Malaysia targets 20 Chinese destinations in five years

first_imgMalaysia Airlines predicts it will be flying directly to 20 Chinese cities within five years after a rapid expansion which will add 11 new routes into China next year.The expansion will see the Malaysian carrier add 35 frequencies between the two countries as it services eight new destinations.Malaysia Airlines’ chief exdecutive Peter Bellew said the carrier planned to triple its Chinese business over the next five years.“I see potential for direct flights to 20 Chinese cities from Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching by 2019,’’ he said. “We have huge confidence in China.’’Malaysia will be flying from Kuala Lumpur  to Haikou, Nanjing, Fuzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu and Chongqing.  Plans are also underway to fly from Kota Kinabalu to Tianjin as well as from Penang to Shenzhen and Shanghai.The new routes are expected to be complemented by a  second daily flight in April  between Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai, subject to slot availability, and  an upgrade to its morning Kuala Lumpur-Hong Kong sector from a Boeing 737 to the Airbus 330.Mr Bellew said the improved connectivity would foster deeper business links between the two nations.“In addition to this initial growth, we will promote tourism in Malaysia and China through seasonal or ad-hoc services to key leisure markets such as Langkawi, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu,” he said. “Six of our new Chinese cities have never been served directly by a Malaysian airline.’’The news was not so good for  Singapore Airlines which has been forced to delay its Singapore-Jakarta-Sydney service due to maintenance at Jakarta’s  Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.SIA had  announced the launch of the three-times-weekly service on November 23 and had been issued the appropriate approval and been issued with landing and take-off slots.“However, SIA has been informed by the Indonesian civil aviation authorities that they are now unable to approve the flights due to runway maintenance works at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which also affect other airlines,’’ the Singaporean carrier said this week.“SIA will progressively contact customers with bookings on this route and help put them on other flights. The Airline apologises for the inconvenience caused to our customers.’’last_img read more

South Africa enters military pact with Argentina

first_imgThe fleet support ship SAS Drakensberg sails past Table Mountain.(Image: Melkbos) South African Minister of Defence LindiweSisulu is confident that the new pactwill enable both countries to be moreeffective in fighting piracy, terrorism, cyberwarfare, climate change, and other issues. (Image: Department of Defence) MEDIA CONTACTS • Ndivhuwo MabayaSpokesperson, Ministry of Defence+27 82 908 0054 RELATED ARTICLES • SA regains UN Security Council seat • SA to increase peacekeeping role • Swedish army prefers SA vehicle • SA, Angola strengthen ties• SA to strengthen ties with BritainShamin ChibbaWhen the SAS Drakensberg arrived in Simon’s Town on 3 December, its homecoming represented a different kind of victory for the national department of defence.On 20 November the Durban-built vessel played the catalyst in the signing of a pact between South Africa and Argentina. The defence ministers of both countries met in Argentina, aboard the SAS Drakensberg, to sign an agreement on development and military co-operation.According to ministry of defence spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya, the two countries agreed to exchange skills, technology and military health developments as well as participate in joint training exercises and search and rescue operations.He added that the agreement would allow both navies to tighten security in the southern Atlantic Ocean and prepare them for any security challenges they may encounter.“We share some part of the Atlantic Ocean and we have to make it safer. There are many issues such as people stealing seafood from our seas,” said Mabaya.Acting swiftly against threatsSpeaking at the signing, South African Minister of Defence Lindiwe Sisulu pointed out that since conflicts between countries have dissipated, national defences now face threats from independent, specialised forces.“The most obvious of these threats are terrorism, piracy in the high seas, proliferation of nuclear weapons amongst rogue countries, biological and chemical war, cyber warfare, resource scarcity and climate change,” she said.“Deterrence is not enough. Our armed forces must be able to anticipate and act swiftly to address these threats whenever they arise.”Sisulu said the South African defence industries have a lot to offer Argentina.“Our industries are technologically highly advanced and diversified, presenting the Argentine ministry of defence with a vast range of defence systems required for its modernisation programmes.”The two countries also agreed to exchange skills related to aviation, command-control communications and air-to-air missile technology. Sisulu was particularly optimistic about jointly developing and enhancing long range radar technology.The SAS Drakensberg was in Argentina to participate in the naval exercise ATLASUR VIII with the Argentine, Brazilian and Uruguayan navies in the southern Atlantic Ocean.The vessel then accompanied the South African submarine Charlotte Maxeke (S102), one of the country’s three new Heroine-class attack submarines, to Simon’s Town. The other two are the SAS Manthatisi (S101) and the SAS Queen Modjadji (S103), and all are named after formidable South African women.Before departing for South Africa, Sisulu addressed the sailors and officers on board, saying, “You fly our flag very high. Continue doing the good work to represent us as a nation.”last_img read more

