SEPANG: Night lights at the Sepang International Circuit are set to increase its revenue and spur the development of motorsports in the country. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was impressed by the lighting system installed around the circuit. Dr Mahathir who took a bright red Ferrari out for a drive after launching the lighting system said it was a nice experience. He said the lighting system would not fit the requirements of Formula 1, but added that it would be sufficient for normal races. He added that the financial resources needed to run the event could be better spent developing the Sepang International Circuit further.
August 01, 2018 15:11 UTC
KEPALA BATAS: A 83-year-old woman was traumatised after she was robbed by her relatives on Wednesday (August 1) morning. North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the woman was woken by knocks at her door at about 6am. He said that although a police investigation found no signs that the door was pried open or that the home was ransacked, the investigation led to the police recovering robbed items following arrest of three suspects. We recovered a receipt carrying the sale of the jewellery for RM2,000 and the stolen items from a goldsmith nearby," said ACP Noorzainy. The suspects are being remanded for seven days under Section 395/397 of the Penal Code for armed robbery and gang robbery.
August 01, 2018 14:37 UTC
KOTA KINABALU: After a one-and-a-half-month wait, major thalassemia patient Neowell Vann Houtton was able to receive his transfusion after a two-day nationwide appeal for O Positive blood donors.The boy received his transfusion on Wednesday afternoon (Aug 1) at the Women and Children’s Likas Hospital here.Neowell received two bags that matched his rare blood type of O Positive R1R1 JKA after developing a reaction with the first transfusion on Tuesday (July 31).His mother Selly Onong praised the hospital staff for calming the rashes immediately with medication.“I am absolutely overwhelmed and grateful to the press and all the donors for responding so quickly to my appeal. "Neowell needs monthly blood transfusions for the rest of his life and I have been going in and out of the public hospitals in Kota Kinabalu every month for over a decade.“The directors, doctors and nurses have always given the best possible care and treatment for my son and I have faith in our medical services in Malaysia. "Once in a while, through no fault of theirs, the blood bank has no blood match and then it becomes urgent.“The last time I appealed like this was in 2013 and this is my fifth time over the past 12 years. I love my son and I will do anything for him,” Selly related.Selly said that she will never know the source of blood received by Neowell, and can only pray and hope that O Positive donors will ask their hospitals or doctors to determine if they are O Positive R1R1 JKA.“If you are of this blood type, Neowell needs you, and I would like you to be on my emergency database of donors, so please do get in touch with me on 0128676351,” she said in a statement.Selly also appealed to Malaysians to make blood donation a part of their civic duty.“As a mother of a child who needs blood transfusions from the blood bank every month I know only too well the fear and trauma my family goes through when the blood bank is dry.“It takes a few minutes to donate and even if you donate once a year, someone out there may be saved, because you never know when it’s you or someone you love who may need to rely on the blood of a total stranger from a bank,” said Selly.
August 01, 2018 14:03 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: A PAS lawmaker was told not to look at air stewardesses if their attire was deemed to be too revealing and indecent (menjolok mata). Transport Minister Anthony Loke said there are no plans thus far by the Government to amend policies related to the uniforms of air hostesses. "As such, airline companies are free to pick the attire of their crew, as long as it fulfils the set criteria," he said. In line with the "Malaysian hospitality" theme practised by Malaysia Airlines Berhad (MAB), the kebaya uniforms worn by their air stewardesses reflect local culture. "The Ministry has no restriction if Muslim air stewardesses choose to wear attire that are Syariah compliant as long as it fulfils the criteria set by CAAM," he said.
August 01, 2018 13:41 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United Women will play Liverpool in their first match since the previous team was disbanded in 2005 after they were drawn together in the League Cup group stage as the fixtures for the 2018-19 season were released by the FA on Wednesday. Second-tier United, managed by former England captain Casey Stoney, will travel to top division side Liverpool in Group Two North of the Women's Super League Cup on Aug. 19. Stoney's United team, which was only established earlier this summer, will also be competing in the second-tier Women's Championship starting at Aston Villa on Sept. 9. Champions Chelsea open their Super League campaign at home to 2016 winners Manchester City on the same weekend. The fixtures for the FA Women's Cup, which was won by Chelsea last season, will be announced at a later date.
August 01, 2018 13:07 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Utusan Melayu (M) Bhd has defaulted on a RM2.9mil loan. “The company intends to submit a proposal to restructure the term loan facilities with the bank. In the meantime, the company is working towards restructuring all its loan facilities in line with its business transformation plan,” it said. Utusan said there is no significant impact of the default in payment on the business, financial and operations of the remaining business of the group. “Nevertheless, the group shall endeavour to continue its other remaining business operations notwithstanding the default and will engage with the lenders and suppliers for their continuous support,” it said.
August 01, 2018 12:56 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: DRB-Hicom Bhd is selling its entire stake in Alam Flora Sdn Bhd to Malakoff Corp Bhd for RM944.6mil. Proceeds from the disposal, DRB-Hicom told Bursa Malaysia today, will be utilise to repay debts totalling RM500mil and the rest as working capital for Proton. “The proposed disposal provides an opportunity for DRB-Hicom to unlock the value and monetise its investment in Alam Flora at an attractive price,” it said. Alama Flora has a 22 year concession - expiring on Sept 1, 2033 - to collect solid waste and garbage in Pahang, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya. Based on the selling price, DRB-Hicom will net RM735.4mil from the disposal.
