SEPANG: Olympic champion Joseph Schooling of Singapore apologised yesterday over his recent remark about “teaching Malaysia a thing or two” ahead of his Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) campaign, upon arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Schooling, 22, said it wasn’t his intention to hurt or anger Malaysians when he made his comment after the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month. Schooling also added that he will not take the biennial Games lightly despite being in a class of his own. “The Sea Games is not a training ground. My dad used to tell me, at every race, race fast and I think that holds a lot of ground.
August 18, 2017 13:41 UTC
SINGAPORE: Star Media Group's creative and innovative advertising campaign received accolades at the Spark Awards here. It depends on how you work around it and make it more engaging," Star Media Group general manager (advertising and business development) Chua Chee Beng said after receiving the award. He said the team had worked closely with Etika Group to come up with the award-winning advertisement. Etika Group vice-president (Marketing) Santharuban T. Sundaram said that they were honoured by the recognition. The Spark Awards recognises the top media solutions, products and services from media owners and publishers across the region.
August 18, 2017 13:38 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday signed midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a two-year deal with the former Ghana international returning to the Bundesliga after quitting Spain's Las Palmas. The 30-year-old Boateng, who has also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and twice for AC Milan among other clubs, netted 10 goals and provided five assists for Las Palmas last season. "We know Kevin's strengths in midfield and are convinced that he can play a key role in our team," Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said in a statement. Berlin-born Boateng, whose half brother Jerome plays for Bayern Munich and Germany, has also played for Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin and Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga. The season kicks off on Friday with champions Bayern Munich taking on Bayer Leverkusen.
August 18, 2017 13:30 UTC
I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids" - Aamer Anwar, a human rights lawyer told Britain's Sky News television. There were lots of foreigners" - local shop worker Xavi Perez told AFP. We heard shots fired. And at that time, all we had to do was ... you have to contemplate ... is this literally here where I die?" Cambrils- "Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again.
August 18, 2017 13:11 UTC
BARCELONA: Spanish police hunted Friday for the driver who ploughed a van into crowds of pedestrians on a busy avenue in Barcelona, just hours before a second such assault hit a nearby resort, in twin attacks that left 14 dead and over 100 injured. But the driver responsible for the carnage in Spain’s second largest city remained at large, authorities warned, while police said they believed the two attacks were connected. The driver left the vehicle on the busy boulevard lined with shops and restaurants, and fled on foot. Spain, the world’s third most popular tourism destination, had until now been spared the recent extremist attacks that have rocked nearby France, Belgium and Germany. Catalonia has the highest concentration of radicalised Islamists in the country along with Madrid and the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla that border Morocco.--AFP
August 18, 2017 13:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: RAM Ratings has maintained its positive outlook on the Malaysian economy, with another upward revision in gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 5.4 per cent for 2017. RAM said while there are downside risks to both components, the resilience of domestic demand is still seen as the key driver of sustainable growth. Meanwhile, RAM said economic resilience against external developments will be the real test for growth sustainability. RAM said nonetheless, export growth will still come in very strongly at 6.8 per cent this year, driven by a robust first half. RAM said external developments can also affect the volatility of capital markets and exchange rates.
August 18, 2017 12:45 UTC
KLANG: A private school that has found itself on the Education Ministry’s list of schools with disciplinary and drug problems, wants clarification on how the 402 schools were identified. Its principal Ng Swee Geok said the privately-owned institution has never submitted any disciplinary report to the ministry that would put the school on the list. "We are extremely concerned about the reasons of being identified as a hotspot school," she said in a statement, which was read out to reporters who attended a press conference at the school on Friday. Ng said it was an unfair suppression for being identified as a hotspot school, and welcomes the ministry to visit their school to carry out a fair judgment and clear their reputation. It was reported Thursday that MOE had identified 402 schools for being hotspots for disciplinary and drugs problems.