PPC, IDC enter Ethiopian cement market

first_img26 July 2012 South Africa’s Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) have teamed up to acquire a 47% equity stake in Ethiopia’s Habesha Cement Share Company (HCSCo), and will help build a US$130-million cement plant in the east African country. PPC announced on Wednesday that it was investing $12-million in cash to secure 27% equity in HCSCo – the company’s first foray into the east African cement market. The IDC will invest $9-million for a 20% equity stake in HCSCo. “We are on record that our strategy is to grow our revenue earned outside of South Africa to 40-50% during the next few years and that we have been working on various opportunities on the African continent,” PPC CEO Paul Stuiver said in a statement. “This is one of those opportunities, and we look forward to a growing contribution and partnership with Habesha in the years ahead.” PPC said HCSCo was a “first of its kind cement share company in Ethiopia, with more than 16 000 local shareholders”.State-of-the-art cement plant The first phase of HCSCo’s plan is a $130-million, state-of-the-art cement plant with an annual capacity of 1.4-million tons to supply the growing Ethiopian cement market. The plant will be financed from the equity investments of local shareholders, PPC and the IDC, as well as $86-million in debt financing that HCSCo has secured from the Development Bank of Ethiopia. According to PPC, the HCSCo plant, which is currently in the early stages of construction, is located 35km north-west of Addis Ababa. Cement production is planned to commence during the first half of 2014, and future development plans includes an option to double the plant’s capacity to 2.8-million tons per annum. During the initial construction phases, PPC will assist HCSCo by providing operational and technical expertise and by training plant personnel at its operations and in the PPC Academy in South Africa.One of Africa’s fastest-growing economies With a population of about 85-million, Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most populous countries, as well as one of its fastest-growing economies. Infrastructure development is high on the country’s agenda, and the government has embarked on a significant housing reform programme. “During my visits to Ethiopia I have been impressed with the professionalism of Habesha management and their advisers,” Stuiver said. “They have significant experience in the cement industry, and we have already built great relationships. “The country’s current investment plans, combined with one of the fastest growing cement demands in Africa, makes us extremely confident about the sustainability and growth of this investment.” PPC is the leading supplier of cement in southern Africa, with eight cement manufacturing facilities and three milling depots in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe with total capacity of eight million tons cement annually. PPC also produces aggregates, metallurgical-grade lime, burnt dolomite and limestone, and exports cement and lime to various African countries. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillAre there military programs on base that can help expectant parents budget for their new baby?Yes. Many military branches offer free financial classes for expectant parents.The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) hosts the Budget for Baby Program through the help of a network of volunteers. Topics are centered around the family budget and the impact of the child’s birth on a family’s budget, the importance of a will, and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage for the newborn. After completing the course, parents receive a complimentary layette (coordinated set of bedding and clothing, a baby book, and a handmade gift from a society volunteer).In addition to the Budget for Baby Program, the Marine Corps hosts a New Parent Support Program. The program provides parenting classes, referrals, home visits, play morning, and mom/dad basic training boot camp. The New Parent Support Program is complimentary and supplies valuable information to Marine Corps families with children from birth through age five.The Navy offers a New Parent Support Program which provides classes for military families with children. The programs offered include prenatal services, resources, new baby bulletin, and nurture parenting. In addition, the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is open to all military branches, and families are assessed to determine whether they need help managing the demands of a new baby with at-home visits. The home visits help military families cope with stress and nurture children to promote growth and development.The Air Force Aid Society has a Bundles for Babies complimentary course for active duty members. After completing the course, service members receive a complimentary layette from the Gerber Company (booties, bibs, bath set, coordinated set of bedding, etc.). Classes are not limited to first-time parents and are open to all ranks. The class provides financial information which focuses on budgeting for the new baby from conception through college.The Army offers a New Parent Support Program free of charge to soldiers and family members expecting a child or with children from birth to age three. The program provides parenting classes, home visits, play groups, resources, and other activities.Also refer to Military OneSource to locate the New Parent Support Program on various military installations. Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on October 21, 2013last_img read more

