Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2016 FIFA Puskas Award: Penang footballer Faiz Subri wins


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PETALING JAYA: Faiz Subri is the runaway winner of the 2016 FIFA Puskas Award for his physics-defying goal in a league match last year.

The 29-year-old Penang footballer garnered nearly 60% of the votes.
Faiz received the award during the FIFA Football Awards 2016 in Zurich on Monday.

His goal received more votes than the two other short-listed goals of 24-year-old Corinthians midfielder Marlone of Brazil and 17-year-old Venezuela national women’s player Daniuska Rodriguez. 

The trio made the top-three shortlist after receiving the most number of online votes from the public from an initial list of 10 players including Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Brazilian Neymar.

Faiz’s free-kick in the 4-1 win against Pahang in a Super League match at the City Stadium on Feb 16, last year, produced a wicked swerve that goalkeeper Mohd Nasril Nourdin could only watch as the ball went into the net. 

All votes from the first round were added to the votes from the second round to find the overall winner.  

The Puskas award was established in 2009 with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Neymar among its previous winners.

*Taken from The Star

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bagan Datoh will be spelt Bagan Datuk from Jan 9

IPOH: Bagan Datuk, the new spelling for Bagan Datoh, will begin to be used at the official declaration of the new district by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Shah, on Jan 9.

Perak State Secretary Datuk Seri Abdul Puhat Mat Nayan said Thursday the decision on the spelling was made at the meeting of the State Executive Council on Nov 22.

"Government departments and agencies will have to use the new spelling in all official matters," he said.

Abdul Puhat said the historic declaration would take place at the hall of Sekolah Menengah Sains in Bagan Datoh in the presence of about 15,000 people from the district.

Bagan Datoh was officially gazetted as the 12th district of Perak on June 15 this year.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, at the Aidilfitri Malaysia Open House 2016 here in July, announced that Bagan Datoh had been upgraded to a district in an agreement between the Perak and federal governments.

*Taken from The Star Online

SMART Tunnel listed among CNN’s top 10 world's greatest tunnels


PETALING JAYA: The SMART Tunnel in Malaysia has been listed as one of the top 10 world's greatest tunnels by CNN.

The article explains that the tunnel is expected to prevent billions of dollars of possible flood damage and costs from traffic congestion in Kuala Lumpur's city centre.

Built in 2007, the SMART (stormwater management and road tunnel) project serves as storm drainage and road structure. The stormwater tunnel length runs 9.7km while the motorway tunnel length is 4km.

The tunnel, the longest in Malaysia, was built to solve the problem of flash floods in Kuala Lumpur.

The article further elaborated on the tunnel's operations, stating that it can be used in three ways. First, it acts as a road tunnel when there is no flood.

In situations where flood levels are moderate, rainwater will be diverted to the lower drainage chamber in the tunnel while the upper level of the tunnel remains open to motorists.

Finally, the tunnel will be closed to traffic during exceptionally heavy floods and is used fully for floodwaters to pass through with the use of watertight gates.

Since its opening, flood-prone areas such as Masjid Jamek, Dataran Merdeka, Leboh Ampang and Jalan Melaka have been spared from major floods.

The SMART tunnel is no stranger to international recognition. In April 2015, it was described by the United Nations as one of the most innovative projects in the world for an urban issue. (http://bit.ly/2hy69VG). In 2011, it received the UN Habitat Scroll of Honour Award for its innovative and unique management of stormwater and peak hour traffic.

Other tunnels named in the article are the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, the Channel Tunnel which links the UK and France, Eisenhower Tunnel in the USA, the Spiralen Tunnel and the Laerdal Tunnel, both in Norway, China's Guoliang Tunnel in Henan Province and Bund Sightseeing Tunnel in Shanghai, Japan's Seikan Tunnel and the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line.

*Taken from The Star Online
**Picture taken from http://smarttunnel.com.my