Scoot begins Singapore-Kuantan direct flights


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MO,3/2/2018,KUANTAN: Singapore low-cost long-haul carrier, Scoot, began direct flights between Singapore and Kuantan on Friday (Feb 2), making the Pahang capital its sixth destination in the country after Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Langkawi, Ipoh and Kuching. Pahang Tourism and Culture Committee chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Sharkar Shamsuddin said Kuantan was chosen as the airline’s latest destination due to the number of tourist attractions in the state to be visited by Singaporeans and other international travellers.

“It is learned that its (airline’s) confidence in launching the route is, among others, due to the 241,000 inbound and outbound passenger movements at the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Airport up to December last year. “We are pleased that the new route will indirectly boost the tourism industry of Pahang and the economy of its people,” he told a press conference after the Scoot inaugural flight to Pahang here Friday.

Also present were Scoot chief commercial officer Vinod Kannan, Pahang Tourism general manager Datuk Ishak Mokhtar and Tourism and Culture Ministry’s Pahang office director Datuk Idros Yahya. Scoot will fly three times a week to Kuantan, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and tickets are priced as low as RM45 one way. – Bernama



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Abdel Fattah El Sisi dijangka menang mudah Pilihan Raya Presiden Mesir Mac ini



KAHERAH: Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya Kebangsaan (NEA) Mesir umum tidak akan menerima sebarang pencalonan baharu untuk Pilihan Raya Presiden yang bakal diadakan pada Mac ini.

Berkuat kuasa serta merta bermula Sabtu NEA juga tidak akan menerima sebarang bantahan terhadap calon yang mungkin dikemukakan.

Pencalonan terakhir yang diterima NEA adalah pada Isnin lalu dari Pengerusi Parti El Ghad, Moussa Mostafa Moussa yang mendaftar di saat-saat akhir tempoh pencalonan.

Dengan penyertaan itu, Pilihan Raya Presiden Mesir yang bakal diadakan pada Mac akan menyaksikan pertembungan satu lawan satu antara Moussa dan penyandang kerusi presiden sedia ada Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

Bagi penganalisis politik, penyertaan Moussa terbabit dilihat tidak akan menjejaskan sokongan pengundi terhadap Abdel Fattah yang turut menerima sokongan padu anggota parlimen.

Dalam undian di Parlimen, Abdel Fattah menerima 549 undian berbalas 20 memihak Moussa.

“Seperti yang diketahui umum, Moussa Mostafa Moussa adalah penyokong kuat Presiden Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

“Malah dia turut menggunakan potret Abdel Fattah dalam akaun media sodialnya dan terang-terangan menyatakan sokongannya terhadap Abdel Fattah,” jelas penganalisis politik Emad Al Azraq.

Kempen Pilihan Raya Presiden akan diadakan bermula 22 Februari manakala pilihan raya diadakan pada 26 hingga 28 Mac 2018.



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Pengguna Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Melaporkan Masalah Skrin Berkelip-Kelip – Amanz


Microsoft Surface ialah jawapan Microsoft untuk menentang kebangkitan tablet. Produk bersaiz padat ini memberikan kemampuan setanding komputer riba tetapi dalam saiz setanding tablet-tablet popular di pasaran. Terkini ribuan pemilik Surface Pro 4 melaporkan masalah skrin berkelip-kelip apabila peranti menjadi panas. Ini menyebabkan laman Flickergate dibuka bagi mengumpulkan kesemua pengguna yang terjejas.

Menurut laman Flickergate, sebanyak 1600 pengguna Surface Pro 4 telah melaporkan mengalami masalah ini. Skrin berkelip-kelip apabila peranti menjadi panas. Antara penyelesaian yang dilakukan ialah memasukkan peranti ke dalam ruangan ais mesin sejuk. Majoriti pengguna kesal dengan maklum balas dari Microsoft yang dikatakan kurang memuaskan.