PBA: Phoenix survives TNT in OT for early lead at 2-0

first_imgExplosive KOs highlight prelims of ONE Jakarta card MOST READ Michael Miranda had a chance to win it for KaTropa in regulation, but his wide-open triple from the right side was just a tad too strong.The Fuel Masters to be on a roll against teams that denied them a playoff runs in 2018. They handed Meralco, their tormentors in the Governors Cup quarterfinals last year, a heart-breaking loss in the opening week before frustrating the KaTropa, who knocked them out of playoff contention in the all-Filipino contest.The FuelMasters now sit atop of the conference with a 2-0 card, but Alas prefers not to get too high on the pair of victories.“We’re very happy with this win, but if we go 3-0, I think we’ll be happier since our upcoming assignment is coming off a great win,” he said.Phoenix will try to notch a third win at the expense of Columbian, which opened its conference with a stunning win over San Miguel Beer on Friday, this coming Wednesday at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TNT moves on to face sister team NLEX on the same playdate in a battle of winless squads.“We’re supposed to practice on Sunday but I’m calling it off. They deserve to rest,” Alas closed. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Matthew Wright leads Fuel Masters’ fight anew. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Phoenix Pulse shored up its drive for a lofty standing in the Philippine Cup after turning back TNT in overtime, 93-84, in the cardiac nightcap of Saturday’s PBA Philippine Cup action at Ynares Center here.Matthew Wright led the way for the FuelMasters with 23 points to go with the double-double of last season’s Rookie of the Year Jason Perkins who registered 11 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Two more members of Louie Alas-mentored squad tossed in double-digit contributions—Alex Mallari had 15 while Calvin Abueva 14—to add to TNT’s woes and spoil Roger Pogoy’s career performance.“Two OTs in two games,” said Louie Alas as he heaved a sigh of relief. “But more than the win, [I’m happy] with the experience to play a close game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Last conference, we lose in such games. This affords very, very good experience to us,” he added.Pogoy paced TNT with 30 markers and 12 boards as veteran Jayson Castro chimed in 18 points to keep Phoenix within striking range. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoAbraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villa

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Abraham informs Chelsea he wants to leave Aston Villaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham wants to leave Aston Villa this month.The Sun says the England striker can return from Aston Villa this month in the terms of his season-long move to the Championship side.And the Chelsea striker has attracted interest from top-flight clubs looking to boost their attack in the second half of the season.Abraham, 21, will be targeted by the clubs who missed out on Dominic Solanke, who is poised to join Crystal Palace.Both young Three Lions strikers have been on the radar for Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Brighton and Fulham.Moving away from Villa will be a blow to Dean Smith’s promotion hopes, with the club five points off the play-offs.It will also put Smith in the market for a replacement in attack for the second half of the season. last_img read more

Kansas State Police Asking For Help To Identify Fan Who Bumped Jamari Traylor

first_imgKansas State fan bumps Kansas's Jamari TraylorTwitter/K-StateKansas State scored a huge rivalry victory last night over Kansas, but unfortunately, much of the focus following the game has centered on the lack of security during the subsequent court-storming. While most Wildcats fans were respectful of their opponent in celebration, a few went overboard. One, in particular, is going to be in some serious trouble as a result.Kansas State police are asking followers on Twitter if they can help in identifying which fan purposely bumped KU player Jamari Traylor. It’s safe to say that someone is going to know the answer.K-State Police would like help identifying this fan. Send a tip at or call 532-6412— K-State Police (@KStatePolice) February 24, 2015Here’s video of the incident, if you haven’t seen it.Not cool. Rushing the court after a huge win is an amazing experience, but you have to remember, the players on the opposition have done nothing to you. Let’s hope this doesn’t become a trend.last_img read more

Memphis Set To Honor Former Basketball Coach John Calipari In Late December

first_imgJohn Calipari hanging out with Derrick Rose.Twitter/@basketballtalkThis one might get a little bit awkward. This afternoon, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Russ announced that the school will be honoring former head basketball coach John Calipari this December. Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach @UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) September 9, 2015From 2001-2009, Calipari was extremely successful with the Tigers. The program went 252-69 under Calipari, reaching the Elite Eight three times and losing in the national championship in 2007-08. Of course, that season, in which the Tigers went 38-1, was vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose’s SAT score. By the time the NCAA made its ruling, Calipari had already taken the job at Kentucky.Calipari has a major hand in turning Memphis into a nationally relevant program, but his departure has definitely rubbed many Tigers fans the wrong way. We’re very interested to see what type of reaction the fan base has in December.last_img read more

