Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Flights from RM9 on Malindo

PETALING JAYA: The Malindo Travel Fair is back, offering low fares to some 28 destinations.

The promotion is valid from Monday till Sept 11 for travel between Aug 29, 2016 and Apr 30, 2017.
Among the offers are flights to Medan from RM9, and flights to Bangkok and Hong Kong from RM69 and RM149, respectively.
Prices include in-flight entertainment, extra legroom, baggage allowance, in-flight meals and on board WiFi. Malindo also offers a full service business class.
For more information visit www.malindoair.com

-thestar online.

Monday, August 29, 2016

DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team Ready To Battle In Britain

Northamptonshire, Great Britain – Monday 29th August

Circuit: Silverstone
Circuit Length: 5.9 km
This weekend the MotoGP paddock returns to the prestigious Silverstone Circuit for round twelve of the Championship.
The historic motorsport venue holds good memories for the DRIVE M7 SIC Racing Team following Jakub Kornfeil’s heroic second place finish in last year’s British Grand Prix; marking the team’s first podium finish of 2015.
This second half of the season will see the Czech rider perform at some of his strongest circuits on the Calendar and following his success last year, Kornfeil is hopeful that Silverstone could be the track to upturn his fortunes once again
Feeling confident and hungry to claim his first ever victory in Moto3, Kornfeil is determined to set the positive momentum rolling with a strong result this weekend.
Continuing to learn and develop in his rookie year, teammate Adam Norrodin has his sights firmly set on improving his race results. Having acknowledged his need to further develop his riding style, the young Malaysian man is eager to prove his ability with a solid finish at the British Circuit.
#84 Jakub Kornfeil
“I’m really looking forward to the British Grand Prix this year; I have good memories from Silverstone. My favourite part of the track is after the long straight (the third sector), where there is a right-hand corner, a short straight and then a chicane going left and right; it’s a beautiful part to ride! I also like the very last section of the track leading up to the start/finish.
I think the Honda will be especially competitive in the fast corners and in general I think this circuit can be good for us. I feel very optimistic about this weekend. We have a strong gear box and the speed of our bike in the last two races has been very good, so I’m excited. After Austria my crew chief and I talked a lot about improving our qualifying and we did this well in Brno, so I hope to do the same again. It’s so important to start from the first three rows at Silverstone because the track is so long. If we can do this we can definitely go with the first group in the race and fight for a top five result; this is the plan and this is what we will be pushing for!”
#7 Adam Norrodin
“I’ve never been to Silverstone before, so it’s another new track for me to learn. From what I’ve seen of it on television, I’m confident I can do this quite quickly and be up to speed in second practice. It looks like a very fast track but this should be good for us because our bike has good speed. It’s going to require a lot of confidence to be fast at Silverstone but I like riding fast corners, so I’m looking forward to getting on track.
My riding has improved a lot since Qatar but for sure it’s still not perfect. I have made mistakes but I am continuing to learn from them. My aim at Silverstone is to study the stronger riders more and adapt my style. I need to be smoother and focus harder on my position on the bike.
The team and my crew chief are helping me so much to understand more and step by step I am making progress. Race by race I know I am improving but I need to show this in my results. I hope at Silverstone we can take the next step and make a better job; this is what we will be focussing on. I feel fresh in the head for this next race and I’m ready to work hard.”

-SIC Racing Team facebook.
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Kini jadi destinasi pelancongan antarabangsa - Pulau Sembilan makin dikenali di serata dunia

BAGAN DATOH 28 Ogos - Pulau Sembilan di per­airan Selat Melaka dekat sini berpotensi untuk menjadi destinasi pelancongan bertaraf dunia.

Ia terdiri daripada gugusan sembilan pulau kecil iaitu Pulau Agas, Pulau Lalang, Pulau Saga, Pulau Nipis, Pulau Rumbia, Pulau Payong, Pulau Buluh, Pulau Batu Putih dan Pulau Batu Hitam.

Terletak 18 kilometer dari Bagan Datoh dan 21 kilometer dari Lumut, pulau itu juga di­sifatkan syurga bagi penggemar penyelam skuba.

Baru-baru ini, Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Dr. Zambry Abd. Kadir mengumumkan Pulau Sembilan yang sebelum ini di bawah daerah Manjung, kini diletakkan di bawah pentad­biran daerah baharu iaitu Bagan Datoh.

Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Be­lia, Sukan, Komunikasi dan Multimedia negeri, Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya berkata, Pulau Sembilan memiliki kein­dahan alam semula jadi, keindahan pantai dan kaya dengan pelbagai spesies ikan.

Menurut beliau, ini menjadikan pulau tidak berpenghun itu berpotensi besar untuk menjadi destinasi pelancongan bertaraf dunia.

Beliau yang juga Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Rungkup berkata, kerajaan ne­geri sememangnya memberikan perhatian terhadap usaha mempromosikan Pulau Sembilan da­lam peta pelancongan dunia.

Katanya, untuk itu beberapa pendekatan akan dilaksanakan namun memelihara kehijauan dan keindahan semula jadi pulau tersebut tetap menjadi ke­utamaan.

“Selain keindahan semula jadi, Pulau Sembilan dilingkungi kawasan perairan yang jernih, kaya dengan pelbagai spesis ikan yang digemari pelancong.
“Jumlah kedatangan pelancong meningkat setiap kali musim cuti.

“Kita akan memastikan ke­datangan pelancong tidak men­cemarkan keindahan pantai, alam semula jadi dan kawasan perairannya,” katanya.

Menurut Shahrul Zaman, untuk memastikan pencemaran tidak berlaku, semua agensi pelancong yang mahu membawa pelancong ke pulau tersebut dikehehendaki mendapatkan kebenaran terlebih dahulu daripada pihak ber­kenaan.

Katanya, jumlah kedatangan pelancong ke pulau berkenaan me­ningkat daripada 120 orang kepada 200 orang ketika ini.

Beliau berkata, para pelancong diminta ti­dak membuang sampah untuk memelihara kebersihan dan ke­indahan semu­la jadi pulau berkaitan.

“Perak mempuyai tiga destinasi pelancongan bertaraf dunia iaitu Taman Negara Royal Belum, Pulau Pangkor dan Pulau Sembilan.

“Diharapkan Pulau Sembilan mampu menjadi pilihan pelancong dan menjadi tarikan pelancongan terbaharu di negeri ini,” katanya.

Sementara itu, pelancong yang ditemui ternyata mengakui kagum dengan keindahan semula jadi Pulau Sembilan.

Muhammad Azmudden Abdul Rahim, 31, berkata, dia tertarik dengan keindahan Pulau Sembilan yang disifatkan memiliki keunikan tersendiri yang tidak terdapat di mana-mana pulau peranginan lain.

“Pulau Sembilan perlu dimajukan lagi dengan pelbagai kemudahan se­perti chalet untuk keselesaan para pelancong,” katanya.

Saripah Abdullah, 55, ber­kata, sebelum ini dia hanya mengetahui keindahan Pulau Sembilan daripada rakan-rakan yang pernah bercuti di sini.

Menurutnya, berpandukan info menarik yang diterima, mendorong dia merancang sejak lebih dua tahun lalu bagi menjejakkan kaki ke pulau ini yang terbukti menarik.

“Saya sangat gembira kerana akhirnya dapat datang ke sini. Keindahan pulau ini seperti yang diceritakan oleh rakan-rakan.

“Jika pulau ini mempunyai kemudahan chalet, ia tentunya lebih menarik kerana kini pelancong terpaksa bermalam di dalam khemah,” katanya.

-utusan online.

The Charms Of Penang Await Participants Of The World Tourism Conference 2016

PUTRAJAYA, 24 August 2016 – Penang, ranked 4th in Lonely Planet's Top 10 Cities list for Best in Travel 2016, will be the fourth state in Malaysia to host the World Tourism Conference 2016 (WTC 2016) from 17 to 19 October 2016 after Melaka (2013), Kota Kinabalu (2010) and Kuala Lumpur (2007).

