Here are five talking points from the La Liga weekend. BALE BACK IN THE GOALSMany believed with Cristiano Ronaldo no longer at Real Madrid, this season would see Gareth Bale become the team's talisman and lead them to glory. ALAVES CHALLENGE RUNNING OUT OF STEAMThe LA Liga title race looks like being one of the most open in recent memory but Alaves, one of the surprise challengers, appear to be fading away. But a 3-0 defeat by Atletico on Saturday means it is now three games without a win in La Liga and they dropped to fifth and are in danger of being swallowed up in mid-table. VALENCIA STRUGGLES CONTINUELast season Valencia were a breath of fresh air in La Liga, playing swashbuckling, attacking football as they secured a fourth-placed finish and spot in the Champions League.
December 10, 2018 12:45 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League with a 4-0 win at Bournemouth, while Manchester City suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Chelsea. Here are the talking points from this weekend's Premier League action:KANTE UNLEASHEDBefore Chelsea's home clash with champions Manchester City on Saturday, questions had been asked of manager Maurizio Sarri's use of N'Golo Kante in a more advanced role, especially after defeats by Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers. David Luiz headed the second goal to wrap up an impressive statement win for Chelsea that removed City's cloak of invincibility. BENITEZ VAR RANTPremier League clubs have agreed in principle for Video Assistant Referees (VAR) to be used from next season onward. However, the Egyptian showed his humble side when he refused to accept the award and instead gave it to his team mate James Milner who was playing his 500th Premier League match.
December 10, 2018 12:00 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Five talking points from the weekend's Bundesliga matches as Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 at Schalke to stay seven points clear at the top. The Frenchman went down under a challenge from Hanover's Matthias Ostrzolek and Daniel Brosinski converted amid furious Hanover protests. There were conflicting versions as Ostrzolek told reporters that Mateta had admitted to diving. "He said it himself, he said it to us, the players, but not the referee," Ostrzolek said. Nils Petersen's opening goal was the striker's 37th Bundesliga goal for Freiburg, equalling Papiss Cisse's club record.
December 10, 2018 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A driver inadvertently drove his car off an elevated car park, which smashed into three other vehicles below. Miraculously, the 10-meter fall only caused minor injuries to the driver. Kuala Lumpur police's Traffic Investigation and Enforcement department (JSPT) chief Asst Comm Zulkefly Yahya said that the incident occurred around 6.30am near the Sun Complex building along Lorong Imbi 14 on Monday (Dec 10). "The driver is believed to have mistakenly pressed on the accelerator while parking. The fall caused him minor injuries and all affected vehicles have been removed," he said.
December 10, 2018 11:48 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Umno Youth says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa should refrain from issuing public statements on alleged wrongdoings in Tabung Haji (TH) as they could cause a panic and paralyse the institution. "I am concerned about the market's reaction and depositors withdrawing funds because they are not confident that TH could pay dividends like it used to. He added that TH had never reported losses and depositors' funds were in fact guaranteed by the government as provided for in the Tabung Haji Act 1995. "I am interested to know the type of mismanagement in Tabung Haji which the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Religious Affairs) Dr Mujahid would expose after sensationalising the news in the media," he said. Earlier on Monday, Dr Mujahid had alleged that TH had paid dividends to depositors illegally for four years from 2014 to 2017.
December 10, 2018 11:26 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Villarreal on Monday have sacked coach Javi Calleja with the club just three points above the relegation zone in La Liga, the club said. A former Villarreal midfielder, Calleja took over as coach in September 2017, leading the Yellow Submarine to a fifth-placed finish and Europa League football last season. However, this campaign the club has struggled, winning just once in La Liga since September and progress through to the knockout stages in Europe is still in the balance. "Villarreal has decided to rescind Javi Calleja’s contract as first team coach. The club would like to thank the coach for his work, dedication and professionalism since taking over last season," read a club statement.
December 10, 2018 10:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Bhd 's unit (KPS) Perangsang Capital Sdn Bhd has proposed to set up an unrated unrated Islamic medium term notes programme of up to RM500mil in nominal value.KPS, an infrastructure company, announced on Monday that Perangsang Capital had lodged with the Securities Commission to set up the programe under the Shariah principle of Murabahah (via Tawarruq arrangement).It said the programme has a tenure of up to 15 years from the date of the first issuance.The proceeds from the issuance of the Sukuk Murabahah shall be used for general corporate purposes and/or refinancing of existing/future borrowings/financing and also to refinance any maturing Sukuk Murabahah issued under the programme.Maybank Investment Bank is the principal adviser, lead arranger and lead manager for the Sukuk Murabahah programme.