August 18, 2017 12:33 UTC
BESTARI JAYA: The Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry today launched the ‘Jom Baikpulih Rumah’ programme, its latest initiative to help the “Below 40” group in Selangor. Its minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar, said the programme was aimed at helping poor families in the state who live in houses that were in dire need of repair. “Jom Baikpulih Rumah is meant to help poor families who can’t afford to repair their houses, and have to continue living in premises that are in bad condition. “This is BN’s promise to help the poor in Selangor, and we will always lend our help to those in need,” he said at the launch. During the launch, Noh also handed over Jom Baikpulih Rumah contributions to 10 families under Kuala Selangor parliamentary.
August 18, 2017 12:22 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Crystal Palace are hoping their former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will be able to exploit the Anfield club's perceived defensive weakness from set pieces in Saturday's Premier League game. The powerful Belgian has scored five times in three league matches at Liverpool as an opposition player, including two when Palace won there in April. Meanwhile Liverpool conceded three goals at Watford last weekend and were widely criticised for defensive laxity. "Christian showed his importance last season," the Palace manager Frank de Boer told a media conference on Friday. We know set pieces are important, they're important to all teams in the Premier League."
August 18, 2017 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The public should refrain from associating any acts of terrorism with the true meaning of jihad. He said terrorism, meanwhile, was merely the result of violent extremism. “Jihad can never be equated to acts of injustice, violence and terrorism. “Terrorist bombings in public places and mass shootings is a failed strategy that rarely achieves the objectives of terrorist groups,” he said in a statement today. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Barcelona attack, their family members, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Spain.”
August 18, 2017 12:11 UTC
LONDON: Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been elected in his personal capacity as an executive councilor of the prestigious International Society of Surgery (ISS) at the 47th World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland. It is also an acknowledgement of the hard work and teamwork at the Health Ministry. The ISS, which organises the World Congress of Surgery, works closely with the Collective Member Societies (CMS) and a number of WCS partner societies. At the five day bi-annual congress which started on Sunday, Malaysia is bidding for the World Congress of Surgery 2021 and the result will be announced on Thursday. The WCS is an international flagship for the profession of surgery worldwide.
August 18, 2017 12:00 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Tired of the constant nagging from his parents, a jobless man cut his tongue and threatened to jump off a building. The 22-year-old local man had cut his tongue with a knife and was about to jump through a window on the second floor of the building in Alamesra near here when a cousin stopped him. "According to the cousin, the man had been acting weird and was restless for about a week prior to the incident. "However, he did not want to share his problems with anyone and was sometimes heard talking to himself," Kota Kinabalu police chief Asst Comm M. Chandra said. ACP Chandra said police recovered a 10-inch kitchen knife believed to be used by the victim to slit his tongue.
August 18, 2017 11:56 UTC
KUCHING: A state government-linked company is mulling legal action against Sarawak PKR chairman Baru Bian and other Sarawak opposition leaders for allegedly misleading the public over the controversy surrounding repair works of a flat in Miri. “It was very unfair to say the RM2.88 million was solely meant for repainting works on 12 units of houses of the flat. The truth is that the multi-million ringgit contract was meant for repair and repainting works for thousands of units of houses. “The contractor, appointed via open tender by the Federal government, had completed works for 2,360 units of houses. “They are trying to implicate Chief Minister (Datuk Amar Abang Johari Abang Openg) who was previously the minister-in-charge for the housing portfolio.
August 18, 2017 11:48 UTC
Newcastle finished top of the Championship last season to get into the league, while Huddersfield earned promotion by winning the play-offs in May. Huddersfield's dream run continued with their Premier League debut with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace last Saturday and Wagner is hopeful of getting a win when his team host Newcastle in their first home league game. I'm sure it will be an extraordinary atmosphere against Newcastle," Wagner told reporters on Friday. "We will have to get the little details right against Newcastle. The German boss confirmed that Huddersfield would not sign Barnsley right back Andrew Yiadom, saying that the deal "is dead".
August 18, 2017 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak lashed out at the opposition for belittling the government's effort in implementing the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line project. Some of them are belittling the MRT project, saying that they can build it at a much lower cost," Najib said in his blog post at najibrazak.com. Are they using it to build the MRT at lower cost?" “The bottom line is, the MRT Line 1 is now in place and the people are beginning to enjoy the facility,” he said. The MRT SBK Line with its 31 stations was completed at a total cost of RM21bil.
August 18, 2017 11:34 UTC