MIRI: Strong winds battered Miri city on Friday (Oct 20) morning, tearing roofs off buildings and bringing down trees and billboards. A trail of zinc sheets, fallen trees, tumbled billboards and damaged buildings were seen in many areas here. Fire and Rescue Department personnel, Civil Defence volunteers and city council workers have been busy cutting trees that were blocking roads. City Fire chief Supt Law Poh Kiong said the weather department had issued a category two warning following the strong winds which were between 50 and 60kph. High waves of 3.5m were also reported.
October 20, 2017 02:03 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: Climbing activity to the summit of Mount Kinabalu has been temporarily halted due to extreme bad weather which has bedevilled the state over the past few days. In a tweet, Sabah Parks director Dr Jamili Nais said the mountain’s summit is closed to climbers, and will only be re-opened once the weather returns to normal. “Due to unfavourable weather conditions, Sabah Parks has closed the climb to the summit of Mount Kinabalu until the weather improves,” he tweeted. Panalaban is a pit stop where climbers can rest before proceeding for their summit climb. “The decision (on whether or not) to close the summit climb is made on a daily basis based on the assessment of the rangers at Panalaban (following a pre-set standard operating procedure).
October 20, 2017 01:52 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holdings Bhd gets an upgrade from MIDF Research as the research firm turns bullish on the bank’s prospects. We expect performance in Malaysia to continue to be solid and will continue to carry the group forward. “With the recent retracement of its share price, we believe there is an investment case to be made,” MIDF Research said in a note. MIDF Research upgrades CIMB from “hold” to “buy” with a target price of RM7.10. With the expectation that net interest margin compression is likely to be benign and CIMB’s expectation of return of equity of between 10.5% and 11.0% in financial year 2018 (FY18), the research house also revises upwards its FY18 forecast by 13.6% on the bank.
October 20, 2017 01:13 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Key Alliance Group Bhd is showing signs of recovery and poised for further upside, said Public Investment Bank (Public Invest). Public Invest said the stock return is expected to exceed 10 per cent or higher over the next two months. “Indicators currently signal reasonable entry level, with anticipation of continuous improvement in both momentum and trend in near term to lift price higher to the subsequent resistance level of 18 sen.“However, failure to hold on to support level of 14 sen may indicate weakness in the share price and hence, a cut-loss signal,” it said in a note. Public Invest had a “buy” call on Key Alliance with a target price of 18.5 sen. The stock’s last closing price is 16 sen.
October 20, 2017 00:56 UTC
The surau is located at the sub-basement floor, near a carwash and at the far end of the parking lot. Major cracks have appeared on its walls inside the men’s surau, while the women’s surau looked neater. The shocking condition of the surau went viral on social media a few days ago, prompting criticism from Penangites who visited the shopping mall. Salahudeen Ali Kadir, 23, who works at an adjacent shopping mall, said the surau had been left unkempt for a few years now. Salahudeen said the shopping mall management’s reluctance to correct the situation could be due to the presence of a mosque nearby.
October 20, 2017 00:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Approved investments in services, manufacturing and primary sectors for first 6 months, drop 28.2% from 91.2b rgt in same period last year, Malaysian Investment Development Authority says in emailed statement. * These investments involved 2,294 projects* Decline mainly due to 41% drop in number of approved investment for services sector, in line with slow down in property market** Approved investment for manufacturing also declined, partly due to large amount of investments that went into Pengerang and RAPID project in Johor state in 2014-2016** In addition, Malaysia is unable to compete with a number of countries in the region which offer lower labor cost* Confident investments in manufacturing will recover in next few months, given Malaysia’s established industrial ecosystems** As at Sept., MIDA has 341 projects in pipeline with investments worth 50.9b rgt for manufacturing and services sectors
October 20, 2017 00:45 UTC
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who made a big impression in the Indianapolis 500 this year, could enter the Daytona 24 Hours sportscar race in January ahead of a later attempt to win Le Mans. "If I want to prepare Le Mans, maybe there are other possibilities to prepare Le Mans a little bit better than I prepared the Indy 500." Alonso first started discussing the Indy 500 with Brown after a comment made in jest before Formula One's Australian season-opener in March. The Spaniard said he had not yet spoken to any team about a Le Mans race seat. "If that is something that makes sense, as we did with the Indy 500, we will try to do it."