Listed as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 2008, George Town in Penang was aptly chosen as the venue for WTC 2016. This capital city of Penang pulsates with life and receives many visitors from all over the world who wish to experience its unique architectural and cultural townscape, which is without parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia. It also offers everything for a successful meeting, incentive, conference and exhibition.
There is no shortage of quality hotels and holiday resorts in Penang either, allowing participants the convenience of staying in the same location as the conference. Penang as a whole is a compact island, just under 300 kilometers square, which makes the island such an attractive destination as it is easy to get from one place to another. Year-round sunshine makes Penang a favourite location to combine social events or outdoor activities with a conference or business meeting.
This diverse island offers something for everyone, be it cultural heritage, natural environment or man-made entertainments.
Among the latest attractions in Penang include:
  • The Skyway on Penang Hill, a newly-built observation deck that enhances the hilltop forest experience;
  • Entopia (formerly known as the Penang Butterfly Farm), which will become the world’s first butterfly, dragonfly and firefly sanctuary park when it is fully completed in 2018.Its phase one which consists of the butterfly and dragonfly sanctuary as well as an indoor invertebrates discovery centre has been open to public since May 2016;
  • The Habitat in Penang Hill, which provides a wide range attractions to explore like the Nature Trail, Canopy Walk, Tree Top Walk, Red Garden, Butterfly Bank, Yellow Garden, Purple Garden, Ginger Grove and Fragrant Garden.
Rapid Penang CAT, which is a free shuttle bus service that ply the streets of George Town.
WTC 2016 is expected to bring together world leaders in tourism, high-level policy makers, specialists and experts from the public and private sectors, academicians and media representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge as well as share experiences to enhance tourism development further.
The conference is exclusively organised by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of Malaysia, in collaboration with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). Registration fee is not required for those who are interested to participate in the conference.
For further information and registration, please visit the conference’s official website at http://www.wtc2016malaysia.com. Any enquiries can be addressed to the Secretariat via email at wtc2016@motac.gov.my.

-Tourism Malaysia.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Taiping Has Unique Features To Hold Prestigious Events - Nazri

Kenyan runner Thomas Muli received a medal and RM800 in cash as champion
of the Raintown Half Marathon from Datuk Mohammad Zahir
TAIPING, Aug 28 (Bernama) -- Taiping has special uniqueness and attractions to hold prestigious events like the Raintown Half Marathon to draw visitors, said Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

He said the organising of such an event which attracted up to 4,000 participants could help boost tourism here and generate income for the local residents.

"The participants most probably come with their families and would spend on accommodation, shopping including for souvenirs, and on food and beverages.

"Such a situation is good for promoting Taiping as a tourist destination and boosting the local economy," he said at the closing of the Raintown Half Marathon at Dataran Warisan Taiping, here, today.

The text of his speech was read out by state Industry, Investment and Corridor Development Committee chairman Datuk Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid.

"Taiping has 23 tourism products for people to visit and 10 types of food that are iconic to the town," Nazri said.

He hoped that the Perak government and other tourism entities like Tourism Perak, Destination Perak and Tourism Malaysia Perak could give continuous support and assistance to the organising of exciting activities in Taipung.

The Raintown Half Marathon was divided into seven categories including the 21km men's open, which was won by Kenyan runner Thomas Muli who received a medal and RM800 in cash.


Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Live in KL 2016 ( 24 September 2016 )

After spending the past year touring around the world, Postmodern Jukebox (PMJ) are returning to Kuala Lumpur for another spectacular show and we are all jazz-hands-excited! Scott Bradlee, being the leader of the pack has transformed the face of YouTube along with his band of talented musicians capturing a whopping 2 million subscribers since they first appeared on the scene in 2008.

Their videos have gained 300 million views since last year alone, totalling more than 500 million views to date. Together with several American Idol alumni members and outstanding vocalists, PMJ has produced numerous viral videos and have won over fans all over the globe. On top of that, their live shows are really one of a kind. Highly entertaining, full of energy and a whole lot of fun! Trust us, you do not want to miss this!

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Live in KL will be held on September 24th at KL Live.



KL copter tour launched

KUALA LUMPUR: Now you can take to the skies of Kuala Lumpur following the launch of a helicopter tour of the city.

Called the KL Sky Tour and operated by Cempaka Heli­copters in collaboration with the City Hall and the Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau, the flights take off from a helipad at Tasik Titiwangsa.
The service was launched by Transport Ministry special adviser Tan Sri M. Kayveas and Deputy Federal Territories Minister Senator Datuk Loga Bala Mohan.
Among those who attended the launch were Cempaka Helicopters chairman Datuk Zakaria Abdul Rahman and executive director Datuk James Ashley Greaves.
Greaves pointed out that the helicopter tour was unmatched for a city tour compared to any other helicopter tours around the world as not only were there city skylines, there were mountains and jungles all only minutes away by air.“We thank City Hall for providing this great location for the helipad,” said Zakaria.
The shortest ride lasts six minutes and includes all the iconic landmarks of Kuala Lumpur but there are also rides of 15, 30 and 45 minutes for those with greater spending power, the longest of which goes all the way to Genting Highlands and back.
Prices start from RM198 not including GST but a flight needs a minimum of three people.
Cempaka Helicopters is already operating aerial tours around Langkawi but there are plans to expand the network to cover more destinations in Peninsular Malaysia.
The tours are open for bookings at www.klskytour.com.

