Friday, April 14, 2017

Pocket Rocketman: World title in Azizulhasni's Pocket

PETALING JAYA: What an incredible ride to the top. ‘Pocket Rocketman’ Azizulhasni Awang finally claimed the rainbow jersey (winner’s jersey) he had been eyeing the whole of his illustrious career with a stunning display of speed in the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong.

The 29-year-old timed his last sprint to perfection to win the keirin final last night by a comfortable margin to create history for Malaysia.

Azizul finished ahead of in-form Colombian Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata and Czech Babek Thomas to become the new world champion for men’s keirin.

He is also Malaysia’s first world champion athlete in an Olympic sport.

The Rio Olympic bronze medallist rider was the only Asian to reach the top-six final and he gave little indication of his form when he earned his ticket earlier.

Azizul only finished third behind reigning Commonwealth Games champion Matthew Glaetzer of Australia and Thomas, a two-time World Cup winner this season in the second round heat.

He had earlier finished second in his first round heat behind Zapata to earn an automatic ticket to the second round.

Team-mate Muhd Shah Firdaus Sahrom’s debut in the world meet ended when he failed to win the repechage.

Shah Firdaus, who had won his first Track World Cup medal - a bronze - in the final leg in Los Angeles, United States was beaten by reigning world champion Joachim Eilers of Germany to a place in the second round.

Shah Firdaus needed to ride the repechage after he finished third in his first round heat earlier.

But it mattered little as Azizul saved his best for the final and the coveted rainbow jersey prize.

“For 10 years I have been trying to become the world champion. I came close before, losing by just a fingertip to Chris Hoy when I was starting out (in the 2010 edition in Copenhaagen, Denmark).

“I was disappointed but I told myself not to give up and keep trying as I know I can do it.

“Alhamdullilah, I am finally the world champion. I thank all Malaysians who watched and prayed for my success,” said Azizul, who showed his delight by carrying his bicycle in the air once the official results were flashed.

Azizul previously had four World Championships medals in his collection since his debut in 2008.

He rode to a silver in the 2009 edition in Pruszkow, Poland, in the sprint and grabbed another silver in keirin in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2010.

He was back on the podium for keirin when he bagged a bronze in Paris, France, in 2015. He repeated the feat in his pet event in London last year.

*Taken from The Star Online

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Google Doodle today honours P. Ramlee

PETALING JAYA: Today’s Google Doodle highlights Malaysian legend P. Ramlee’s diverse artistry that transcended the entertainment scene and won the people’s hearts. It shows him as people best remember him — sporting a thin moustache and a checkered suit, his head cocked slightly to the side. 
The Penang-born icon is holding a film script in his left hand and a megaphone in his right while a guitar leans casually against the director’s chair that he sits on. 
Born 88 years ago today, P. Ramlee’s artistic achievements left an indelible mark on the cultural history of Malaysia.
P. Ramlee was a prolific actor, director, writer, and musician who contributed to more than 60 films like Bujang Lapok  and Ibu Mertua Ku. He also composed around 250 songs, including the evergreen Getaran Jiwa.
After his death in 1973, Malaysians kept his legacy alive, honouring him with posthumous awards and naming halls, museums, and other buildings after him.
P. Ramlee was the recipient of various awards at the Asian Film Festival, including Best Male Actor (Anakku Sazali, 1957), Best Comedy (Madu Tiga, 1964; Nujum Pak Belalang, 1960; Pendekar Bujang Lapok, 1959) and Best Musical Score (Hang Tuah, 1956) just to name a few.
He died from a heart attack at 44 and is buried at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery, in Kuala Lumpur.
*Taken from The Star Online

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Maybank offers female staff up to one-year maternity leave

KUALA LUMPUR: Maybank today announced that it will offer extended maternity leave of up to 365 days for eligible female employees within the group with immediate effect.

This makes Maybank the first bank in the country to offer such a maternity leave benefit for its employees.

Maybank Group Chief Human Capital Officer, Nora Manaf, who announced this during the Group’s International Women’s Day 2017 celebration in Menara Maybank, said the enhanced benefit was made after a holistic review of the people policies and programmes currently being offered within the group.

The enhanced maternity leave policy allows eligible female employees to extend their maternity leave for up to 365 days in total from the start of their leave, with variable pay.

In addition to the existing 90-day maternity leave with full pay, the new policy allows an employee to apply for an additional maternity leave period of three months with half-pay, and a further six months with no pay.

“The enhancement to the existing 90-days Maternity Leave Policy is yet another feature of our commitment to the bank’s diversity and inclusion agenda and in line with our continuous efforts to humanise people management,” said Nora.

“As a caring and inclusive organisation that always champions family-friendly initiatives and work-life integration, this policy presents an opportunity for our female employees to cope with the demands of their new born child and motherhood, while finding the balance to juggle work and life before returning to, and performing effectively, in their roles in the workplace.”

She added that the extended maternity leave period will not constitute a break in an employee’s employment, and will also see the employee being provided with medical and insurance coverage in accordance with her benefit grade.

Maybank has, over the years, continued to introduce innovative solutions to create an enabling workplace environment to benefit its employees, including female employees.

These include the Flexi Work Arrangement policy, family friendly benefits, Maybank Tiger Child Care Centre, lactation rooms, gymnasium for women, and various other health & wellness programmes.

In 2014, Maybank also introduced the Women Mentor Women (WMW) Council aimed at increasing the representation of women in the middle, senior and top management. The council consists of 13 women from across the group that are able to draw on their professional experience and network to support the council’s initiatives.

In addition to the extended maternity leave policy, Maybank has also rolled out a Sabbatical Leave policy for all its staff. Under the policy, eligible employees are allowed to take a career break for a minimum duration of three months to a maximum of 24 months, with the guarantee and comfort of returning to work.

“During the period of no-pay Sabbatical Leave, employees will continue to enjoy certain benefits such as medical and insurance coverage up to a certain period of time,” said Nora.

At the International Women’s Day Celebration, Maybank organised a forum titled ‘Be Bold for Change’ with special panelists including Maybank Board Member, Datuk Mohaiyani Shamsudin; Nora Manaf; Andrew Chan, Sustainability and Climate Change Leader of PriceWaterhouseCoopers; Nawal Jes, Founder of Nawal Jes Shoes and Zeffri Yusof, Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Google Malaysia.

The aim of the discussion was to raise awareness on gender parity as well as to empower women employees especially, to take charge of their lives to achieve greater success – in both the personal and professional spheres.

*Taken from NST Online