(Reuters) - England coach Phil Neville has labelled Raymond Verheijen a "keyboard warrior" after the former Wales assistant coach criticised the women's World Cup and male coaches working with the teams. Verheijen, who was assistant to former Wales boss Gary Speed, said the tournament in France is worse than "watching grass grow". "So far, it would have been better if the World Cup had been played behind closed curtains. Every top manager in the world, he's had a go at," Neville told reporters. He sits and talks a fantastic game, but I never see him working in top-level football.
June 14, 2019 12:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES: A lucky few will be able to live the adventures of Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne’s classic Around The World In 80 Days. Hosted by Airbnb, a small number of guests will travel across 18 countries using eight modes of transportation, including a hot air balloon, to promote a new collection of available bookings called Airbnb Adventures. “We thought that the notion of circumnavigating the globe and visiting all these different cultures and communities in 80 days is just a really fun and interesting premise,” he said. Starting June 20, guests can book the 80-day trip, which comes with a price tag of US$5,000 (RM20,843) and includes all travel, lodging, activities and meals. Developed from already available hours-long trips called Airbnb Experiences, Airbnb Adventures allows people to participate in two- to 10-day treks ranging from US$79 (RM329) to US$5,000 (RM20,843).
June 14, 2019 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB) revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 (Q1 2019) improved 2% year-on-year (y-o-y) on the back of increased available seat kilometres. "Ancillary revenue had improved by 23% y-o-y in Q1 2019 following initiatives that allow passengers greater choice and flexibility, coupled with competitive pricing for products such as prepaid baggage, seat selection and other ancillary products," it said. Additionally, its customer satisfaction index and net promoter score also recorded an uptrend following improvements in cabin, boarding and check-in services as well as website and mobile application experience. "Notwithstanding an improvement in our Q1 operational performance compared with last year’s performance, we expect 2019 to remain extremely challenging. Izham also said MAB would continue its revenue improvements through enhanced product and service offerings while driving cost optimisation.
June 14, 2019 11:48 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who claimed he is one of the two individuals featured in a viral sex video, has been arrested while trying to leave the country. In a statement late Friday (June 14), Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed, confirmed Haziq was detained in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 6pm. "The police called me saying that Haziq was in KLIA, but when I arrived there around 7.20pm, they told me that Bukit Aman had taken him in. Azmin denied that he was the person in the video clip and said that this was a plot to plot to destroy his political career. A second video clip, which appears to show the same pair from the earlier viral video, surfaced on Wednesday night.
June 14, 2019 11:45 UTC
Always wanted to create your own videogames but don’t know where or how to start? Well, Google has that figured out for you with its new Game Builder videogame. The videogame, a collaboration within Area 120 – Google’s workshop for experimental projects – lets players build a game in real time, while playing a game. "Game Builder aims to make building game feel like playing a game. Game Builder is free on Steam for PC and Mac and has already garnered 191 reviews with a “Very Positive” score.
June 14, 2019 10:52 UTC
DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed Iran on Friday for attacks on two oil tankers at the entrance to the Gulf despite Tehran's denials, raising fears of a confrontation in the vital oil shipping route. (GRAPHIC: Attacks in Gulf of Oman - https://tmsnrt.rs/2X8ePpU)They come at a time of escalating tension between the two countries. Last month the United States sharply tightened economic sanctions against Iran, which in response has threatened to step up its nuclear activity. “Iran did do it and you know they did it because you saw the boat,” Trump told Fox News. Trump and Abe discussed the oil tanker attacks in a phone call on Friday, the White House said.
June 14, 2019 10:33 UTC
CYBERJAYA (June 14): Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM) has confirmed that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers had visited the telecommunication company’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. “Yes, I can confirm that MACC had visited TM’s headquarters yesterday,” said chief operations officer Imri Mokhtar to reporters when met after the Customer First pledge signing ceremony at the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission here today. He said the commission’s visit was to obtain some information, adding that TM would fully cooperate with the MACC and provide any information required. When asked on the details about the visit, Imri said it would be better to first ensure that the investigation proceeds smoothly.
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June 14, 2019 10:30 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah can learn from China when it comes to disciplining corrupt contractors who have abused their trust after failing to complete projects started under the previous administration, says Penampang MP Datuk Darell Leiking. The Parti Warisan Sabah deputy president said this in reference to flood mitigation projects that have not been completed due to alleged financial leakages. "Now that I'm in the government, I found out that the previous administration had approved flood mitigation measures for Penampang and Sabah. The International Trade and Industry Minister said Sabah can learn from China on disciplining people and contractors who are corrupt. "Now, so many people are suffering because of their failure to complete the flood mitigation," he added.
June 14, 2019 09:33 UTC
MANCHESTER (Reuters) - Perennial political rivals India and Pakistan will face off on a Manchester cricket field on Sunday in one of the World Cup's most hotly-anticipated and massively-watched games. An Indian one notes the unbeaten World Cup record against Pakistan and asks 'who's the daddy?' Pakistan are the undoubted underdogs, having never beaten India at a World Cup, not even when they won the title in 1992. Under Kohli, India have made a strong start to their quest for a third World Cup title, with a clinical victory against holders Australia. "It's simple – if Pakistan want to stay in the tournament, they have to bring an 'A plus' performance and win that game," Pakistan pace great Waqar Younis wrote in a column.
