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MH17 team hopes emotional videos will bring new leads….

MH17 team hopes emotional videos will bring new leads

BY.kirubaa Muniandy 29/6/2017

MH17 team hopes emotional videos will bring new leads
International investigators and relatives of victims of flight MH17, shot down over eastern Ukraine almost three years ago, renewed efforts Wednesday to push the probe forward, issuing videos appealing for witnesses.

It is hoped the videos of family members talking about the pain of losing their loved ones will spur residents in Ukraine to come forward with new information, Dutch media reported.

download (10)“The Joint Investigative Team which is carrying out the criminal investigation into the disaster informed relatives about the videos” this week, Dutch daily tabloid Algemeen Dagblad said.

“The videos will be distributed via a journalistic website in eastern Ukraine,” by late Wednesday, the newspaper said.

The clips contain interviews with two relatives of some of the 298 people who died when the Malaysia Airlines jet was blown from the sky by a Russian-made BUK anti-aircraft missile on July 17, 2014.

The majority of the passengers were Dutch.

“Every single memory hurts. I can’t look back at good memories without feeling pain,” an emotional Silene Frederiksz tells viewers, speaking in Dutch with subtitles.

Her son Bryce, 23 and his girlfriend Daisy, 20 died in the incident.

Frederiksz told current affairs programme EenVandaag how she had been approached to participate.

“You have to grab every possibility to get to the truth. It’s the emotion of a mother speaking about losing her child — I hope it will touch people,” she said.

The international inquiry team concluded in September last year that the missile that shot down the plane came from a battery transported from Russia across the border into Ukraine and taken back after the launch.

Investigators have also released the names of two Russian-speaking men wanted in connection with the incident: Andrey Ivanovich, also known as “Orion” and Nikolay Fiodorovich, who used the pseudonym “Delfin”.

Preliminary criminal findings said around 100 people are under investigation for playing “an active role” in the incident and confirmed the missile was fired from a field which at the time was in territory held by pro-Moscow rebels, who are battling Kiev.

Russia has described the report as “biased”, while Ukraine said it proved Moscow’s direct involvement in the tragedy.

The pro-Russian separatists have denied having fired the missile, denying possessing such a weapon. — AFP

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இளைஞ்ர்களை வர்தகர்களாக உருவாக்குங்கள்….டத்தோ க.புலவேந்திரன

இளைஞ்ர்களை வர்தகர்களாக உருவாக்குங்கள்
இந்திய இளைஞர்களை வர்தகர்களாக உருவாக்குங்கள் நமது பொருளாதாரம் தானாக உயரும் என பினாங்கு இந்திய வர்த்தக சங்க ஆலோசகரும் தொழிலதிபருமான டத்தோ க.புலவேந்திரன வலியுறுத்தினார்

இந்தியர்களின் பொருளாதார வீழ்ச்சி அதன் தாக்கம் அதுவே நமது வாழ்வு தரத்தை மிக மோசமான நிலைக்கு கொண்டுசெல்கின்றது . இந்நிலைதொடருமானால் நமது வருங்கால நிலை மோசமான பள்ளத்தாக்கிற்கு தள்ளப்படுவோம் என்று கூறிய அவர் வர்த்தகம் பொருளாதாரம் என்பதில் நம் இளைஞ்ர்கள் ஈடுபாடு கொண்டு அதில் அஸ்திவாரம் அமைத்து அதன்வழி தொழில் மேம்படுத்திக்கொள்ளப்பட வேண்டும் இதன் வழி நமது வருங்காலத்தை புதிய பரிணாமத்திற்கு கொண்டு செல்ல வழி வகுக்கும் என்றும் அதுவே நமது சமூதாயத்தை சிறப்பாக உருவாக்க முடியும் எனமேலும் தெரிவித்தார்.

