SINGAPORE: Low-cost airline AirAsia Japan said yesterday that it would begin its first flights from Nagoya later this month, more than two years after Malaysia's AirAsia Bhd announced plans to re-enter the Japanese market with new partners. A prior AirAsia Japan, a joint venture with Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways, was dissolved in 2013 and used as the basis for the launch of ANA subsidiary Vanilla Air. AirAsia owns 49% of the new AirAsia Japan, which has two Airbus A320 aircraft and will be based at Nagoya. However, AirAsia Japan had been waiting until now for final regulatory approvals to launch in a market where it will rival ANA's low-cost carriers Vanilla and Peach as well as the Jetstar Japan joint venture between Japan Airlines and Australia's Qantas Airways. "It's great to be back in Japan," AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes said in a statement.
October 16, 2017 20:03 UTC
Still, thousands of civilians could be seen leaving with their belongings heading north along the country roads that lead to Iraq’s autonomous Kurdish region. Ahmed al-Assadi said federal forces came under fire from “some rebels” after launching the operation early Monday and returned fire. State-run Al-Iraqiya TV had earlier reported that federal forces rolled into parts of the countryside outside Kirkuk without facing resistance. Iran closed its three official crossings with the Kurdish region Sunday, Kurdish media reported. It also froze currency transfers to four banks operating in the Kurdish region.
October 16, 2017 19:18 UTC
The negative answer comes first as there are no indications for now that Mr Trump is doing so with the countries in Southeast Asia. Mr Trump understands this downward trend and his security team is doing whatever it can to remedy the dire situation. Most interesting is how Mr Trump places Vietnam in the overall scheme of relations in Southeast Asia. In past months, however, Mr Trump has dealt serious blows to Mr Obama's achievements in free trade, denuclearisation of Iran, and climate change, among others. It remains to be seen how Mr Trump will approach Barack Obama's legacy in Southeast Asia when he visits Da Nang and Clark Air Base in November.
October 16, 2017 19:07 UTC
For a group dedicated to international science and education, Unesco generates more controversy than almost any other part of the United Nations. More likely, especially in Thailand and the region, Unesco's role in promoting World Heritage Sites is the subject of conversation. When Cambodia applied to declare the Preah Vihear temple a World Heritage Site, the Thai government actively protested. Loss of World Heritage status would be a serious blow -- to tourism, to the environment and to the government. In the meantime, the US has once again politicised Unesco in a major crisis for the UN group.
October 16, 2017 19:07 UTC
Twenty-five roads in the north and centre of Portugal remained closed to traffic on Monday because of the fires. Alberto Nunez Feijoo, leader of Galicia, said Monday that many of the fires had started as acts of arson. Feijoo said that those responsible have taken advantage of the weather conditions, high winds and drought, to start them and cause more havoc. The fires returned to Portugal four months after a summer blaze claimed 64 lives in one night. Most fires are set deliberately, officials say, and spread quickly due to poor forest management which leaves debris that fuels fires.
October 16, 2017 18:22 UTC
"The most important thing is that he is happy at Tottenham and who knows where we will be tomorrow. "For me, he is a player that gets excited by scoring goals for Tottenham." However, the Argentine said he would happily take up Spurs' chairman Daniel Levy's wish for Pochettino to remain for another 15 years. I am very happy at Tottenham and if the chairman wants me for 15 years I am willing to sign the contract," added Pochettino. I am so happy for my time in Tottenham, it is a club with big potential.
October 16, 2017 18:22 UTC
The old Thai political proverb that says “Too quick to introduce yourself, too bruised you will become” could be well applied in this case. It also goes against the tradition of her party, which prefers its prospective leaders to have a low profile until the right time comes. Sudarat may have support from the party’s influencers, including former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but within the party, some friction has been reported. Sudarat is not Thaksin’s direct heir, and she leads only the party’s MPs in Bangkok. Politically, she has already been bruised despite her flowery campaign on Sunday.
The number was 9 per cent down on the 7,159 registrations in August, however. The top five businesses for newly founded companies last month were the building/construction, property, restaurant, ornament retailing, and transportation sectors. Most of the dissolutions were in the building business, real estate, management-service consultancy, machinery wholesaling and electricity-generating sectors. Meanwhile, newly founded juristic persons during the first nine months of the year totalled 55,612, up 14 per cent year on year and with combined registered capital of Bt264.5 billion. Business operators have confidence |in the Kingdom’s economic growth, she |added.
