighting the Southeast Asia Al-Qaeda group sometime ago," he told reporters after a working visit here. Nur Jazlan said the police are doubling efforts in monitoring terrorist groups trying to enter the country for weapons and making bombs.
October 18, 2017 00:33 UTC
KOTA BELUD: Forty-nine people from five villages have been evacuated when floods hit their areas since last night. The villages are Kampung Donggoi, Kampung Marajah, Kampung Gunding, Kampung Sadok-Sadok and Kampung Sembirai. The victims were sent to temporary relief centre at Tun Said Community Hall here, which was opened at 7pm yesterday. The water levels of Sungai Tempasuk is measured at warning level while Sungai Abai has reached the dangerous mark. In Kota Marudu, 37 flood evacuees from Kampung Bintasan Laut were allowed to return home this morning.
October 18, 2017 00:33 UTC
ODENSE: It was a memorable debut for shuttlers Goh Soon Huat-Shevon Lai Jemie (pix) at the Danisa Denmark Open held here. On Tuesday, Soon Huat-Jemie went the distance to beat Kim Jae-hwan-Lee So-hee of South Korea 21-15, 23-25, 21-14 in the first round of the mixed doubles event at the Odense Sports Park. Shevon was just happy to be the sole mixed pair to hold the fort. "We managed to win the first game in our first Denmark Open - that's a great feeling. It'll be tougher against the sixth seeds Chinese pair but we'll give them a tough fight," added the Universiti Malaya student.
October 18, 2017 00:22 UTC
SINGAPORE: Airbus SE's deal for a majority stake in Bombardier Inc's CSeries jet program is expected to jumpstart sales of the Canadian aircraft in Asia, analysts said.The Airbus-Bombardier deal will give the European planemaker a 50.01 percent interest in the CSeries program, while the jet will get a better sales network. The 110-to-130 seat plane has not secured a new order in 18 months and is being threatened by a possible 300 percent duty on U.S. imports.In Asia, Korean Air Lines Co is so far the only customer of the narrowbody jets and is slated to soon take delivery of the first of 10 CS300 aircraft. "Interest in the CSeries has been low in this region and having Airbus supporting the program could be a big boost," Brendan Sobie, Singapore-based chief analyst at CAPA Centre for Aviation, told Reuters on Tuesday.Airbus has a much stronger market position in Asia than Bombardier, which is in the middle of a 5-year turnaround plan after considering bankruptcy because of a cash-crunch as it developed multiple plane programs simultaneously.Airlines in Asia have likely held back from placing orders due to concerns that Bombardier's weak financial position placed the CSeries program in jeopardy, said Shukor Yusof, founder of Malaysia-based aviation advisory firm Endau Analytics. "Potential buyers of the CSeries are now given comfort with Airbus becoming a major shareholder thus ensuring stability in the program," he said.Several Asian airlines could not be reached immediately for a comment on the Airbus-Bombardier deal.While the deal would reinforce the effective global duopoly of Airbus and Boeing Co, it would also boost the CSeries' appeal to potential buyers, said Association of Asia Pacific Airlines Director General Andrew Herdman.CHINESE DREAMSBombardier has been pushing particularly hard to sell the CSeries in China, with an executive last month saying the planemaker was in talks with the country's three top airlines and aimed to close deals in the coming months.China has been working to develop homemade alternatives to break the grip that Airbus and Boeing hold over the world's commercial aerospace industry.As a narrowbody jet with a range of more than 3000 nautical miles, the CSeries fills a gap between China's 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet and its larger 158 to 168 seat C919 narrow body.Before the Airbus deal was announced, Bombardier had held talks with Chinese firms about investing in the CSeries jets and improving sales through better access to the Chinese market, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters.Richard Aboulafia, a U.S.-based analyst at Teal Group, said the decision not to invest in the CSeries made China look "much less serious" about developing its aerospace sector. "They could have swept in any time with a relatively modest offer, and acquired mountains of intellectual property."
October 17, 2017 23:26 UTC
That marks a huge contrast for Pochettino's side from their early exit from the competition last season. Last year was very sad as we couldn't continue in a competition that really excited us but we've made a huge step forward. "The result is the least important thing, the objective was to be able to compete against Real Madrid and that we managed to do that makes me more than happy." He deserves a big prize, he showed his real level," he said. We did things well but they defended well and in the end it's a normal draw."
October 17, 2017 22:41 UTC