Taylor Decker Tweets At Jaylon Smith, Says He’d Never Try To Injure Another Player

first_imgDetroit Lions offensive lineman Taylor DeckerBALTIMORE, MD – DECEMBER 3: Offensive tackle Taylor Decker #68 of the Detroit Lions looks on from the bench against the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium on December 3, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame’s star junior linebacker, suffered what looked like a devastating leg injury during today’s Fiesta Bowl loss to Ohio State. Smith injured himself trying to regain his balance after taking a shove from Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker near the end of the play. Some thought Decker committed a cheap shot, considering Smith wasn’t near the ball and the play was basically over. However, the veteran lineman took to Twitter a little while ago to clarify what happened. Decker tweeted at Smith, saying he’d never try to injure another player and didn’t intend to put him at risk. @JaeeSmiff9ENT— Taylor Decker (@TDeck68) January 2, 2016This is a very classy move on Decker’s part. The play didn’t look malicious, even if the two players were engaged away from the ball.last_img read more


first_imgTwo weeks post the World Cup, England was almost caught daydreaming at Lords. Ahead of the Ashes, England was scheduled to play a one-off test against Ireland. To their surprise, they were bowled out for a mere 85 in the first innings. They did eventually manage to win the Test by 143 runs, but England should not let the World Cup high get the better of them against the mighty Aussies. Australia thrashed England 4-0 the last time these two teams played for the Ashes in 2017. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhA 6-inch trophy to fight for – the Ashes is one of the smallest cricket trophies yet a historic one. Australia and England first played against each other back in 1877 but the rivalry started five years later. In 1882, chasing a paltry 84 runs to victory, England was destroyed by the pace of Fred Spofforth and was bowled out for 77 – marking the first defeat on home soil since playing the sport from 1739. The very next day, a British daily, The Sporting Times, published a satirical obituary in regard to the demise of English Cricket. It read, “The body will be cremated and the ashes will be taken to Australia.” Following that, various media published obituaries on the same lines. Ahead of the 1982-83 tour of Australia, Ivo Bligh promised that as England’s captain he would “recover those Ashes”. The English media dubbed the tour as England’s quest to regain the Ashes. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later England went on to win the series 2-1, thus marking the beginning of the Ashes. After the victory, Bligh was presented a small urn with the ashes of a wooden bail by a few women from Melbourne including the Countess of Darnley, Florence Morphy. The urn has never been the official trophy as it was a personal gift. But replicas of the urn are held aloft by the victorious team. Thereafter, England went on to win eight consecutive Ashes series. Australia managed to get the better of the English team in their ninth attempt – winning their first Ashes series in 1892. The rivalry kept on growing to great boundaries. In the 1932 series, Australia had the great Don Bradman in their armoury. To counter the threat of the great batsman, English bowlers developed the ‘bodyline’ technique that won them the series – a technique when balls were bowled towards a batsman’s body expecting the ball to deflect off the bat while the batsman tries to defend the ball. In modern context, this might not make sense, but during that time, cricket was in a phase when protective gears were not developed. In a game that was supposed to uphold gentlemanly traditions, England’s tactics were considered intimidating and physically threatening. Over time, several of the Laws of Cricket were changed to render the bodyline technique less effective. Buoyed by Bradman’s batting, Australia came back to retain the Ashes in the next series. Thus began a six series unbeaten streak spanning over 19 years. The rivalry had now shifted powers and Australia eventually gained the nickname, “The Invincibles”. From the 1999 series, a Waterford Crystal representation of the urn has remained the trophy for the Ashes series. The original urn remains at the Marylebone Cricket Club Museum in Lord’s – the home of cricket. As we go into the 2019 series, a lot has changed over the last century. The rules have changed, but the series stills hold a prominent place in the heart of Australian, English as well as neutral cricket fans. Both teams would go into the series on even terms with all boxes checked. England managed to turn fortunes in the World Cup with grit and determination. A rejuvenated England will begin their quest to regain the Ashes from August 1. Aug 1- Aug 5, 1st Test Edgbaston, Birmingham Aug 14 – Aug 18, 2nd Test Lord’s, London Aug 22 – Aug 26, 3rd Test Headingley, Leeds Sep 4- Sep 8, 4th Test Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester Sep 12 – Sep 16, 5th Test Kennington Oval, Londonlast_img read more