(Reuters) - Egypt goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who became the oldest player in World Cup history in Russia, has announced his retirement from international soccer aged 45. El-Hadary earned the last of his 159 caps for the national team in a 2-1 group stage defeat by Saudi Arabia as Egypt crashed out of the tournament with three losses. "After 22 years, four months and 12 days, I saw it as the best moment to hang up my gloves," El-Hadary said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. "I'm proud to have played with the national team in 159 internationals, participating in unprecedented achievements. I extend my thanks and gratitude to my family, who have borne the difficulties of my life and supported me in all my steps."
August 08, 2018 04:07 UTC
Virgin Hyperloop One, backed by British tycoon Richard Branson, has been testing its hyperloop system in Nevada in the United States with speeds reaching 386km an hour, and is planning three production systems in service by 2021. "By investing in the development and testing of Virgin Hyperloop One, Spain is extending its long tradition as an innovative, global transport leader. We are excited to partner with such a forward-thinking country in developing the next generation of transportation," Virgin Hyperloop One chief Rob Lloyd said in the statement. Virgin Hyperloop One will receive US$146mil (RM595mil) in public aid in the form of loans and grants to help set up the new centre, the US company Adif said in separate statements. Adif said the centre will create 250 high skilled jobs while Virgin Hyperloop One said it would "hire 250-300 high-tech skilled professionals".
August 08, 2018 03:56 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said his Parliamentary reply over claims that the Umno president had assets worth RM230mil had been “twisted”. In a statement issued by his press secretary on Wednesday (Aug 8), Liew denied saying that the allegation against Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was false. “It’s with deepest regret that certain irresponsible parties had twisted my written reply to suit their own agenda,” he added. Liew was commenting reports in several news portals, including The Star Online, that the claims against Dr Ahmad Zahid were false. Liew had issued a written reply to Ramkarpal Singh (PH-Bukit Gelugor) in the Dewan Rakyat on whether the Government would investigate the allegations.
August 08, 2018 03:45 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk A. Kadir Jasin has confirmed his appointment as the media and communications adviser in the Prime Minister's Office. The veteran newsman, who is also a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council member, said he received the appointment letter on the "special adviser" post in late July but declined to elaborate, Malaysiakini reported on Wednesday. Kadir had served as head of media and communications of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) before he resigned from the post in June after coming under fire for his views on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Kadir said the decision was solely personal in order to avoid further confusion among members of the public regarding his role in the council and his views expressed in his blog and weekly column in the Sinar Harian newspaper. More to come
August 08, 2018 03:11 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Supermodel Amber Chia has taken part in all three previous #AnakAnakMalaysia walk and is looking forward to participating in the event again this year. Chia said she aims to walk with her family and friends on Sept 2 in Shah Alam. “Last year we took many photos and the Shah Alam scenery was amazingly beautiful in the morning,” she said. The #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk that is 3.8km is to be held at 6.30am on Sept 2, at the Eco Ardence Sales Gallery, Persiaran Setia Alam, Setia Alam, Shah Alam. #AnakAnakMalaysia Walk is a collaboration between Malaysia’s well-known property developer Eco World Development Group Bhd and Star Media Group.
August 01, 2018 23:48 UTC
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