"A man walked towards the ice cream stand where I work, and he hit a woman three times. He started running, went past my kiosk, and he had a knife in his hand," Terttu Lehtinen told Reuters. Finland is usually peaceful but the Security Intelligence Service raised the terrorism threat level in June, saying it had become aware of terrorism-related plans in Finland. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "It is with great concern that I have learnt of the violent attacks in Turku, Finland. While details are still emerging, we strongly condemn this unprovoked attack which comes only 24 hours after the horror that unfolded in Spain."
August 18, 2017 14:09 UTC
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone said on Friday his players will dig deep in the face of adversity as they begin the new season shackled by a transfer ban and with key players missing. Atletico will be without striker Kevin Gameiro and left back Filipe Luis for the opening game at newly promoted Girona. Thomas Partey and Diego Godin are suspended, deepening the deficiencies of a squad banned from registering new players. "The club has made a huge effort to keep its most important players and it's clear that the players who have stayed have a huge sense of belonging here and that reflects well on the club," Simeone told a news conference on Friday. Girona have also brought in four players on loan from Manchester City, whose parent company, City Football Group, is reported to be close to purchasing a majority stake in the club.
August 18, 2017 14:03 UTC
KUCHING: Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) currently has 60 oil and gas- (O&G) producing fields in Sarawak producing an average of 850,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day, said its President/Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin. “These accomplishments demonstrate our continuous commitment to grow in Sarawak and add value to its O&G resources,” he said. Wan Zulkiflee said this at the the contract signing ceremony between Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works Corp here today. He said through its involvement in the state’s O&G industry, Petronas has had the privilege of collaborating with several key local partners. We are pleased to be associated with Brooke Dockyard, a company that is equally committed to this cause,” he said.
August 18, 2017 13:52 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Antonio Conte envies bitter London rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite having pipped them for the Premier League title last season. "He created a great foundation for his club and we must do the same," Conte said. We lost a lot of players in the last few years who created this basis for us." Last season we won the league and reached the FA Cup semi-final with only 13 players playing regularly. "We were lucky not to have injuries but this season we lost players.
August 18, 2017 13:41 UTC
SEPANG: Olympic champion Joseph Schooling of Singapore apologised yesterday over his recent remark about “teaching Malaysia a thing or two” ahead of his Kuala Lumpur Sea Games (KL2017) campaign, upon arriving at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Schooling, 22, said it wasn’t his intention to hurt or anger Malaysians when he made his comment after the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month. Schooling also added that he will not take the biennial Games lightly despite being in a class of his own. “The Sea Games is not a training ground. My dad used to tell me, at every race, race fast and I think that holds a lot of ground.
August 18, 2017 13:41 UTC
SINGAPORE: Star Media Group's creative and innovative advertising campaign received accolades at the Spark Awards here. It depends on how you work around it and make it more engaging," Star Media Group general manager (advertising and business development) Chua Chee Beng said after receiving the award. He said the team had worked closely with Etika Group to come up with the award-winning advertisement. Etika Group vice-president (Marketing) Santharuban T. Sundaram said that they were honoured by the recognition. The Spark Awards recognises the top media solutions, products and services from media owners and publishers across the region.
August 18, 2017 13:38 UTC
BERLIN (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday signed midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a two-year deal with the former Ghana international returning to the Bundesliga after quitting Spain's Las Palmas. The 30-year-old Boateng, who has also played for Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and twice for AC Milan among other clubs, netted 10 goals and provided five assists for Las Palmas last season. "We know Kevin's strengths in midfield and are convinced that he can play a key role in our team," Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said in a statement. Berlin-born Boateng, whose half brother Jerome plays for Bayern Munich and Germany, has also played for Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin and Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga. The season kicks off on Friday with champions Bayern Munich taking on Bayer Leverkusen.
August 18, 2017 13:30 UTC
I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids" - Aamer Anwar, a human rights lawyer told Britain's Sky News television. There were lots of foreigners" - local shop worker Xavi Perez told AFP. We heard shots fired. And at that time, all we had to do was ... you have to contemplate ... is this literally here where I die?" Cambrils- "Within 30 seconds the police was already there, jumped out of the car, started shouting at the guy, the guy was then saying something else again.