பிற இனத்திற்கு நிகராக நாம் பீடு நடைபோட வர்த்தகத்தை பல கோணங்களில் அமைத்துக்கொண்டு வாழ்க்கையில் முன்னேற்றம் காண வேண்டும் அதன் அடிப்படையில் சங்கம் வர்த்தகர்களை உருவாக்கி வருகின்றது அதன் பயன்படுத்தி பயன் பெற வேண்டும் எனவும் பினாங்கு இந்திய வர்த்தக சங்க ஆலோசகரும் தொழிலதிபருமான டத்தோ க.புலவேந்திரன் வலியுறுத்தினார்.

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Bertrand Traore Leaves Chelsea For Lyon

Updated: 27 June 2017 
BYl  Jeyan
Bertrand Traore, who was handed his Chelsea debut by Jose Mourinho in a Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2015, is Lyon’s second summer signing.
Bertrand Traore Leaves Chelsea For Lyon

Bertrand Traore has joined Olympique Lyonnais on a 5-year-deal.© Olympique Lyonnais/Twitter

Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore has joined Lyon for 10 million euros (£8.8m, $11.2m) on a five-year deal, the French club announced on Monday. Chelseawill earn 15 percent of any profit from a future sale of the player and the English champions will have first refusal on Traore should he eventually move on, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said at a press conference to announce the signing.

“I was really keen to come to Lyon,” admitted the 21-year-old Burkina Faso international, who spent last season on loan at Europa League runners-up Ajax.

“We wish him well for his career in France and thank him for his contribution at Chelsea,” the London club said in a statement.

Traore, who was handed his Chelsea debut by Jose Mourinho in a Champions League game against Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2015, is Lyon’s second summer signing following the arrival of Brazilian left-back Fernando Marcal from Benfica.

Lyon begin pre-season training on Tuesday but Traore will not join up with his new team-mates until July 10.

Meanwhile, Aulas confirmed that Lyon are in talks with Real Madrid about the potential signing of forward Mariano Diaz.

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National carmakers shift to top gear for smoother drive….

27 June 2017


Malaysia's car industry
Kuala Lumpur
 – Malaysia’s car industry is set for a smoother drive with both national carmakers, Proton Holdings Bhd and Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua), shifting to top gear to become more robust and competitive.

Proton’s alliance with China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd should be able to address the structural issues faced for so long – small market, lack of economies of scale and costly research and development (R&D).

Perodua, on the converse, is moving up the value chain in the industry based on its its ability to compete globally.

Bernama delved deeper into the progress made by the carmakers in a recent interview with Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Proton, the country’s first carmaker, was now able to access existing markets of the Chinese carmaker as well as the right-hand drive segment in South-East Asia, Mustapa said.

“The partnership will allow Proton to tap into Geely’s technology and R&D facilities including a range of platforms and power trains. More importantly, it could fully realise the potentials of its production plants,” he said.

Mustapa said Proton could turn around and be a competitive global player with all of these issues addressed.

Geely signed a definitive agreement on June 24 to take a 49.9 per cent equity in Proton Holdings worth RM460.30 million. The Chinese car group also acquired a 51 per cent stake in British carmaker, Lotus, which Proton has owned since 1996.

“The car industry was positive in reacting to the announcement by DRB-Hicom to sell 49.9 per cent of its equity to Geely on May 24, 2017.

“Many understand the need for Proton to have a strategic partner to overcome its main challenges including a decline in domestic sales, limited export market, lack of economies of scale and investments in R&D and technology,” said Mustapa.

However, there are concerns from local car industry on the impact of the strategic partnership to local vendors, especially once the business restructuring of the partnership takes place.

Proton has about 240 vendors, with almost 50,000 employees in its direct supply chain.

“Nevertheless, DRB-Hicom has given an assurance that in selecting Geely as its partner, it has taken into account all such issues, including the impact on local vendors.

“While local vendors are still expected to meet stringent quality, cost and delivery measures to ensure the competitiveness of Proton, they are also open to other opportunities created from the partnership.

“These include technical cooperation to enhance capabilities, possible participation in Geely’s supply chain and being able to export regionally,” Mustapa explained.

On whether the local car industry was considered to be liberalised with the Proton-Geely tie-up, he said, the industry was already fairly open and liberalised under the National Automotive Policy 2014.

