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  • Felcra targets RM25 million sales in tuna, sardine products +

    KUALA LUMPUR: FELCRA Bhd subsidiary, Felcra Livestock & Agri Products Sdn Bhd (FLAP) is aiming for RM25 million sales per annum in tuna and sardine products in the international and domestic markets.   Felcra chief executive officer Zulkarnain Md Eusope said the company also set a target of selling three containers of Yuya products per month in the first and second quarter of 2017.   "We have found potential clients and are negotiating for reasonable prices for Yuya," he told reporters at the launch of Yuya brand, here, yesterday.     SOURCE: BERNAMA Read More
  • Matrade urges SMEs to register IP +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Malaysia must take steps to register their intellectual property (IP) to increase brand value. In stating this, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) Chief Executive Officer Datuk Dzulkifli Mahmud said the IP level of awareness in the areas of trademarks, patents and copyrights was still low. "In this era of digital economy and tough competition, we need to realise that IP is money, as it protects your innovation and creates value for the company, including for the application of loans, exports and free trade agreements. "Some SMEs still do not see Read More
  • Varsity seeks to dispel ‘starving’ artist myth +

    KOTA KINABALU: University College Sabah Foundation (UCSF) is working to dispel the 'starving' artist myth in Sabah. Its vice chancellor, Professor Datuk Dr Mohamed Ghazali Ismail, said the perception of artists destined to become "longhaired" and starved individuals who live in destitute must be extinguished. He stressed there is an art to turning paint and canvas into a sustainable and lucrative source of livelihood that can be maintained past the typical retirement age. "Artists can be very rich if you have the strategy," Ghazali said at the second UCSF Painting Community "Rhythm of Falling Colours" with Tuan Syed Bakar and Read More
  • M'sia well equipped to combat cyber threats +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is well-guarded with cyber security technologies to combat any malware and hacking threats as compared with many other countries, an effort the government needs to continuously work on. Finland-based cyber security and privacy company, F-Secure Corporation Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen said every country is exposed to such threats, nevertheless, Malaysia currently has a thriving cyber security business. "But persistent efforts are pivotal to keep this in check, and more work needs to be done. We see different kinds of attacks targeting Malaysian companies, but I do believe it's getting better. I think we have great hope Read More
  • Three M'sian universities in top 100 world rankings +

    KUALA LUMPUR: Three Malaysian universities made it to the top 100 list out of the 300 universities, involving 50 countries, of the Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017. According to the THE website, Universiti Putra Malaysia came in at the 89th place, a climb of 14 places from its previous ranking. The other two Malaysian universities that made it to the top 100 ranking were Universiti Teknologi Petronas (91) and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (100). Meanwhile, making it to the top 300, were Universiti Sains Malaysia at 114th place and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia at 136th place. Read More
  • Proton expected to announce foreign partner next year +

    KOTA KINABALU: National carmaker, Proton, is expected to announce its strategic partnership agreement with a foreign automaker next year. Its Chairman, Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Akbar said that Proton is looking to cement a deal by then, but added that the announcement might not be made in March as rumours have it. He also declined to reveal the trio of automakers shortlisted as potential partners. “It is premature for us to mention the names because DRB-Hicom (Proton) is a publicly-listed company, and the prospective partners could be publicly-listed companies,” Syed Faisal said through a statement received here, yesterday. Earlier reports Read More
  • Malaysian economy may expand 4 pct in 2017 +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian economy could grow above four per cent in 2017, despite global economic headwinds, with strong support for domestic spending. ForexTime Vice-President for Corporate Development and Market Research Jameel Ahmad said the Malaysian economy was still robust and resilient despite many challenges such as currency market volatility and sluggish global economic environment. He also attributed this to the current norm of slow growth among all emerging markets, the strengthening greenback against major currencies and uncertainty over Donald Trump’s victory in the United States Presidential election. Growth rates in Malaysia are still seen as significantly stronger than those Read More
  • Kundasang Kembaraton among events for Cabbage Festival +

