Friday, November 25, 2016

Penang Sky Cab: Penang set to have 3km-long cable car system linking island, mainland

GEORGE TOWN: Penang is a step closer to having a cable car system traversing the channel between the island and the mainland, as the project has received a nod from the Department of Environment (DoE). 

State Public Works, Utility and Transportation Committee chairman Lim Hock Seng said the DoE has granted its approval for a detailed environment impact assessment (DEIA) and the project developer, Malaysian Resources Corp Bhd (MRCB), will draught a detailed design plan. 

"The design (for the 3-km link) will involve pylon positioning for cabling structure and landing points on the island and the mainland for the cable car. 

"The project – named the Penang Sky Cab – is on track for completion in 2018," Lim said yesterday, adding that the project is a state government-initiated undertaking led by MRCB. 

He said the design plan is expected to be drawn up in phases over the next year, adding that DEIA approval was granted on Sept 2. 

MRCB, via its wholly-owned unit Penang Sentral Sdn Bhd (PSSB), is undertaking a detailed study to determine the functionalities and design parameters of a proposed light rail transport service, or Sky Cab, linking the island and the mainland. 

The Penang Sky Cab cable car system will connect Penang Sentral in Butterworth with Gat Lebuh Noordin on the island. 

It will serve as an aerial link across the Penang channel and decrease dependence on automobiles. 

The proposed 3-km link is expected to cater to 1,000 passengers per hour, per direction.

*Taken from NST Online

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Yunalis Zara'ai: Who's that girl? Yuna featured on NASDAQ Billboard in New York's Times Square

KUALA LUMPUR: Singer-songwriter Yunalis Zara'ai is flying the Malaysian flag high in the United States, with her image emblazoned on the NASDAQ Billboard at the NASDAQ tower in the middle of New York's Times Square. 

The 30-year-old songstress revealed the exciting news through Twitter earlier today when she tweeted: "Your Kedah-born girl just went up on the @NASDAQ billboard in Times Square New York today." 

The singer couldn't contain her excitement on the news when she met the media today at the launch event of YunaForLosravelda at Glasshouse Seputeh here. 

Yuna collaborated with LosraVelda, a local fashion brand to design a collection of colourful, pastel scarves. 

“Alhamdullilah, I believe this is my rezeki after the release of my album Chapters last May. I've been working hard in the US for five years now and so to see my face up on the NASDAQ billboard makes it all worthwhile," she added. 

NASDAQ is an American stock exchange company. 

"Every month, the billboard will feature artistes to promote their music, so this month it's my turn," she added. 

Their large electronic billboard has also previously featured artistes such as American duo, The Chainsmokers.

*Taken from NST Online

Mohd Faiz Subri: Messi, Neymar, Faiz go for FIFA award

ZURICH: Lionel Messi, Neymar and a Johan Cruyff-style turn from Hal Robson-Kanu are among 10 candidates to win the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year. 

Messi has been nominated for a curling, left-footed free kick for Argentina against the United States in a Copa America Centenario semifinal match in June. 

Neymar turned to volley a right-footed shot from his own looping flick for Barcelona against Villarreal in November 2015. The Brazil forward previously won the 2011 Puskas Award for a goal scored for Santos. 

Wales beat heavily favored Belgium in a European Championship quarterfinal in July, taking the lead when Robson-Kanu created space by misdirecting three defenders with a deft Cruyff turn. 

FIFA said an online vote until Dec. 2 will create a shortlist of three goals. A second round of voting will decide the winner at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony in Zurich on Jan. 9. 

The 10 goals were scored between Sept. 30, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. 

They include Saul Niguez’s solo dribble for Atletico Madrid through the Bayern Munich defense in a Champions League semifinal in April.

From inside his own half, Hlompho Kekana scored for South Africa against Cameroon in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in March. 

A diving back-heel flick by Simon Skrabb scored in a Swedish league game for Atvidaberg against Gefle in October 2015.

The other candidates are: Mario Gaspar (for Spain vs. England, friendly, November 2015); Marlone (for Corinthians vs. Cobresal, Copa Libertadores, April 2016); Daniuska Rodriguez (for Venezuela vs. Colombia, South American Women’s Under-17 Championship, March 2016); Mohd Faiz Subri (for Penang vs. Pahang, Malaysia Super League, February 2016).

*Taken from NST Online
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