October 20, 2017 00:33 UTC
ODENSE: It was heartbreak again for Datuk Lee Chong Wei as he bowed out of the Danisa Denmark Open on Thursday (Oct 19) night. Prannoy of India 17-21, 21-11, 19-21 in the men's singles second round at the Odense Sports Park. At last year's Denmark Open, Lee was send packing in the quarter-finals by Brice Levedez of France. On his chances in the Denmark Open, Prannoy said he would take it "one match at a time". Chow Mei Kuan-Lee Meng Yean also failed to clear the women's doubles second round match after going down 18-21, 17-21 to Naoko Fukuman-Kurumi Yonao of Japan.
October 20, 2017 00:22 UTC
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia coach Ange Postecoglou has dismissed concerns that speculation over his future will continue to overshadow the Socceroos' preparations for their World Cup playoff against Honduras. Local media reported last week that Postecoglou would step down after next month's two-leg intercontinental playoff, win or lose, and the 52-year-old has repeatedly declined to clarify his future. But Postecoglou was unapologetic when interviewed at a sponsor function. Postecoglou, who is contracted up to the end of the World Cup, has spoken of returning to coaching at club level and reiterated his goal to take a role overseas. Australia face Honduras away on Nov. 10 before returning home for the second leg in Sydney five days later.
October 20, 2017 00:22 UTC
KUCHING: An occupational safety and health seminar for nurseries and kindergartens will be held this year to boost the safety of their pupils in Sarawak. “Our children have the right to learn and grow in a safe, clean and healthy environment. The two-day seminar aimed to raise awareness among operators and workers about safety and health issues, and hoped that they would emphasise on implementing a safety and quality management system. “Apart from complying with the safety and health acts, as well as regulations, we hope operators formulate their own safety policy and committee,” she said at the Baitulmakmur building here yesterday. “It’s optional as some (small-scale operators) can’t afford them, but they are confident they can keep the children and premises safe.”
KOTA KINABALU: October is one of the favourite months for a freelance creative artist here to play about with make-up and fashion designs for Halloween. Jeffrey Lau Shee Kee, 35, also known as Jeffie Jeff, said Halloween was when he could transform someone with make-up. “Those who want to be different from their normal make-up for Halloween are usually students and youth. “Customers request my service to attend Halloween parties where they can win prizes for the best dressed, besides looking scary,” said the self-taught make-up artist-cum-fashion designer. In conjunction with Halloween, a shopping mall here is holding its annual horror event for shoppers until Oct 31.
“For most rural communities, the primary challenge has always been accessibility — the lack of proper or well-maintained roads.”Mercy, however, was single-minded in its goal. As soon as they set foot in the village, fatigue became a secondary issue as they set up a mobile clinic in a village hall. They were joined by people from nearby villages, such as Kampung Sikalaban, Kampung Murik, Kampung Sumabi and Kampung Siwalor. These villagers, who were of mostly Murut Tagol descent, had either walked a fair distance or travelled by boat to get to the clinic. So, having a mobile clinic right at their doorstep was a blessing.
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October 20, 2017 00:00 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Former Monte Carlo rally winner Paddy Hopkirk has been elected president of the British Racing Drivers' Club that owns Silverstone circuit, the BRDC said. The 84-year-old Northern Irishman takes over from former Formula One racer Derek Warwick, who decided not to stand for re-election. The BRDC announced in July that it had activated a break clause in its contract to host the British Grand Prix, throwing the future of the country's race into doubt after 2019. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Greg Stutchbury)
October 19, 2017 23:48 UTC
LIVERPOOL: Struggling Everton could face UEFA sanctions after a supporter holding a young child appeared to punch a Lyon player in a stormy Europa League clash at Goodison Park on Thursday. The French side won the game 2-1 but the result was overshadowed by a mass brawl in the second half when Everton skipper Ashley Williams pushed visiting goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. In the ensuing melee, an Everton fan appeared to punch Lopes with one hand while holding a child in the other. Everton's Ashley Williams clashes with Lyon's Anthony Lopes as teammates intervene. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens.
October 19, 2017 22:52 UTC