June 14, 2019 09:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 15 months' in jail by the Sessions Court here for torturing a cat, which resulted in its death. Judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah meted out the sentence on Al Azri Norhisham after he admitted to committing the offence at Jalan 4/27A, Section 2, Wangsa Maju, at about 1.30pm on Monday (June 10). Earlier, Al Azri, who was unrepresented, told the court that the cat had scratched and bitten him. According to the statement of facts, Al Azri was detained at Section 2, Wangsa Maju, at around 1.30pm on June 12. The owner, who initially thought his cat, called Jebon, had been poisoned, then buried it behind his house.
June 14, 2019 09:11 UTC
HONG KONG: Hong Kong social media lit up on June 14 when protesters noticed Google’s translation software was briefly churning out a rather odd suggestion during a week that has seen the worst political violence to hit the city in decades. Eagle-eyed Google users discovered that when people entered the phrase “I am sad to see Hong Kong become part of China” the suggested translation in both Simplified and Traditional Chinese converted the word “sad” to “happy”. “The app intentionally mistranslates the English to ‘so happy/content’ instead of ‘so sad’,” added student Rachel Wong on Twitter. “I hope Google fixes this.”When AFP entered the sentence “I am sad to see Hong Kong become part of China” on Friday morning it did show the wrong translation, replacing sad with happy. “Google Translate is an automatic translator, using patterns from millions of existing translations to help decide on the best translation for you,” a spokesman for Google told AFP.
June 14, 2019 09:00 UTC
(Reuters) - Middlesbrough have appointed their former captain Jonathan Woodgate as head coach on a three-year deal, the Championship (second-tier) club said on Friday. Woodgate previously served on Boro's coaching staff under former manager Tony Pulis, who left last month after failing to secure promotion to the Premier League. "Middlesbrough Football Club are delighted to confirm that Jonathan Woodgate will head up a new-look senior coaching team," Boro said in a statement. "Our former captain will be joined by... current Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane, Leo Percovich, who was previously on the coaching staff at the club from 2013-2017, and one-time Boro man Danny Coyne, as goalkeeping coach." (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Simon Jennings)
June 14, 2019 08:48 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Klang-born model Amelia Thripura Henderson has turned racist comments calling her a "foreigner" and other racial slurs into an opportunity to educate others about respect, tolerance, and unity. The 23-year-old beauty was awarded the Malaysian Model Star of The Year at the Asia Model Festival 2019 in Seoul, South Korea earlier this week. In her thank you speech, she proudly said it was an "incredible honour" and privilege to represent her country, Malaysia. Henderson posted a video of her thank you speech on Instagram with the caption "never forget where you come". Henderson, an actress and TV host, is also a member of Mensa International with a certified IQ of 180.
June 14, 2019 08:26 UTC
BENGALURU: Gold jumped more than 1% on Friday, surpassing the key $1,350 level for the first time since April last year, as a spur of weak economic data from both China and the United States, and political concerns in the Middle East raised safe-haven demand.Spot gold climbed 1.01% to $1,355.49 per ounce as of 0749 GMT, after hitting its highest level since April 11, 2018 at $1,358.04 earlier in the session.Bullion has risen 1.1% so far this week, keeping the yellow metal on track for its fourth consecutive weekly gain.U.S. gold futures jumped 1.2% to $1,359.50 an ounce.“With geopolitical risk premium ratcheting higher on the back of Middle East tensions and autonomy protest in Hong Kong, gold represents dependable insurance against those mounting geopolitical risks,” said Stephen Innes, managing partner at SPI Asset Management.On Thursday, Washington blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, raising concerns about a new U.S.-Iranian confrontation.Scuffles broke out between demonstrators and police in Hong Kong on Thursday as hundreds of people kept up a protest against a planned extradition law with mainland China.Meanwhile, China’s industrial output growth slowed to a more than 17-year low of 5% in May, the latest sign of weakening demand in the world’s second-largest economy as the United States ramps up trade pressure.“When the markets start waxing bearish economic data, it’s the global recession they are concerned about, triggered by escalation of trade war,” Innes said.“If we have world’s second-largest economy struggling, arguably we also have the U.S. struggling, this is bad and we know we are one step away from recession.”Impact of the long-drawn trade war was also evident on the U.S. labor market, which saw an unexpected rise in the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment over the last week.Recent economic readings out of U.S. have also boosted expectations of a rate cut by the U.S. Federal Reserve, pulling short-dated U.S. Treasury yields lower on Thursday ahead of the central bank’s meeting next week.“Gold traded higher as its appeal as an alternative investment in times of uncertainty. The yellow metal has risen as the probabilities of a summer interest rate cut by the Fed have increased,” Alfonso Esparza, a senior market analyst at OANDA, said in a note.Among other precious metals, silver gained 1% to $15.04, its highest in a week. Platinum rose 0.7% to $813.08.Palladium climbed 0.4% to $1,450.85 after hitting its highest since April 29 at $1,453.30 earlier in the session.The auto-catalyst metal has gained 7% so far this week and is set to post its best week since week ended Sept. 21, 2018.
June 14, 2019 08:26 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Muhammad Hilman Idham (pic) claims that Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz told him he was being used as a pawn to bring down Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. Muhammad Hilman released a statement to counter Haziq's claim that attempts were made to force him to deny it was Azmin in the video. "In the meeting, Haziq told me that he had become a victim of a dirty political game to bring down Azmin. "He also said the video was fake and denied being in the video," Hilman said on Thursday (June 13). Muhammad Hilman, who is also Gombak Setia assemblyman, said Haziq asked him if he should informing his parents about the issue.
June 14, 2019 08:03 UTC