Factbox - Breakdown of quadruple jumps, highest scores and judging - Other Sports

Toeloop - Take off is from a back outside edge and landing is on the same back outside edge. Canada's Kurt Browning was the first person to land a legal quadruple jump -- a quad toeloop -- in competition in 1988. Loop - Take off is from the back outside edge and landing on the same back outside edge. Flip - Take off is from a back inside edge and landing is on the back outside edge of the opposite foot. Take off is from the forward outside edge and landing is on the back outside edge of the opposite foot.

March 28, 2017 23:48 UTC

RM 55bil East coast rail kicks off - Business News

PETALING JAYA: The East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), estimated at RM55bil and the largest ever railway project to be undertaken by the private sector, is poised to kick off. With the standard gauge, the trains are able to run at a faster speed,” said the source familiar with the rail industry. Last November, the company said that it had secured the engineering, procurement and construction management contract to build the ECRL from MRL. At the reported RM55bil cost, it will be the largest double-tracking rail project. Among local contractors that could benefit from this project are companies such as Gamuda and IJM Corp Bhd, which have strong rail expertise.

March 28, 2017 23:37 UTC

New village chiefs off to Kunming - Nation

KUALA LUMPUR: Twenty new village heads will be visiting Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, early April on a study tour fully sponsored by the Chinese government. Touted as one of China’s most liveable cities by Lonely Planet and a popular tourist destination, Kun­ming is a great place for the chiefs to learn how to modernise their villages, said Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of new villages. “It’s a successful example of how a village transformed itself into a modern thriving city,” Dr Wee told reporters at Wisma MCA yesterday. Most Chinese new villages, he said, were aging and losing their youth to cities due to their slow pace of economic development and lack of job opportunities. “As such, the Government has identified 20 Chinese new villages in Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca, Pahang and Johor that have the potential to become tourist attractions.”

March 28, 2017 23:15 UTC

MPs react to new Bill on child sexual crimes - Nation

It will serve as a warning to all the child sex predators out there - you can run, but you can’t hide. I hope on April 3, we can get all 222 MPs to support the Bill.” — Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Pengerang MP“The MPs who don’t support this Bill have lost their humanity. We can celebrate the coming together of Opposition and Government today.” — Nurul Izzah Anwar, Lembah Pantai MP“(Child sexual crimes cases) have to be handled differently. We have to eradicate crimes, especially sexual crimes against children. When the Prime Minister himself promoted this Bill, I believe his intention is for it to be tabled and debated in Parliament.

March 28, 2017 22:52 UTC

Two Datuks in court on gang involvement and drug abuse charges - Nation

At the High Court here, Datuk K. Elumalai, 43, was hauled up along with nine gang members for their involvement in Geng 21 Japan. The court was told that Mohamed Mustafa, who claimed trial before magistrate Mohd Firdaus Saleh, allegedly self-administered the dangerous drug. The court granted bail of RM2,000 with one surety and fixed April 27 for the re-mention of the case. They allegedly committed the offence at the Iskandar Regional Development Area between Jan 18, 2015 and Aug 19, last year. He also set from Aug 21 to 25, Aug 28, between Sept 4 and 8 and from Sept 18 to 20 for the trial.

March 28, 2017 22:30 UTC



Ronaldo scores homecoming goal but Sweden wreck the party - Football

FUNCHAL, Portugal (Reuters) - Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated his Madeira homecoming with an early strike but Sweden wrecked the party by hitting back from two down to win 3-2 with a last-gasp own goal in a friendly on Tuesday. But the celebrations turned to misery for the 10,000 crowd as Joao Cancelo put through his own goal in stoppage time to hand Sweden an unlikely victory against the European champions. The first half went entirely to script as Ronaldo, whose last professional match in Madeira was a league game with Sporting in 2003, turned in Gelson Martins' cross after 18 minutes for his 71st international goal. Ronaldo volleyed narrowly wide before again combining with Martins, whose pass was turned into his own net by Sweden captain Andreas Granquivst in the 34th minute. Ronaldo went off to a standing ovation on the hour but then had to watch from the bench as his side capitulated.

March 28, 2017 21:22 UTC

Deulofeu and video technology help Spain tame France - Football

PARIS (Reuters) - Spain's Gerard Deulofeu scored one and created another but had to share the limelight with the video assistant referee in a 2-0 friendly win over France in Paris on Tuesday. David Silva put the visitors ahead from the penalty spot on 68 minutes after Deulofeu was fouled in the box by France defender Laurent Koscielny. The on-loan AC Milan winger then converted a Silva cross nine minutes later, but was flagged offside. The goal, however, was awarded after German referee Felix Zwayer asked the video assistant to check the decision. France striker Antoine Griezmann, who plays in Spain with Atletico Madrid, had hit the back of the net with a header early in the second half, but his effort was disallowed after the video referee correctly said defender Layvin Kurzawa, who was involved in the move, was offside.

March 28, 2017 21:22 UTC

Italy add to Dutch misery with 2-1 win in Amsterdam - Football

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Italy recovered from an early own goal to beat the Netherlands 2-1 away in a friendly on Tuesday and cap a miserable few days for the hosts who sacked manager Danny Blind at the weekend. Defeat for the Dutch came after a tumultuous period in which their World Cup qualification hopes were handed a severe blow by a 2-0 loss in Bulgaria on Saturday after which Blind was fired. It was a replica of the second goal the Dutch conceded in Sofia on Saturday. An error by Bonucci early in the second half gave Promes a chance but he was denied by a fine save from Italy’s teenage goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Torino's Serie A top scorer Andrea Belotti came off the bench to force several good saves from Zoet, who also denied debutant Leonardo Spinazzola in the final 10 minutes.