Antara penyelesaian yang diberikan ialah menggantikan skrin dengan kos baik pulih sekitar $800. Pengguna kini menggesa Microsoft untuk menarik semula jualan Surface Pro 4 yang bermasalah dan melakukan baik pulih secara percuma. Adakah pembaca Amanz yang pernah mengalami masalah skrin berkelip-kelip ini?



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Things You Can Do at Costco Without a Membership


Check your vision

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The opticians work independently of Costco Optical. Because your bill goes to them and not the store, you can get an eye exam without paying for a membership. But the glasses and contacts are owned by Costco, so you’ll need a membership to buy any of those. Though, you might just be tempted to sign up for one when you read these Costco shopping perks only members know about.

Pick up a prescription

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Some state laws require Costco to allow non-members to use the pharmacy. Call ahead to see if your local Costco pharmacy is open to the public, then enjoy some of the cheapest prices on medication. If your store won’t let you in, you can still fill prescriptions online without paying any non-member fees.

Use a gift card

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Even if your schedule doesn’t line up with your friend’s, a Costco member can still set you up to shop there on your own time. Anyone with a Costco Cash Card loaded with Costco money can use that card to get in and shop. Only members can buy the card, though, so you’ll need to have a friend pick it up for you. Find out more about how to use a Costco Cash Card without a membership.

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Buy alcohol

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Certain state laws, such as California’s, don’t allow clubs to refuse to sell alcohol to anyone without a membership—and yes, that includes Costco and other wholesale store memberships. Check your state laws to see if that rule applies. Then let an employee know you’re only going to buy beer, wine, or liquor, and you should be allowed in to buy your drinks (though you can’t grab anything else while you’re there). Just don’t be surprised if you end up needing to get special permission from a manager. Before you head over, learn the secret code behind Costco’s prices.

Grab something to eat

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Regardless of whether you’re there to grocery shop or hit up the food court, you’ll need a Costco membership to get in the door. If you live in a warm-weather city where the food court is outside, though, you can pick up that $1.50 hot dog-drink combo without using a Costco card. Find out which items you should never buy from Costco.

Shop online

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Buying from costco.com means the store’s cheap items will be delivered straight to your door. You don’t need to be a member to add items to your cart, but you will need to pay a 5 percent non-member fee. Do a little price comparison to make before confirming your order to make sure the price is still worth it. Don’t miss these other money-saving Costco tips.



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Najib: We won’t allow Proton to sink


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MO,3/2/2018, TANJUNG MALIM: Accusations that the Government is not interested in helping carmaker Proton are nothing but lies, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak . The Prime Minister said the Government has always been committed to Proton and has in the past few years extended a lot of help to lift Proton’s fortunes. “If people say that we don’t help Proton, then that is just lies. “We have given loans, capital injection and incentives. We made it a condition though if Proton wants to continue to develop it has no choice but to choose a strategic partner,” Najib said at the launch of the National Automotive Cluster @ Proton City here.

The project developed by DRB-Hicom Bhd will comprise of several components. They are the development of a 1Malaysia Youth City; an Edu City education hub which will be built in the future; a high-tech automotive hub that will encompass green electric car technology, the latest battery technology and artificial intelligence.

The project will also house car assembly facility for global brands and be a centre for production of cars for the export market.

 –TheStar



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Kluster Automotif Nasional @ Proton City



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Pagi ini saya menaiki ETS ke Tanjung Malim bagi merasmikan Kluster Automotif Nasional di Proton City. Alhamdulillah perjalanan cukup selesa, sempat saya bersembang dengan para penumpang lain yang turut kongsi keselesaan mereka gunakan perkhidmatan ini, malah siap minta tambahkan lagi koc dan bagi tren jalan lebih laju!

Setibanya saya di Tanjung Malim, saya dijamu sarapan istimewa antaranya gado-gado, teh tarik Tanjung Malim dan tentu sekali juadah paling terkenal di sini, pau Yik Mun. Ramai juga hadir, terima kasih sudi bersarapan bersama saya di medan selera pagi ini.