    KOTA KINABALU: Several sports activities including the Kundasang Kembaraton have been lined up for this year’s Cabbage Festival in Kundasang on Dec 10. The race which is divided into three categories, namely 21km open, 18km veteran and 9km junior, will be flagged off by Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun in the morning, organising chairman Wasry Tarisin, said yesterday. The top three of the open category will receive RM1,000, RM800 and RM500, while the veteran runners RM800, RM500 and RM300. The fourth to 10th placed runners of both categories will get RM100 each. “The top three Read More
  • FSI: Sabah to be vital transshipment hub +

    KOTA KINABALU: Federation of Sabah Industries (FSI) has expressed confidence that Sabah will emerge as an important transshipment hub in the region. The injection of a federal fund of over RM1 billion to expand the Sepanggar Bay Container Terminal (SBCT) announced recently is testimony to our state government’s commitment to see to the realisation of the hub status and beyond. “We have a government that is sensitive to the plight of the industry and the people – an industry long beset by high costs. “Freight cost is a significant contributor because Sabah shippers pay for unnecessary longer shipping routes and empty Read More
  • Emergency response training at POIC Lahad Datu +

    Emergency response training at POIC Lahad Datu LAHAD DATU: Be prepared - that's the message to 46 participants in an emergency response training here conducted by the Fire and Rescue Department. The training was conducted under the POIC Emergency Mutual Aid (PEMA) programme by POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd in collaboration with the investor community at the Lahad Datu palm oil industrial cluster (POIC Lahad Datu) here. The participants had in August this year gone through two days of introductory training in responding to emergencies. The one-day level two training last Monday exposed them to practical aspects of emergency response, firefighting and Read More
  • Sabah will be among main contributors of national digital economy +

    KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Resource Development and Information Technology is confident that Sabah can be among the main contributors to the growth of the national digital economy. Its minister, Datuk Siringan Gubat said the ministry will work closely with the Federal Government to ensure allocations are channelled accordingly for the development of facilities and infrastructure that will benefit Sabahans and help them participate in the digital economy. "In fact, such initiatives are in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's vision of making the digital economy as one of the main contributors to the national economy as Read More
  • Bright outlook for palm oil next year, says MPOB +

    KUALA LUMPUR: The outlook for the country's palm oil sector next year is bright on the back of higher global demand. Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Director-General Dr A. Kushairi Din said the US and Indonesia's commitment to boost biofuel usage, coupled with China's positive response towards increasing oil palm import from Malaysia would be a boon to the industry. "Apart from China, the European Union and the UK are among Malaysia's top palm oil importers. "This will help increase the exports of palm oil, including crude and processed palm oil from Malaysia," he told Bernama on the sidelines of Read More
  • The global connected appliances market in 2016-2020 +

    SINGAPORE: Sales of connected appliances will surge in the next five years - from 30 million units sold in 2016 to 178 million units in 2020. Sales of connected appliances will surge in the next five years, from 30 million units sold in 2016 to 178 million units in 2020. — Reuters photo According to Euromonitor International's new research, in 2016, half of these sales will be generated in China, which represents the leading connected appliances market globally with 15 million units sold. China is a unique market driven by appliances manufacturers and internet retailers, as well as government support. Connected air Read More
  • Sabahans heavy coffee drinkers +

    KOTA KINABALU: Sabah imported 1,000 tonnes of coffee beans and consumed 200 million cups of coffee in 2013. Borneo Cafe Alliance chairman Yap Cheen Boon said, the statistics, which was obtained from the Department of Statistics Malaysia and Customs Department, would be even higher this year. "We consume a lot of coffee in Sabah. Our State imported 1,000 tonnes of coffee beans and drank 200 million cups of coffee a year in 2013, which includes Kopi O, 3-in1 coffee and specialty coffee,"he said. He said coffee beans in Sabah were mostly imported from Indonesia and Vietnam, as the State was Read More
  • KK Coffee Festival attracts international exhibitors +

    KOTA KINABALU: Coffee lovers will be delighted to know that KK Coffee Festival 2016, the inaugural coffee-themed event in Sabah, will take place at Suria Sabah from December 2 to 4. From left,Wong,Yap and Lee at the press conference. The three-day event, which will be held from 11am to 10pm, is organized by the Borneo Cafe Alliance, a sub-division under the Federation of Sabah Industries (FSI). The alliance aspires to be the industry body representing the interests of independent cafes and related food and beverage (F&B) business. Borneo Cafe Alliance chairman Yap Cheen Boon said the KK Coffee Festival was Read More
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