August 18, 2017 13:11 UTC
BARCELONA: Spanish police hunted Friday for the driver who ploughed a van into crowds of pedestrians on a busy avenue in Barcelona, just hours before a second such assault hit a nearby resort, in twin attacks that left 14 dead and over 100 injured. But the driver responsible for the carnage in Spain’s second largest city remained at large, authorities warned, while police said they believed the two attacks were connected. The driver left the vehicle on the busy boulevard lined with shops and restaurants, and fled on foot. Spain, the world’s third most popular tourism destination, had until now been spared the recent extremist attacks that have rocked nearby France, Belgium and Germany. Catalonia has the highest concentration of radicalised Islamists in the country along with Madrid and the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla that border Morocco.--AFP
August 18, 2017 13:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: RAM Ratings has maintained its positive outlook on the Malaysian economy, with another upward revision in gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 5.4 per cent for 2017. RAM said while there are downside risks to both components, the resilience of domestic demand is still seen as the key driver of sustainable growth. Meanwhile, RAM said economic resilience against external developments will be the real test for growth sustainability. RAM said nonetheless, export growth will still come in very strongly at 6.8 per cent this year, driven by a robust first half. RAM said external developments can also affect the volatility of capital markets and exchange rates.
August 18, 2017 12:45 UTC
KLANG: A private school that has found itself on the Education Ministry’s list of schools with disciplinary and drug problems, wants clarification on how the 402 schools were identified. Its principal Ng Swee Geok said the privately-owned institution has never submitted any disciplinary report to the ministry that would put the school on the list. "We are extremely concerned about the reasons of being identified as a hotspot school," she said in a statement, which was read out to reporters who attended a press conference at the school on Friday. Ng said it was an unfair suppression for being identified as a hotspot school, and welcomes the ministry to visit their school to carry out a fair judgment and clear their reputation. It was reported Thursday that MOE had identified 402 schools for being hotspots for disciplinary and drugs problems.
August 18, 2017 12:33 UTC
BESTARI JAYA: The Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Ministry today launched the ‘Jom Baikpulih Rumah’ programme, its latest initiative to help the “Below 40” group in Selangor. Its minister, Tan Sri Noh Omar, said the programme was aimed at helping poor families in the state who live in houses that were in dire need of repair. “Jom Baikpulih Rumah is meant to help poor families who can’t afford to repair their houses, and have to continue living in premises that are in bad condition. “This is BN’s promise to help the poor in Selangor, and we will always lend our help to those in need,” he said at the launch. During the launch, Noh also handed over Jom Baikpulih Rumah contributions to 10 families under Kuala Selangor parliamentary.
August 18, 2017 12:22 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Crystal Palace are hoping their former Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will be able to exploit the Anfield club's perceived defensive weakness from set pieces in Saturday's Premier League game. The powerful Belgian has scored five times in three league matches at Liverpool as an opposition player, including two when Palace won there in April. Meanwhile Liverpool conceded three goals at Watford last weekend and were widely criticised for defensive laxity. "Christian showed his importance last season," the Palace manager Frank de Boer told a media conference on Friday. We know set pieces are important, they're important to all teams in the Premier League."
August 18, 2017 12:11 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The public should refrain from associating any acts of terrorism with the true meaning of jihad. He said terrorism, meanwhile, was merely the result of violent extremism. “Jihad can never be equated to acts of injustice, violence and terrorism. “Terrorist bombings in public places and mass shootings is a failed strategy that rarely achieves the objectives of terrorist groups,” he said in a statement today. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Barcelona attack, their family members, and we stand in solidarity with the people of Spain.”
August 18, 2017 12:11 UTC
LONDON: Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has been elected in his personal capacity as an executive councilor of the prestigious International Society of Surgery (ISS) at the 47th World Congress of Surgery in Basel, Switzerland. It is also an acknowledgement of the hard work and teamwork at the Health Ministry. The ISS, which organises the World Congress of Surgery, works closely with the Collective Member Societies (CMS) and a number of WCS partner societies. At the five day bi-annual congress which started on Sunday, Malaysia is bidding for the World Congress of Surgery 2021 and the result will be announced on Thursday. The WCS is an international flagship for the profession of surgery worldwide.
August 18, 2017 12:00 UTC