(Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalisation agenda. "White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Bannon said his departure from the White House signals a major shift for the Trump agenda. Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress but have been unable to pass major legislative goals including a healthcare overhaul. McMaster; Gary Cohn, Trump’s chief economic adviser; and Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.
August 18, 2017 16:35 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) is ready to welcome athletes and also spectators to the venue which would host six Kuala Lumpur SEA Games (KL2017) sports. We wish all the athletes the best of luck during the games and Malaysia Boleh!,” Pryor said in the statement issued, today. We pride ourselves on our flexibility and adaptability, and being chosen to hold six sporting events during Kuala Lumpur 2017 is the perfect example of this,” Pryor said. “So, attending any of the KL2017 sports at the venue will be hassle-free,” Pryor added. KLCC is located in the heart of the country’s capital city, with a view of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers and 50-acre KLCC Park.
August 18, 2017 16:30 UTC
(Reuters) - Spanish club Valencia have completed the signing of defender Gabriel Paulista from Premier League side Arsenal on a five-year contract, both clubs said on Friday. The 26-year-old centre back joined Arsenal from Spain's Villareal in 2015 and has made 64 appearances for the London side, winning two FA Cup titles and one Community Shield. "We would like to thank Gabriel for his contribution to the club and to wish him well for his return to La Liga with Valencia," Arsenal said on their website. (www.arsenal.com)The Brazilian moves back to Spain for an undisclosed fee and will remain at the La Liga club until 2022, with a termination clause worth 80 million euros ($93.98 million). (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)
August 18, 2017 16:18 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) has been praised for its initiatives to help galvanise Malaysia's construction industry and commitment in promoting education to produce professionals in the field. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said MBAM had been dedicated in meeting soaring demand for well trained and knowledgeable construction industry professionals these especially in the Klang Valley. "Since 2013, MBAM has also promoted the Trade Foreman Programme, the Apprenticeship Programme, and has also recently started the Designated Person Training Programme. "I would also like to congratulate MBAM on your Education Scholarship Programme. "IBS is important in the new edge of construction industry - faster completion times, greater productivity, less waste, fewer accidents and lower overall construction costs for the industry.
August 18, 2017 16:07 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur are targeting four new signings in the transfer window but need time to recruit the right players to help the club progress, manager Mauricio Pochettino said ahead of Sunday's match against champions Chelsea. "I want four new players if it's possible but it's not easy, you need time," the Argentine told reporters on Friday. Tottenham have been linked with Everton's unsettled England international Ross Barkley and Celta Vigo's Papa Chiekh Diop. Pochettino believes that playing against the league champions on Sunday will make his team more determined. It will be a really tough game, a big challenge... it's always very exciting to play in a derby," he said.
August 18, 2017 16:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A consumer group and an NGO have called for the police to look into improving the state of the country's police lock-ups. According to the Malaysian International Humanitarian Organisation (MHO) and the Muslim Consumers Association of Malaysia (PPIM), the conditions found within some police lock-ups leave something to be desired. MHO secretary-general Hishamuddin Hashim said that he had received reports that some lock-ups were lacking in regards to cleanliness and the food provided. "Is it fair to put those who have not been found wrong in a place that is not suitable, in terms of cleanliness and facilities," Hishamuddin told reporters at a press conference here on Friday. "We need to be firm with the law but we also need to be kind to human beings," he added.
August 18, 2017 15:22 UTC
"Huddersfield did really well the other day, and it will be a tough game," Benitez told reporters on Friday. "What I have to do is concentrate on what we can do now, and make sure the players are ready for this game. Despite suffering a 2-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur after midfielder Jonjo Shelvey was sent off, Benitez said the players have remained upbeat. "You've not seen too much of him at Stoke, but he's played in top leagues," Benitez said of his countryman Joselu. Asked about further transfers before the deadline, Benitez said it would depend on how many players left.
