KUALA LUMPUR: Leaders are expected to discuss and review the progress and achievements of two decades of partnership at the Ninth Summit of the D-8 Organisation for Economic Cooperation (D-8), to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on Oct 20. Zahid is scheduled to deliver the country statement during the Summit and introduce Datuk Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari at the summit, as the incoming D-8 Secretary-General who will assume the post on Jan 1, 2018. The summit, with the theme 'Expanding Opportunities through Cooperation', marks the 20th anniversary of the D-8 since its establishment in 1997. Two outcome documents, namely the Istanbul Declaration and D-8 Istanbul Plan of Action are also expected to be adopted during the D-8. The D-8 Istanbul Plan of Action outlines the measures and initiatives that would be undertaken over the short, medium and long term to enhance economic cooperation and development among its member states.
October 18, 2017 12:33 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Moto3 racer Adam Norrodin admitted that speed alone will not be enough at the Phillip Island circuit, as he will also have to be brave in facing 12 challenging corners. In his maiden season last year, the SIC Racing Team rider finished in 11th place at the Australian GP. It was also Adam's joint best finish of the season after coming in 11th at the Argentina GP in April last year. One year down the line, and Adam makes a return to Phillip Island feeling more confident, as he gears up for the end of the season in Valencia in November. Following the Australian GP on Sunday, the 17th round of this season will be held at the Sepang International Circuit on Oct 29.
October 18, 2017 12:22 UTC
ZURICH (Reuters) - The Swiss government threw its weight behind a bid to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, promising on Wednesday to provide up to 1 billion Swiss francs (£772.8 million) to support the campaign. The International Olympic Committee (IOC), based in the Swiss city of Lausanne, has been struggling in recent years to convince potential hosts of the benefits of hosting the Games. "The government sees the Olympic Winter Games as a great opportunity for sport, the economy and society in Switzerland," it said after a cabinet meeting approved public support for the Sion 2026 campaign. Switzerland hosted the Winter Games in 1928 and 1948, both times in St Moritz in the eastern canton of the Grisons. Voters in that canton in February rejected raising money for pursuing a bid.
October 18, 2017 12:00 UTC
(Reuters) - Manchester United and Huddersfield Town meet for the first time in 45-and-a-half years at the John Smith's Stadium in the Premier League on Saturday. Huddersfield were relegated at the end of the season, two years before United themselves dropped out of the top division in 1974. Huddersfield striker Peter Doherty cut the deficit to a single goal before Rowley claimed his fourth for United. Man Utd 2-0 Huddersfield (First Division, March 1972)Goals from Ian Storey-Moore and George Best ensured a convincing 2-0 win for Frank O'Farrell's United on Huddersfield's last visit to Old Trafford. Best finished the league campaign with 18 goals while the entire Huddersfield squad only managed 27 and ended the season being relegated from the First Division.
October 18, 2017 12:00 UTC
TAWAU: Thirteen people were rescued by villagers after their boat capsized off Inderasabah waters Wednesday morning. District police chief Assistant Commissioner Fadil Marsus said the victims, who had on life jackets, were picked up by other boats. However, villagers nearby managed to come to the rescue of the victims. They also managed to pull to boat to shore. Meanwhile, another two victims managed to swim to the shore when their fishing boat also capsized in the same area.
October 18, 2017 11:48 UTC
(Reuters) - The Danish women's football team will not play Sweden in their planned World Cup qualifier on Friday and risk being kicked out of the competition as a dispute between the players and the Danish Football Association (DBU) has not yet been resolved. The statement also added that the FA now faces fines, points deductions and possibly expulsion from the competition because of the failure to fulfil the fixture. The Danish players, who lost in the final of the European Championship to hosts Netherlands in August, have been engaged in tough negotiations with the DBU over compensation and conditions for female internationals. Norway recently announced that its male and female players would receive the same pay, but talks between the DBU and the its women's team have broken down several times in recent weeks. Denmark have so far played one match of their 2019 World Cup qualifying campaign, which was a 6-1 victory over Hungary last month.
October 18, 2017 11:15 UTC
MADRID (Reuters) - Olympic champion high jumper Ruth Beitia has retired from athletics due to persistent injuries, the Spaniard announced on Wednesday. "The situation we find ourselves in today is to tell you that we are calling time on our sporting life." Beitia, who won the high jump competition at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year, is the only Spanish female athlete to have won an Olympic gold. Beitia briefly retired from athletics in 2012 after narrowly missing out on a medal at the London Olympics but returned to training two months later. "The greatest athlete in Spanish history has retired," said Raul Chapado, president of the Spanish athletics federation.