Hakikatnya, Bandar Tanjung Malim ini bandar berpotensi, cuma selama ini agak malap. Tetapi hari ini, Tanjung Malim berada di persimpangan masa depan yang cukup cerah.

Insya-Allah Tanjung Malim tidak lama lagi bukan akan terkenal dengan pau sahaja, sebaliknya bakal tersohor dengan Proton City, Kluster Automotif, Youth City dan banyak lagi. Pendek kata Bandar Tanjung Malim akan melalui proses transformasi besar dan drastik dalam masa 5 hingga 6 tahun akan datang.

Selain daripada pelan transformasi untuk Bandar Tanjung Malim menjadi salah satu bandar terkenal dan termaju dalam negara kita, Kerajaan bersama DRB-Hicom melalui Kementerian Perdagangan dan Industri turut mempunyai hasrat dan pelan untuk membolehkan Proton, sebuah jenama yang sinonim dengan negara Malaysia, menjadi tersohor di peringkat antarabangsa.

Kita telah mengkaji sejarah Proton, tanpa perasaan emosi yang sempit kita sedar bahawa keadaan yang menimpa Proton adalah disebabkan Proton berpaksi kepada semangat economic nationalisme dan bukannya business reality. Lebih parah lagi, sebelum ini terlalu banyak campur tangan politik dalam pentadbiran Proton.

Walau bagaimanapun, kita tak akan biarkan Proton tenggelam atau lenyap, Proton perlu sokongan, dokongan dan bantuan daripada Kerajaan untuk dipulihkan, dan Kerajaan pimpinan saya dan Barisan Nasional akan pulihkan semula Proton bersama dengan DRB-Hicom!

Kalau ada orang kata kita tak tolong Proton, itu adalah pendustaan sama sekali. Kita bagi pinjaman, kita bagi suntikan modal, kita bagi insentif, dan kita syaratkan bahawa kalau Proton ingin maju ke hadapan, Proton tiada pilihan melainkan memilih rakan kongsi strategik.

Kerajaan tak kira siapa, kita tidak arah Proton pilih daripada mana-mana negara atau syarikat. Sebaliknya Kerajaan mengatakan bahawa ini merupakan keputusan yang harus diambil oleh Proton dan DRB–Hicom sendiri.

Dari situ, Proton serta DRB-Hicom memilih Kumpulan Geely, sebuah syarikat automotif yang mempunyai pengalaman yang kukuh, pasaran yang luas, track record yang terbukti dan teknologi yang tinggi. Berdasarkan kepada faktor-faktor tersebut maka Geely–lah rakan kongsi paling sesuai untuk Proton.

Saya yakin keputusan itu tepat, melihat kepada Geely yang mempunyai kapasiti pengeluaran 1.5 juta setahun, memiliki jenama Volvo, selain kepakaran dan teknologi tinggi yang mereka ada dan sanggup pindahkan kepada jurutera dan pekerja Proton.

Selagi kita terus berada dalam landasan berasaskan kepada teknologi baru sebagai sebahagian daripada Revolusi Perindustrian 4.0, maka saya yakin Tanjung Malim dan Proton akan terus maju dan menempa masa depan yang cukup memberangsangkan.

Yakinlah, saya dan rakan-rakan dalam Kerajaan akan terus berusaha memastikan impian ini menjadi kenyataan.

Tetapi sebelum ia boleh jadi kenyataan, ada jambatan yang perlu kita seberang. Bangkitlah Negaraku, kita lintasi jambatan itu ke sebarang sana, dan andai kita berjaya, Insya-Allah Tanjung Malim, Proton, dan Malaysia akan terus maju dan berjaya.



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Apple Umum Program Baik-Pulih Untuk iPhone 7 Dengan Masalah Paparan Sambungan Rangkaian – Amanz


Apple kini telah mengenal-pasti sejumlah kecil iPhone 7 yang mempunyai masalah pada paparan rangkaian – dimana ia akan memaparkan “No Service” pada bar status, walaupun ketika mempunyai sambungan rangkaian selular. Apple mengatakan hal ini berlaku kerana masalah komponen pada peranti berkenaan, dan menawarkan khidmat baik-pulih untuknya.

