Facebook launches effort to help boost newspaper subscriptions

WASHINGTON, Feb 27 — Facebook today announced a US$3 million (RM11.7 million) pilot project aimed at helping US newspapers boost paid digital subscriptions. The move was the latest by the huge social network to respond to concerns that it and other online platforms have hurt news organisations by dominating internet advertising. The “local news subscriptions …

Lack of awareness finds SMEs not taking up RM3.3 billion in funds

LABUAN: A total of RM3.3 billion in funding is still available under Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) Funds for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for working capital and the purchase of machinery. BNM Development Finance and Enterprise Department director Marina Kahar said local SMEs, including start-ups, should leverage the fund to finance and lower their cost …

Top attractions in Tibet free until end of April

LHASA, Feb 27 — To promote winter tourism, Tibet has announced that some of its most iconic and popular attractions, including Mount Everest National Nature Reserve and Potala Palace, will be free of charge.  From now until April 30, visitors will be able to gain free entry into 115 of the region’s top attractions.  While travel to …

Olympic swimming pool sold

The Patriotic Front government has continued selling state properties. This time it is the Olympic Swimming pool which has been sold to some Lebanese linked to Savenda Management Services. The Swimming Pool which the council used to run as a community swimming pool around Longacres area of Lusaka was sold late 2017.

Spanish ace Márquez signs new two-year deal with Honda

Marc Márquez has won four MotoGP titles with Honda. (Reuters pic) ASAKA: Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Márquez has signed a new two-year deal at Honda to keep him with the factory team until the end of the 2020 season, Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) said on Monday. Márquez, 25, made his premier class debut with Repsol …

Beach, scenery and shopping: Why more Chinese are visiting Kota Kinabalu for CNY

PETALING JAYA, Feb 26 — Yearning for the perfect selfie, Chinese tourists are increasingly choosing Sabah as their vacation destination. State Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said Sabah’s stunning backdrops and locals’ ability to speak Chinese dialects made the Chinese nationals more “at home” during the Lunar New Year, reported the South China Morning …

Universal world handicap system to be introduced from 2020

ST. ANDREWS: Golfers will be able to take a universal handicap to courses around the world from 2020 in a shake-up of the system announced by organizers on Tuesday. Developed by the British Open organizers The R&A and the United States Golf Association, the new system aims to streamline the current formats which are administered …

Trump Hotels, Middle East and Macau among big winners of new Forbes Travel Guide

NEW YORK, Feb 21 ― In the latest edition of the Forbes travel guide, the Middle East made its inaugural debut with a quartet of five-star hotels, while South America boasts its first five-star property. In the 60th edition of its Star Ratings awards, Forbes inspectors added new international destinations to their coverage, to include …

PF increases fuel prices again

The PF regime, through the Energy Regulation Board has increased the pump price of fuel effective midnight tonight claiming changes in two main variables that influence the price of the commodity. ERB Board Chairman Raymond Mpundu stated that oil prices had increased on the international market whilst the Kwacha had depreciated. “Specifically, from the last …