December 10, 2018 10:30 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will keep its vessels in the disputed waters between the country's maritime border with Singapore while talks are ongoing, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The Prime Minister said that Malaysian vessels will be in the area until a decision has been reached. "Singaporean vessels are there, our vessels are there," he said. Last Friday (Dec 7), Malaysia sent Singapore a diplomatic note, proposing both sides to “cease and desist” sending assets to the disputed area, pending discussions on outstanding maritime boundary issues. Later that night, Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected the proposal and called on Malaysian vessels to leave the area.
December 10, 2018 10:18 UTC
But the commerce ministry, which is engaged in trade negotiations, has declined to comment on the matter. "The Chinese government is trying to de-link the two things," Tu said. "If you don't see any discussions in Chinese media, that's the intention of the government. "If this thing continues, it could put the Chinese government in a very difficult situation. "It is also one of China's core interests to improve China's relations with the U.S. and the West, and not to lead Sino-U.S. relations to the direction of a Cold War," Hu said, at one point holding up his iPhone.
December 10, 2018 10:18 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The Transport Ministry has accused its Singapore counterpart of disclosing partial and selective information over the proposed Instrument Landing System (ILS) procedure for Seletar Airport. Its Minister Anthony Loke said that while it appreciated Singapore's efforts at promoting transparency by releasing documents related to consultations held with Malaysia on Dec 4, the disclosure was "partial and selective with the primary aim of influencing public opinion". Loke also urged the Ministry to also release the letters from the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) to the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) dated Oct 9, 2018; Nov 15, 2018; Nov 21, 2018 and Nov 28, 2018. Malaysia had protested the new ILS proposed for Seletar Airport as its flight path would affect height restrictions on development in Pasir Gudang. ILS is a ground-based instrument (which combines radio signals and high intensity lighting), which provides precision guidance to pilots when approaching and landing, especially when it is raining or at night.
December 10, 2018 10:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A fee will soon be imposed on those seeking to have car window tints above the allowable limit, says Transport Minister Anthony Loke (pic). He said not everyone who applies to have darker car window tints would get it. He also said that a nominal fee would also be imposed on car manufacturers for Vehicle Type Approval (VTA). Loke also said that nine city councils would be empowered to set up uniformed traffic warden units under their jurisdiction once the amendments come into force. The city councils, he said, were those in Ipoh, Alor Setar, Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Penang, Johor Baru, Melaka, Kuala Terengganu and Iskandar Puteri.
December 10, 2018 09:56 UTC
SINGAPORE: Malaysia's palm oil stockpiles at the end of November rose above 3 million tonnes as a steep decline in exports boosted reserves, official data showed on Monday.Palm oil stocks last month rose 10.5 percent from October to 3.007 million tonnes, industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) said. The stockpiles are at the highest in at least18 years, according to Refinitiv data going back that far.Rising palm oil reserves could weigh on benchmark palm oil prices, which were falling for a second session on Monday.A Reuters survey based on the median estimate of eight planters, traders and analysts earlier this month showed Malaysia's palm oil stocks would touch the 3-million-tonne mark. "The ending stocks are as per our expectations but a decline of more than 6 percent in production is bit of a surprise," said Santhosh Kumar, chief executive of Singaporean trading and consulting company Arcis Global Merchants Pte Ltd."Most people were looking at a decline of around 3 percent. "The MPOB data showed palm oil production in November slid 6.09 percent from the previous month to 1.85 million tonnes, while exports fell 12.9 percent to 1.375 million tonnes.Demand for palm oil generally tapers down in the last quarter of the year, as colder temperatures in key markets such as China and Europe cause palm oil to solidify, which leads buyers to seek alternative oils.