Model yang terkesan adalah yang dijual antara September 2016 hingga Februari 2018 ini di beberapa buah negara, termasuk China, Hong Kong, Jepun, Macao, dan juga Amerika Syarikat.

Set tempatan tidak terkesan dengan masalah ini buat masa ini. Namun, sekiranya anda membeli set import untuk iPhone 7 tempoh hari (terutamanya daripada Hong Kong), maka kebarangkalian iPhone 7 anda terjejas sama adalah tinggi.



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Secrets to Survive (and Thrive) After Divorce


Focus on your reasons

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Although people divorce for questionable reasons, most are very rational about this difficult choice. It’s important to reflect on your reasons; write down a list and refer back to them when you’re feeling weak, advises Kimberly Hershenson, LMSW. Here are some of the craziest reasons people have gotten divorced

Start forgiving your ex

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As soon as possible, you should begin the process of forgiving your ex, advises Rebecca Zung, Esq, an attorney and Divorce Transformation Strategist. Holding onto the anger is like “drinking poison and thinking your ex will feel the effects,” Zung suggests.

At the same time, forgive yourself

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“Divorce inspires us to re-examine the very essence of who we are, but don’t allow your self-analysis to veer into the cruel and unforgiving,” advises Colorado clinical psychologist, Jodi J. De Luca, PhD. That includes overcoming the “archaic social stigma of being a divorced person,” she says. Forgiving yourself doesn’t mean pretending you played no role in your marriage’s demise. Rather, it means acknowledging and accepting the past, while also staying present, which allows you to plan for your future. (Real-life divorcees reveal the red flags that their marriage was doomed.)

Don’t focus on your ex’s new life

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If you allow yourself to get caught up with what your ex is doing, you won’t have the mental space to welcome new opportunities into your life, advises attorney Zung. If you focus on maintaining your own life, you’ll be less tempted to make decisions motivated by competition, advises family lawyer, Randall M. Kessler, Esq. That type of choice is rarely ideal for yourself or your children. Don’t miss these things a divorce lawyer wants all married people to know

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Don’t get trapped in a “fun parent” competition

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It’s not uncommon to want to be the “cooler” parent in a divorce, notes Steve Silvestro, MD FAAP, pediatrician and host of The Child Repair Guide Podcast. Not only is this unhealthy for your kids, it’s unhealthy for you. “Constantly thinking about ways to be bigger and better than your ex is sure to drain your budget, add unnecessary stress, and take your focus off of what really matters: taking care of yourself and your kids. Here are some smart ways to tell your children about your divorce.

Accept small differences in parenting styles

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“Because you and your ex will now have your own time with your kids, differences in your parenting styles will stand out,” says Dr. Silvestro, who offers the example of Coldplay’s Chris Martin taking his kids out for french fries shortly after splitting with health-conscious Gwyneth Paltrow. Just as you accept the other aspects of your divorce, try accepting that you won’t be there for every parenting decision. “Avoid nitpicking the small differences because it’s only likely to close off lines of communication,” Dr. Silvestro advises.

Keep the kids out of it

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“Never bad-mouth your ex to or in front of the children,” advises attorney Kessler. Dr. Silvestro notes that in his pediatric practice, he’s had “plenty of experiences where a single parent spends half a visit bad-mouthing their ex. “It’s not only uncomfortable for me—an unrelated adult—it’s even more so for the kids who are listening. Talking trash about the other parent is confusing for kids and can negatively affect how they view you.” Try to avoid saying these things that can ruin your kids’ trust in you.