-thestar online.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016 @ Sepang International Circuit ( 28 ~ 30 October 2016 )

Held on 28-30 October 2016, just 4 weeks after the Malaysia F1 Grand Prix, the two biggest international motorsports events make for a high adrenaline October in Malaysia. Fans can expect an even bigger and better Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2016, with passionate rivalry on the track and a spectacular motocarnival for passionate two-wheel motorsports enthusiasts off the track.

With more than 100 booths, the motocarnival offers just about everything a fan could want. MotoGP race week, arguably the best two-wheel motorsports festival in Southeast Asia, extends across the Klang Valley, with off-track entertainment, fan engagement with riders and other exciting activities. Local fans will definitely want to root for Adam Norrodin, who is making his Malaysia MotoGP debut as a SIC Racing team rookie, and not forgetting, cheer on national favourites Hafizh Syahrin in the Moto 2 category and Khairul Idham Pawi in Moto 3 category.

Get your tickets from:
Online at www.AirAsiaRedtix.com

-AirAsia RedTix.

The Colours Of Malaysia Presented By The Malaysia Traditional Orchestra @ MaTiC Kuala Lumpur ( 2 ~ 3 September 2016 )

-Matic MY facebook.

Potensi majukan sektor pelancongan kecantikan dan kesihatan

MELAKA 25 Ogos – Kepakaran pa­ra penyelidik tempatan serta per­sekitaran semula jadi menjadikan Malaysia antara destinasi paling sesuai untuk pembangunan sektor pelanco­ngan kecantikan dan kesihatan.

Ketua Menteri, Datuk Seri Idris Haron berkata, negara ini mempunyai segala yang diperlukan da­lam menjadikan sektor tersebut lebih berkembang maju serta mampu memberi pulangan ekonomi.

Menurutnya, kesejahteraan dan kecantikan asli negara ini yang menyediakan latar belakang semula jadi sesuai dijadikan spa tradisional, pusat kecantikan dan kesihatan serta pusat pakar yang menggabungkan rawatan kecantikan kesihatan dengan elemen pelancongan.

“Pelancongan kecantikan dan kesihatan mampu menjadi sektor yang dinamik serta berpotensi menyumbang kepada ekonomi negara selain menggalakkan gaya hidup sihat di kalangan masyarakat.

“Jika sektor ini menggabungkan pengetahuan tradisional dengan teknologi yang diperolehi daripada usaha kajian dan pembangunan (R&D), saya yakin ia akan menggerakkan negara ke satu tahap seterusnya menjadikan Malaysia sebagai destinasi terbaik pelanco­ngan kecantikan dan kesihatan kepada pelancong mahupun rakyat tempatan,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika merasmikan Persidangan Antarabangsa Bioteknologi Industri Kecantikan dan Kesihatan (ICBWI) ke­enam di sini baru-baru ini.

Teks ucapan beliau di­bacakan Pengerusi Ja­­watankuasa Pelajaran, Pengajian Tinggi, Sains dan Teknologi, Teknologi Hijau dan I­novasi negeri, Datuk Md. Yunos Husin.

Yang turut hadir, Tim­­balan Pengerusi Ja­­­watankuasa Pelajaran, Pengajian Tinggi, Sains dan Teknologi, Teknologi Hijau dan Inovasi negeri, Datuk Md. Rawi Mahmud dan Pengerusi ICBWI, Prof. Dr. Moha­mad Roji Sarmidi.

Idris berkata, pengkomersialan hasil R&D oleh penyelidik negara seterusnya dapat memberi faedah terus kepada negara dan kerjasama yang dijalankan dalam bidang tersebut amat penting bagi menghasilkan produk berkesan yang dapat memenuhi ke­perluan pasaran.

Katanya, bidang-bidang seperti kosmeseutikal, nutraseutikal dan nutrikosmetik me­rupakan segmen industri kecantikan dan kesihatan yang sedang berkembang maju di seluruh dunia.