August 18, 2017 15:22 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Liverpool have rejected a third bid from Barcelona for playmaker Philippe Coutinho, sources said on Friday. Reports in British media put the latest bid at 125 million euros ($146.85 million), as the Spanish club continue to seek a replacement for Coutinho's Brazil team mate Neymar, who they sold to Paris St Germain for a world record 222 million euros earlier this month. Manager Juergen Klopp has previously insisted that the 25-year-old would not be sold, although last weekend he said that if Liverpool's owners decided to accept a bid there was nothing he could do about it. Coutinho will miss Saturday's match at home to Crystal Palace because he still has a back injury, Klopp told reporters on Thursday. (Reporting by Steve Tongue; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
August 18, 2017 15:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is experiencing healthy levels of economic growth with its Gross National Income up by 51.8 per cent and 2.26 million new jobs created, despite years of global uncertainties. Very healthy levels of growth, despite years of considerable global turbulence,” Najib said in his speech at the 63rd Master Builders Association of Malaysia (MBAM) anniversary dinner tonight. The healthy growth in economy was registered in the first two quarters of the year, in which Najib said the numbers had exceeded initial expectations. “The truth is, as the most recent report from the World Bank concluded, and I quote: ‘The Malaysian economy is progressing from a position of strength.’,” he said. “And for the upcoming Sungai Buloh–Serdang–Putrajaya Line, RM26.7 billion of the RM30 billion awarded to date has been to Malaysian contractors.
August 18, 2017 15:00 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth committee member Mohamad Taufik Abas claimed that he has been sacked over the fracas at the Nothing to Hide 2.0 forum in Shah Alam last Sunday. He said he came to know of the sacking over Twitter but had yet to receive an official letter from the party. He regarded as unprofessional the action by Pribumi Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman in sacking him over social media. His sacking was attributed to him raising a question on the Memali tragedy when party chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was fielding questions. The organiser should know that in a programme such as a dialogue, there are bound to be provocative questions.
August 18, 2017 14:39 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Everton's new record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson has conceded he may not be ready to play a full 90 minutes yet but hopes to be involved in Monday's match away to Premier League title favourites Manchester City. "I'm maybe not ready to play 90," he told a news conference on Friday, despite "training well" over the last 5-6 weeks. Sigurdsson, a free-kick specialist, was directly involved in 21 Premier League goals last season and covered 433 km (269 miles) in his 38 league games, the greatest distance of any player. They have always been a tough club to play against, so I'm looking forward to not playing Everton this season!" He said the transfer fee - a record for Everton - did not concern him.
August 18, 2017 14:37 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The Foreign Ministry has confirmed that no Malaysians were involved in the deadly attack in Barcelona on Thursday. "The Government of Malaysia stands firmly with the international community in strongly condemning these heinous attacks. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs conveys its deepest sympathy towards the families of the victims of the incident," it said in a statement on Friday. The ministry also said that Malaysians affected by the incident and who are in need of consular assistance are encouraged to reach out to the Malaysian embassy in Madrid. Those affected can contact the Malaysian embassy at +(34)915550684 / 915550737 or email at email@example.com
August 18, 2017 14:26 UTC
(Reuters) - British aerial skier Lloyd Wallace has sustained a serious head injury after a training accident and is in hospital in Switzerland, the International Ski Federation and British Ski and Snowboard (BSS) said. The 22-year-old aerial specialist, who is hoping to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang, suffered the injury while training with the Swiss national team and was given first aid on site before being flown to hospital. A detailed prognosis for the injury is expected to be released over the next week. "The whole situation is hard on us as Lloyd Wallace was part of a combined training group with the Swiss Ski team. Our thoughts are with Lloyd and his family," Head of Freestyle Swiss Ski Christoph Perreten said.
August 18, 2017 14:26 UTC
(Reuters) - Manchester United are satisfied with their transfer business and under no pressure to sign a fourth player in the current window, manager Jose Mourinho said. Last week, Mourinho said United were looking to sign a winger after signing three of his four transfer targets - defender Victor Lindelof, midfielder Nemanja Matic and striker Romelu Lukaku - but has since said he is content with the squad. Obviously, my plans were four but I also told (club Executive Vice Chairman) Ed Woodward, 'No pressure from me, do what you think is best for the club'," Mourinho told reporters on Friday. "When I won two consecutive titles with Chelsea, the United manager (Ferguson) said we brought the bar to a certain level," Mourinho said. United, who opened their league season with a 4-0 win over West Ham United last Sunday, face Swansea City this weekend.
August 18, 2017 14:15 UTC
JOHOR BARU: Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has slammed certain Malay quarters for disrespecting the royal institution. Tunku Ismail, who is the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) president, chided certain individuals who were always out to belittle the deeds of others. Do not embarrass the Malay race with your vindictive attitude. Tunku Ismail also addressed criticism against him for not attending Sea Games football matches. I'm not a person who shows my face at the stadium just for popularity but magically disappears when football needs financial assistance," said Tunku Ismail.
August 18, 2017 14:15 UTC