Think positive

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Don’t badmouth yourself, either, says Dr. De Luca. “What we think, how we feel, and how we talk to ourselves are directly related to our behavior. What we believe about ourselves affects the architecture of the way the brain and body communicate with one another,” she says. So, become aware of self-sabotaging thoughts and replace them with self-affirming and hopeful thoughts. Hershenson suggests cultivating a daily self-affirmation practice for this purpose. You may want to start with these positive quotes.

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Commit to self-care

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In addition to cultivating a self-affirmation practice, Hershenson recommends you take on an overall self-care plan. This could include maintaining a gratitude journal or devoting ten or so minutes daily to a coffee, tea, and/or reading break. “As challenging as it may feel at times, it’s crucial to take care of yourself,” Dr. Silvestro says. “Exercise, learn to meditate, or take up that hobby you’ve always wanted to try.”

Set goals for the future

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This isn’t just about financial success going forward; it’s about decreasing stress, points out Dr. De Luca. “Life, in general, can be hectic, stressful, and overwhelming, and divorce makes it even more so. Since the human brain is goal oriented, setting manageable goals can help decrease stress, contribute to a feeling of accomplishment, and lead to better quality of life in general.” Here are some other ways to decrease stress and improve your quality of life.

Invest in your new life

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Investing in your new life can begin with something as simple as purchasing new threads, suggests April Masini, relationship expert, author of four relationship advice books and the host of Relationship Advice Forum. “If you’re going from married to single, dress the part! Buy clothes that are flirty, fun, and attractive. A lingerie re-fresh is an easy step to take (and while you’re at it, take note of these bra fixes every woman should know). If you’re going job-hunting, pick up some interview clothes that make you feel confident.

Make some new friends

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“When your life changes, your social and emotional needs do, too, and the friends you used to have, as part of a couple, may not be right for you as a single,” points out Masini, who suggests making an effort to cultivate friendships with people in your same situation. “You’ll find support, advice, and fun.” As a way to get started, Zung suggests finding local “meetups” or similar groups based on your hobbies and interests.

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Cultivate empathy

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“Remember, the other side has feelings too,” attorney Kessler reminds us. “If, for even a brief moment, you can acknowledge the hurt, pain, frustration the other side could be feeling, it may just soften the anger, frustration, and pain you have. If that’s too challenging, you can start by simply not ‘rubbing it in’ that you’re feeling happy in your new life, because it’s possible your ex needs more time than you do to recover and move on. Improve your own capacity for empathy by practicing these habits of empathetic people.

 

Ask for help

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Definitely seek guidance, support, and coping strategies from a licensed professional counselor. “It’s critical for overall physical and mental health well-being,” says Dr. De Luca.

Next, find out the crazy-but-true reasons people have filed for divorce.



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Isu pangsapuri Unilodge sengaja dihangatkan semula


KUALA LUMPUR – Pengerusi Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin menyifatkan isu pangsapuri Unilodge di Australia melibatkan Mara Incorporated Sdn Bhd yang dibangkitkan oleh beberapa media baru-baru ini sengaja dihangatkan semula berikutan pilihan raya umum ke-14 semakin hampir.

Katanya kes melibatkan bangunan 12 tingkat di 746 Swanston Street, Melbourne yang dijadikan tempat penginapan pelajar itu pernah dibangkitkan media pada 2015.

“Kes tersebut sudah lama diviralkan. Barangkali oleh kerana pilihan raya kita semakin hampir, jadi kes seperti ini cuba dihidupkan dan dihangatkan kembali seolah-olah berlaku salah laku dalam kalangan pegawai Mara dan sebagainya,” katanya kepada Bernama, di sini hari ini.

Dalam pada itu, Awang Adek berkata Mara akan menyokong apa juga tindakan yang diambil oleh pihak berkuasa berkenaan dan agensi tersebut tidak akan melindungi mana-mana pegawainya yang terlibat dalam salah laku.

Terdahulu dalam kenyataan hari ini, beliau berkata Mara telah menyerahkan segala dokumen berkaitan isu tersebut kepada Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia dan akan memberi kerjasama penuh kepada suruhanjaya itu.- BERNAMA



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