With airports around the world embarking on aggressive expansion and development plans, the fund will help Changi invest in this growth and establish a strong foothold in other markets, Changi Airport Group (CAG) chairman Liew Mun Leong told The Straits Times. From King Fahd International Airport in Saudi Arabia to Italy’s Rome Fiumicino Airport to China’s Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, CAI has left its mark on over 50 airports in more than 20 countries. Things to pick up soonBut with the new fund, things should start to pick up for CAI, Liew said. Besides Changi Airport, Malaysia Airports, Germany’s Fraport, Schiphol in the Netherlands and Turkey’s TAV are among the airports that are also keen to spread their wings overseas. “At the end of the day, if we can mobilise the competency and expertise of Changi Airport – the best airport in the world – we can make a lot of money,” he said.
BANGKOK CANNOT withstand more than 150 millimetres of rain, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has admitted, adding that authorities were doing their best to drain floodwater. Bangkok was last Saturday hit by the heaviest downpour in a decade – up to 214 millimetres in a single night – leaving many areas in the capital flooded and clogging traffic. Heavy rain slowly decreasingSirichan said that assistance from the army included medical support, transportation services, and flood relief aid distribution. For the Bangkok area, she said that the NCPO has dispatched officers to help BMA maintain the pumping stations and assist BMA officers. Meanwhile, storm Khanun has already weakened and will not have a direct effect on Thailand.
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn will tomorrow install the grand nine-tiered umbrella at the top of the elaborate Royal Crematorium for his late father. Thais across the world regard the upcoming Royal Cremation Ceremonies as very important events. Deputy Prime Minister Tanasak Patimapragorn assured the public that any heavy downpours would not affect the Royal Ceremonies. “Between November 2 and 30, we will let people come into the area to see an exhibition on the Royal Cremation Ceremonies,” Tanasak said. Tanasak said that rehearsals had already been held for the royal processions in honour of the late King during the Royal Cremation Ceremonies.
In front of the clinic, Aktar can barely speak to ask where her family are. There were four adults and two children already living in the cramped space where it is difficult to stand upright. Still wrapped in the towel, Mohammed Jubayed slept on a mat in a corner of the hut among pots and pans. The trees have all been razed to make way for huts and wood has to be bought with cash. Amid the hammering of new shelters being built, and the horns and queues around humanitarian food trucks making a delivery, Mohammed Jubayed slept soundly for the moment with his little fists closed.
In the most tender moments of “Human Flow”, Ai Weiwei’s epic documentary on the worldwide migrant crisis, he is seen hugging, cooking with and cutting the hair of refugees. “Human Flow”, his powerful expression of solidarity with refugees around the world, demonstrates the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Ai travels from teeming refugee camps to barbed-wire borders, witnessing refugees’ desperation and disillusionment as well as hope and courage. I can cook in their camp.”“Human Flow” is far from Ai’s first work on the refugee crisis. The artist has given up hope of returning home with his family but hopes his film will contribute to people seeing refugees as human beings.
In Cambodia’s National Assembly, the 123 deputies are divided between two political organisations, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, which has 68 seats, and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which has 55 seats. In recent days, Hun Sen further announced the dissolution of the CNRP, based on the same logic. The dissolution of the CNRP will mean that its 55 democratically elected deputies will automatically and collectively lose their parliamentary mandate created by universal suffrage. This constitutes a grave breach of Cambodia’s commitment to democracy created and guaranteed by the Paris Peace Agreement, signed under the aegis of the United Nations in 1991. The anti-democratic accusations and actions of the government against the CNRP have been condemned by the United Nations, the European Parliament and governments around the world, as well as by many human rights organisations.
Sudarat’s truck was accompanied by several motorcycles, whose riders were wearing uniforms, and the parade was led by a police car. The photos sparked controversy among social media users, who accused Sudarat of using the condolence period for her own benefit and using security protection like a serving officer. Some even called on the ruling junta to prolong its ban on political activities. In a press briefing yesterday, Sudarat explained that she had not known the truck she rode would be highlighted with her name, because she got on it from behind. However, she refused to comment on whether the junta would consider the controversy as a reason to prolong the political ban.