December 10, 2018 09:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia closed in the red for the fifth trading day on Monday, with the FBM KLCI down 1% while all key Asian markets slid on the US-China trade conflict worries, sparked off by the arrest of the Huawei chief financial officer.At 5pm, the KLCI was down 17.23 points or 1.03% to 1,663.31. Turnover was 2.65 billion shares valued at RM1.37bil. Palm oil stocks last month rose 10.5% from October to 3.007 million tonnes, industry regulator the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) said.The stockpiles are at the highest in at least 18 years, according to Refinitiv data going back that far, Reuters reported.Among the banks, CIMB fell 13 sen to RM5.65 and erased 2.21 points, HLFG 50 sen to RM18.86, Hong Leong Bank 30 sen to RM20.30, Public Bank 10 sen to RM24.70, Maybank five sen to RM9.37 while RHB Bank shed one sen to RM5.33. lost 21 sen to RM6.05, GentingM six sen to RM2.81 and MISC nine sen to RM6.01.Tenaga fell 14 sen to RM13.56 and wiped out 1.41 points from the KLCI. The share price was at its lowest since June 28.Prestariang lost 15 sen to 30.5 sen – lowest since March 2012 – with 78.21 million shares done after the Home Ministry confirmed the Immigration Department's RM3.5bil national immigration control system (SKIN) concession had been cancelled.Top Glove lost 35 sen to RM5.55 with 22.25 million units traded, following news that it was accused of forced labour.US light crude oil fell 12 cents to US$52.49 but Brent climbed 21 cents to US$61.88.Petronas Dagangan rose 50 sen to RM25.64, Petronas Gas was flat at RM19.10 while Petronas Chemical and Dialog shed one sen each to RM9.19 and RM3.17Consumer stocks also fell with Fraser and Neave falling the most for the day, sliding 66 sen to RM32.04, BAT 58 sen to RM36.70, Ajinomoto 54 sen to RM18.10 and Carlsberg 34 sen to RM19.26.However, Nestle rose 40 sen to RM144.90 and Heineken 30 sen to RM20.20.
December 10, 2018 09:42 UTC
TOKYO: Japan's big three telecom operators plan not to use current equipment and upcoming fifth-generation (5G) gear from China's Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp , Kyodo News reported on Monday.The news, for which Kyodo did not cite sources, comes at a time of heightened scrutiny of Chinese tech firms by Washington and some prominent allies over ties to the Chinese government, driven by concerns they could be used by Beijing for spying.Last week sources told Reuters that Japan planned to ban government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE to ensure strength in its defences against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.A SoftBank Group Corp spokesman said Japan's third-largest telco was closely watching government policy and is continuing to consider its options. The amount of equipment in use from Chinese makers "is relatively small", he said.The country's top two telecommunications operators, NTT Docomo Inc and KDDI Corp, said the firms had not made any decision yet.Docomo does not use Huawei or ZTE network equipment, but it has partnered with Huawei on 5G trials. KDDI also does not use Huawei equipment in its "core" network, a spokeswoman said, adding it does not use any ZTE network equipment.Huawei did not respond to Reuters request for comment, while ZTE declined to comment.Huawei has already been locked out of the U.S. market, and Australia and New Zealand have blocked it from building 5G networks amid concerns of its possible links with China's government. Huawei has said Beijing has no influence over it.Japan's decision to keep it out would be another setback for Huawei, whose chief financial officer was recently arrested by Canadian officials for extradition to the United States.World financial markets have been roiled since news of the arrest, on worries it could reignite a Sino-U.S. trade row that was only just showing signs of easing.Shares of SoftBank, which has the deepest relationship with Huawei among the big Japanese telcos, fell the most among the three top Japanese telcos on Monday, ending down 3.5 percent.Industry sources said SoftBank would find it difficult to replace pre-existing Huawei network equipment that is designed for the company and not easily interchangable.Docomo and KDDI shares fell around 1 percent, in a wider market that closed down 2 percent.Earlier, SoftBank's Japanese telecoms unit priced its IPO at an indicated 1,500 yen ($13.31) per share and said it will sell an extra 160 million shares to meet solid demand, raising about $23.5 billion in Japan's biggest-ever IPO.
December 10, 2018 09:33 UTC
But critics of her deal say it provides options -- either to delay Brexit and renegotiate terms of withdrawal, or cancel it altogether if British voters change their minds. "The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU," the court said. "Such a revocation, decided in accordance with its own national constitutional requirements, would have the effect that the United Kingdom remains in the EU under terms that are unchanged. "We don't want to stay in the EU," Gove, who serves as environment minister, told BBC radio. The EU says the agreement is the best it can offer and its substance cannot be changed.Gove said the vote would go ahead as planned.
December 10, 2018 09:22 UTC