October 18, 2017 11:15 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Fuel prices are slightly higher across the board for the last week of October, with a one sen increase in the prices of RON95 and RON 97. Additionally, the price of diesel went up by one sen from RM2.10 per litre previously to RM2.11 per litre. The new prices will come into effect from Thursday (October 19) until October 25. The prices were announced by the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK)’s twitter on Wednesday evening. The weekly fuel pricing mechanism came into effect in April this year and the prices of petrol and diesel had been placed on a managed monthly float system since Dec 1, 2014 following the removal of fuel subsidies.
October 18, 2017 11:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) looks to be the first railway organisation in Malaysia to sign the Corruption-Free Pledge with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). “MRT Corp is not a public-listed company but we have never failed to produce our annual report, detailing on the progress of the project and its financial situation,” Shahril said. He added the pledge was strongly supported by MRT Corp board members, the management team and the staff, which proved that the company is serious in its anti-corruption fight and this pledge was not just taken for publicity purposes. “The pledge made earlier this month reinforces the corruption-free stand which involved around 500 MRT Corp staff. MRT Corp staff also handed over 537 application forms to Sahabat Gerakan Revolusi Anti Rasuah (Gerah).
October 18, 2017 11:03 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has announced tough new rules on tweets containing “non-consensual nudity” and sexual harassment, which could be seen as fallout from the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal. Twitter also said that sexually charged conversations and the exchange of sexual media will now be “unacceptable,” and promised to take action when such exchanges are reported by participants or by observers. The account was suspended after McGowan posted an obscenity directed at actor Ben Affleck, whom she said lied about his ignorance of Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse. Twitter however said her account was suspended because McGowan broke usage rules by including a personal phone number in a tweet. The revelations sparked an avalanche of messages on platforms like Twitter and Facebook from women all over the world, using the hashtag #MeToo to speak out on and condemn experiences of sexual harassment.
October 18, 2017 10:52 UTC
“All I ask of Mr Puigdemont is that he acts with good sense,” Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told parliament on Wednesday. The protest has been called against the imprisonment, the previous day, of leaders of independentist organizations Catalonian National Assembly, Jordi Sanchez, and Omnium Cultural, Jordi Cuixart. Manchester City’s Catalan manager Pep Guardiola dedicated his team’s 2-1 win over Napoli in the Champions League on Tuesday to the detained pair. But opponents say the region has more clout as part of a bigger Spain and that the instability could be disastrous for its economy. Madrid announced Monday that it was cutting its economic growth forecast for next year from 2.6 to 2.3 percent, pointing blame at the Catalan crisis.
October 18, 2017 10:52 UTC
LAWAS: A 30-year-old man was charged in the magistrate’s court Wednesday with three counts of raping an underage teenager six months ago. Clad in an orange lock-up uniform, the man appeared calm when he was produced before magistrate Mohd Hafizi Abdul Halim this morning. He was charged with raping the victim, 14, three times at a hotel here between 3am and 6am in April this year. He also ordered the man to report himself to the Lawas police station once a week. They were charged under Section 372(1)(a) of the Penal Code, which carries a maximum 15 years’ jail and whipping and a fine upon conviction.
October 18, 2017 10:41 UTC
MELAKA: State MIC election machineries from all 150 branches and six divisions are prepared to face the upcoming 14th General Election (GE14), state party committee member Datuk M.S Mahadevan said. "At present, there are 18,000 Indian voters representing about six per cent of the total voters in the state. Also present were Melaka Yang Dipertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, Sungai Rambai assemblyman Datuk Hasan Abdul Rahman, Ayer Molek assemblyman Datuk Md Yunos Husin and other state executive council members. "BN also have been offering aid to recent flood victims so I hope they will not listen to the accusations made against BN," he said. I am ready to continue serving my constituents and the Indian community if given the chance," he said.
October 18, 2017 10:18 UTC
On the internet, government bureaus peppered social media with their favourite phrases from Xi’s speech, while photos circulated of children watching Wednesday’s congress in classrooms. “My god, 3.5 hours - what hard work,” said a commenter on the Weibo microblogging platform, one of millions of citizens who were following the proceedings on social media. During Xi’s speech, social media was flooded with images of watch parties across the country, with Communist party committees in areas as far-flung as northeastern Jilin and southern Yunnan provinces. Images also circulated of young children sitting obediently in their classroom in a semi-circle around a television playing Xi’s speech. It is unclear whether less fawning social media comments were posted but deleted by censors in a country with one of the world’s most restrictive internet censorship regimes.
October 18, 2017 10:07 UTC
In an Instagram posting, Tunku Idris revealed that he had adopted a stray cat instead of visiting a pet store. “Just adopted (rescued) this stray kitten. His choice of adopting the stray kitten was well received by netizens, with many praising him for being kind and humble. Hopefully more kind-hearted souls like you will rise and stand up for the strays,” Instagram user ri.sa commented. This isn’t the first time Tunku Idris had made a strong stance on animal rights.
October 18, 2017 09:59 UTC