August 01, 2018 12:22 UTC
NANJING: Seasoned campaigner Nguyen Tien Minh of Vietnam could not bear the thought of not playing competitive badminton. 5 and the 2013 World Championships bronze medallist, hung up his racket after the 2016 Rio Olympics but his retirement lasted just one month. “I came out of retirement within a month and here I am. As long as I take good care of my body, I’ll be fine," he said. “I’m not sure if I will continue until the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, but my goal is definitely try to be part of the big tournaments like the World Championships.”
August 01, 2018 12:22 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: The fire which killed one person at a Sentul workshop on Tuesday (July 31) was the result of a heated argument. Not long after, the victim called her worker who was outside the shop to remove him from the premises. "The suspect ran to his motorcycle and brought out a container believed to be filled with petrol. He went back into the shop and sprayed the petrol at the direction of the victim. The ensuing fire killed the 51-year old victim, while also burning her husband, a worker and the suspect.
August 01, 2018 12:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Oil rig builder Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering Holdings Bhd (MMHE) has painted a bleak outlook for the rest of 2018 after posting its second straight quarterly losses. “While there is a growing optimism for an increase in offshore activities, these have yet to trickle down to real opportunities for the heavy engineering segment,” MMHE said. In the liquefied natural gas (LNG) business, MMHE said opportunities stemming from final investment decisions in new LNG projects and expansions to existing LNG projects are not expected to bear fruit immediately. “However, the expected results improvement in the marine segment for the second half of the year is unlikely to turn around the full-year performance of the segment,” it said. MMHE said it would continue to focus on replenishing its order book and pursuing the various claims with clients to fruition.
August 01, 2018 11:10 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said today he has asked Telekom Malaysia to submit a report on the awarding of a contract to a company of which Tan Sri Mokhzani Tun Mahathir is the chairman. “I have requested a report from TM. I asked (for the report) today. I ordered for the report to be sent to me on this matter,” he said to reporters at the Parliament lobby. The media had reported that Opcom Holdings had secured a contract worth RM11.16 million from TM several days after the 14th General Election on May 9.
August 01, 2018 10:45 UTC
MUMBAI: India’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to the highest in two years as it stepped up efforts to curb inflation and stem capital outflows.The six-member monetary policy committee voted to raise the repurchase rate to 6.5 percent, a move predicted by 40 of the 53 economists in a Bloomberg survey. It kept the policy stance neutral.The MPC notes that domestic economic activity has continued to sustain momentum and the output gap has virtually closed, the Reserve Bank of India said in a statement Wednesday. Higher government prices for some food crops also poses upside risk to inflation.The currency and inflation woes come against the backdrop of an economy that’s growing faster than any other major nation, strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position as he prepares for elections next year.But risks to the outlook are formidable: as the world’s fastest-growing oil consumer, higher crude prices will push up the current-account deficit, while global trade tensions threaten exports and investment.The economy’s strong performance gives policy makers another reason to hike rates. Core inflation -- which strips out volatile food, fuel and light prices -- has been sticky at a four-year high of more than 6 percent, indicating demand pressures in the economy.The RBI has sold dollars steadily to smooth the volatility in the currency market and Governor Urjit Patel has expressed worries about the emerging market turmoil, arguing that the Fed’s plans to shrink its balance sheet was adding to risks to global growth. - Bloomberg
August 01, 2018 10:18 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has criticised the government on Wednesday (August 1) for its treatment of the Khazanah board. This also resulted in the Khazanah board not being able to convene its meetings. The Khazanah board understood the message. At the same time, the government’s PR strategy has been to focus on the few losses during Azman’s tenure from the investment in UBS to a company selling lingerie on-line. As I have mentioned previously, Khazanah is now a success story which began with Azman’s appointment in 2004.
August 01, 2018 10:07 UTC
(Reuters) - Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley says he feels "better than ever" after recovering from a long-term injury and is relishing the freedom to influence all areas of the pitch under new manager Maurizio Sarri. "I arrived here with a long-term injury," Barkley is quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. Barkley started the club's pre-season matches against Perth Glory and Inter Milan and is relishing Sarri's playing philosophy. "The new manager obviously has a different style... The Stamford Bridge outfit kick off their league campaign against Huddersfield Town on Aug. 11.
August 01, 2018 10:07 UTC
At 5pm, the FBM KLCI was up 4.06 points or 0.23% to 1,788.31. Digi rose 17 sen to RM4.72 and pushed the KLCI up 2.36 points. Axiata added seven sen to RM4.46 but Telekom fell six sen to RM3.91 and Maxis four sen lower to RM5.75. Petronas Gas rose 46 sen to RM19.20 and pushed the KLCI up 1.62 points, Petronas Chemical added eight sen to RM9.01 while Petronas Dagangan was flat at RM26.98. IHH Healthcare gained 11 sen to RM6.02 and nudged the KLCI 1.62 points up, Genting Malausia chalked up gains of 13 sen to RM5.19 but Genting Bhd lost four sen to RM8.71.
August 01, 2018 09:50 UTC