“The government has allowed for issuance of new Manufacturing Licence for motor vehicles in the category of energy-efficient vehicles across all segments without engine capacity restriction.

“In addition, there is no equity limit for foreign investors/companies to participate in manufacturing activities in the car sector.

“Thus, there is no issue of liberalisation of the car industry to be linked with the tie-up,” he added.

As for Perodua, he said, the second national carmaker was currently doing very well with domestic sales of 207,110 units last year with 35 per cent share of the overall total industry volume, putting Perodua as market leader in the local motor vehicle industry.

Perodua was also developing an export plan to widen its market in ASEAN, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation countries and Africa, he said.

“Perodua already exports close to 5,000 units yearly to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Fiji, Brunei and Mauritius.

“Also, it is working to get our local vendors to participate in the supply chain of Daihatsu,\” Mustapa said.

Traditionally, Perodua’s strength is in the small compact car market because of its alliance with Daihatsu, renowned for producing compact cars.

Mustapa said the introduction of the Bezza model last year and its positive reception, demonstrated the Perodua’s capability in venturing to other segments, he said.

Bezza was the first Perodua model to be designed and developed in-house.

In addition, Perodua has more than 100 local vendors to participate in the manufacturing of parts and components to meet its needs.

“These initiatives are a testament to Perodua’s commitment to move up the value chain and its ability to be globally competitive.

“Perodua’s business model to tie-up with Daihatsu has proven to be successful and it must continue to undertake aggressive exports promotions to market its cars abroad,” Mustapa said. – Bernama


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DRB Hicom-Geely partnership will drive Proton to success …. PM

DRB Hicom-Geely partnership will drive Proton to success – PM

DRB Hicom-Geely partnership will drive Proton
Kuala Lumpur
 – The partnership between DRB-HICOM Bhd and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd, which will see Proton as a global manufacturing hub of Geely’s right-hand drive model, will take the national carmaker to new levels of success and a secure future, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Proton has found itself the most suitable partner.

“With the benefit of Geely’s technology and expertise, Proton is now admirably prepared for the challenges ahead,” he said at the signing of the definitive agreement between DRB-Hicom and Zhejiang Geely here today.

In expressing his confidence, Najib said, Proton would have the ability and resources to turn itself around and become an example of Malaysian success, without needing handouts from the government.

He believed that by partnering Geely, a company with the right credentials, committed leadership and a proven track record, Proton could expand its footprint across Asean car market.

Earlier, DRB Hicom Managing Director, Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar, announced the agreement with Geely comprised seven strategic areas of collaboration.

Among them were that Proton would be given the exclusive rights of Geely’s products and latest technology to the region, and access market beyond the SEA and China, he said.

Syed Faisal said Geely would make Proton’s own research and development operation as its centre of excellence in Asean, complementing the various sites it already operated across the globe, he said.

Malaysia would also become the right hand-drive hub for Geely in this region, enabling the modern Tanjung Malim plant to be used to its maximum capacity, creating new jobs both locally and nationally, he said.

“Proton’s Tanjung Malim plant is given the opportunity to assemble Volvo cars if there is excess in capacity,” he said.

Geely has owned Volvo since 2010.

With these strategic partnership, Najib said, it could pave the way for Proton to become one of the leading carmakers in South-East Asia and one of Malaysia’s great exports to the region.

“That would represent a win for Proton, for the owners, for the Malaysian economy, and for the hundreds of thousands of Malaysians who would benefit as a result.

“The new chapter in Proton’s journey is an example of the forward-looking Malaysia we are building,” he said, believing Proton was in trouble with its business model was, and had always been unsustainable in the long run.

Najib also brushed off negative perception on baseless fears about foreign investment leading to loss of sovereignty.

“That will never happen on my watch. But in any case, that view is economically illiterate.

“Rejecting FDIs (foreign direct investments) for ill-informed and sometimes frankly racist reasons, would only lead to the impoverishment of Malaysians and the erosion of our competitive edge,” he pointed out. – Bernama

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