March 28, 2017 21:11 UTC

Pliskova beats Lucic-Baroni to reach Miami semis - Tennis

(Reuters) - Czech second seed Karolina Pliskova avenged her Australian Open quarter-final loss to Mirjana Lucic-Baroni with a 6-3 6-4 win over the 26th-seeded Croatian on Tuesday that put her into the Miami Open semi-finals. Lucic-Baroni, who came into the match looking to build on her career-reviving run in Australia, did well to neutralise Pliskova's powerful serve early in the match but was not able to back it up in her own service games. Lucic-Baroni's serve eventually found its range and she built a 4-2 lead in the second set but Pliskova relied heavily on her forehand and court movement to get out of trouble as she won four consecutive games to close out the match. Pliskova will face the winner of Tuesday's other quarter-final clash between 12th-seeded Dane Caroline Wozniacki and unseeded Czech Lucie Safarova. (Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Toby Davis)

March 28, 2017 21:00 UTC

Liverpool's Lallana out with thigh injury - reports - Football

(Reuters) - Liverpool's England midfielder Adam Lallana could be out for up to a month after suffering a thigh injury on international duty, British media reported on Tuesday. Lallana has played in 27 of Liverpool's 29 Premier League games this season, scoring seven goals, and his absence is likely to be keenly felt as Juergen Klopp's side look to cement a top-four finish during the remainder of the season. Liverpool are in fourth place on 56 points, four clear of fifth-placed arch-rivals Manchester United, who have two games in hand in the race for Champions League qualification. Lallana's first game on the sidelines will be Saturday's Merseyside derby at home to Everton. (Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by Ken Ferris)

March 28, 2017 19:30 UTC

Russia fight back to snatch late draw with Belgium - Football

(Reuters) - Alexander Bukharov scored a stoppage-time equaliser as World Cup hosts Russia came from two goals down at halftime to hold Belgium to a 3-3 draw in a friendly in Sochi on Tuesday. Russia pulled one back 15 minutes from the end through substitute Aleksey Miranchuk and then snatched a morale-boosting equaliser. It was a much-improved performance from Russia, whose recent results were sounding increasingly loud alarm bells ahead of next year’s tournament. Benteke proved an adequate replacement in attack as he won the penalty that led to the equaliser, powering his way into the Russian penalty box before Roman Neustadter brought him down. Bukharov then snatched a draw with an opportunistic finish just minutes before the final whistle.

March 28, 2017 18:22 UTC

Brazil close in on qualification for Russia 2018 - Football

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil could become the first side to guarantee qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Tuesday if they beat Paraguay at home and both Ecuador and Chile drop points. Group leaders Brazil face Paraguay in Sao Paulo and will move on to 33 points if they win what would be their eighth consecutive qualifier. The top four teams in the South America region qualify automatically for Russia 2018 and the fifth-placed side go into a playoff against a side from Oceania. Brazil are the only team to play in every World Cup but they were humiliated on home soil in 2014 when eventual winners Germany hammered them 7-1 in the semi-finals. They are strongly fancied to beat seventh-placed Paraguay, even though the visitors have won or drawn their last four competitive fixtures in Brazil.

March 28, 2017 17:03 UTC

Iran close in on World Cup, China teeter on the brink - Football

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Iran took a significant step towards qualifying for next year's World Cup finals with a 1-0 win over China on Tuesday that pushed Marcello Lippi's team closer to the brink of elimination. China, however, failed to build on last week's morale-boosting win over Stielike's side in front of a packed-out Azadi Stadium. They remain fifth in the group, eight points adrift of the Koreans, who occupy the second of the two automatic qualifying berths. "They were two good matches, but when facing a strong side like Iran our defence needs to improve." Qatar, who will host the 2022 World Cup finals, are bottom of the group with four points, nine outside the automatic qualification places with three games remaining.

March 28, 2017 16:41 UTC

Snowboarding: Injured McMorris named in Canada Olympic team - Other Sports

(Reuters) - Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, who is recovering in hospital from injuries sustained in an off-piste accident, received good news on Tuesday when he was provisionally nominated to Canada's 2018 Olympic team. McMorris, a bronze medallist in slopestyle at the Sochi Olympics, suffered a fractured jaw and left arm, ruptured spleen, a stable pelvic fracture, rib fractures and a collapsed left lung on Saturday and was airlifted to Vancouver General Hospital where he underwent several surgeries. Patrick Jarvis, Canada Snowboard’s executive director, said he expects McMorris will be ready to make a comeback to competition leading into Pyeongchang. "We fully support Mark and he is already under the incredible care of the staff of the Vancouver General Hospital.” Jarvis said in a statement. (Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)

March 28, 2017 15:45 UTC

Home Ministry nabs 'Datuk' over exploitation of 172 female factory workers - Nation

KLANG: The Home Ministry has uncovered the activities of a man with a Datuk title who had forced 172 local and foreign female factory workers to work overtime at a bird's nest factory here. The workers comprising Indonesians, Myanmar nationals and locals were allegedly exploited by the Datuk who forced them to work more than 16 hours daily without rest days. "Our investigations revealed that the Datuk had exploited 172 women employees comprising locals, Indonesian and Myanmar nationals to work for more than 16 hours daily without rest days. DSP Hadzwan said further investigations revealed that the passports of foreign workers were kept in the factory management office while some of the workers' work permits had been abused by the Datuk as they came to the country as domestic workers. He said the workers aged between 18 and 40 had been working at the factory for two to three years.

March 28, 2017 14:48 UTC




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