“Sehubungan itu, trend terbaharu dalam kajian yang mempromosikan produksi nutrisi makanan, pertanian, kosmetik berkesan dan selamat perlu diberi penekanan dan dikongsikan agar dapat memberi faedah kepada semua,” katanya.

Sementara itu tambah beliau, persidangan itu merupakan langkah terbaik dalam memastikan perkongsian idea dan kepakaran dalam bidang berkenaan terutamanya berkaitan teknologi.

Penganjuran ICBWI ini juga, katanya, adalah usaha bijak untuk mempromosikan kecantik­an kesihatan yang kelak dapat membantu mengurangkan kos penjagaan kesihatan di kalangan masyarakat negara ini.
-utusan online.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

KLGCC now known as Tournament Players Club

Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Hajah Haminah make a putt during the launch of KLGCC new name, Tournament Players Club Kuala Lumpur. - S. S. KANESAN / The Star
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club (KLGCC) have been given a new identity and will now be known as the Tournament Players Club Kuala Lumpur (TPCKL).

They successfully acquired the licensing rights as Asia’s first golf facility to join the USPGA Tour’s prestigious TPC network.
The name change is a timely boost ahead of an action-packed October where TPCKL will host the only official PGA Tour FedExCup event in South East Asia - the CIMB Classic (20-23) – and the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia (27-30).
They also hold the distinction of being the first TPC-branded facility in Asia to host a PGA Tour event.
TPCKL chairman and managing director Datuk Ir Jauhari Hamidi: “The agreement with the PGA Tour is a recognition of TPCKL’s tournament-grade golf courses, world-class facilities and services as well as commitment to excellence.
“With this new relationship, we aspire to elevate TPCKL’s status further as the number one golf club in South East Asia.”
The launch was officiated by the Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Hajah Haminah on Wednesday.
-thestar online.

SuperStar Libra to homeport in Penang throughout 2017

Star Cruises will be homeporting the SuperStar Libra in Penang from September 23 through to December 31, 2017.

It will offer three itineraries during this period, a one-night ocean cruise, and two different three-night sailings with calls at Krabi and Phuket for shore excursions.

The ship offers over 718 staterooms and amenities including a karaoke lounge, spa, gym, beauty salon, outdoor pool and an array of F&B offerings and duty-free shops.

Onboard entertainment and leisure programmes such as a magic show and themed parties are also available.

-TTG Asia.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix @ Sepang International Circuit ( 30 September ~ 2 October 2016 )

The 18th edition of the 2016 FORMULA 1 MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX is held from 30 September to 2 October 2016, the first time it has been moved in the F1 calendar for many years. Coming right after the Singapore F1 Grand Prix, the race offers a unique double F1 treat in Southeast Asia.

With an exciting cluster of events throughout the race week, including a demo run, auto carnival, fan engagement programmes with the drivers, and a spectacular post-race concert, the newly redefined F1 is not to be missed! Families looking forward to soaking up the thrills at Sepang can enjoy an improved family-friendly activities at the circuit with the ever popular X-track returning on popular demand, showcasing motorsports-themed thrills such as drifting, rallying, go-karting, ATV rides and more, for fans of all ages.


Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon makes a comeback

Participants running up to the peak in previous Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon.
KOTA KINABALU: The annual Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon, which was put on hold for one year following the June 5 earthquake in 2015, is back.

The climbathon this year promises new challenges for climbers due to the new route that was carved out after the previous trail was damaged in the quake.
Up to 120 experienced climbers are welcomed to join in this event come Oct 16.
The race will be flagged off at Kinabalu Park and runners will make their way up to the summit of the 4,095.2m-high Mt Kinabalu before descending down and crossing the finish line back at the park.
However, participants will have to use the newly opened trail located on a higher elevation, promising new challenges for runners and a breathtaking view.
For safety reasons, the race this time is only opened to qualified participants recommended by their respective national federations or have finished the race within the time limit in previous years’ Climbathon.
While casual runners may take an average of two days to scale the mountain, professional mountain runners can clock as fast as four hours.
The public is invited to witness this annual sporting event dubbed the World’s Toughest Mountain Race and cheer for runners at Malaysia’s first Unesco World Heritage Site.
Interested individuals must register before the closing date on Sept 30.
They can contact Winceslaus Gerald Autine of Sri Pelancongan Sabah Sdn Bhd at 088-232121 or email wences@sabahtourism.com, or visit the website at www.climbathon.my for more details.
-thestar online.