Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:19

October vehicle sales drop to 54,187 units

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 19 - Vehicle sales for October 2014 declined to 54,187 units from 55,078 units in the corresponding month last year, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) said.

It said both the passenger and commercial segments recorded lower sales in October with volume for the former dropping to 47,544 units from 47,930 units a year before while that of the latter plummeted to 6,643 units from 7,148 units.

Year-to-date, it said the total industry sales volume was 1.01 per cent higher at 546,492 units against 543,048 units in the corresponding period last year.

The output of total commercial and passenger vehicles last month decreased to 45,763 units from 54,549 units a year before, MAA said.

The output of the passenger segment in October declined to 41,133 units from 50,184 units in the corresponding month last year while volume for the commercial segment rose to 4,630 units from 4,365 units.

On prospects, MAA said sales volume for November is expected to maintain the September momentum as consumers are expected to face difficulties in getting hire purchase loans.

Jakarta, Nov 19 - The Indonesian National Police will deploy two-thirds of its personnel to contain possible disruptive situations in the wake of the governments decision to raise the price of subsidized fuels on Monday night.

"It is true that the current situation is very conducive and safe. But with the policy implemented, I think the police force is obligated to contain any impacts it might have," Chief of the National Police, General Sutarman, said in the premises of the Presidential Palace here on Tuesday.

"Gasoline stations have been guarded since last night. The security situation has been relatively conducive so far," he stated.

To ensure that such a secure situation prevails, he added that the ranks and files of the Indonesian police were now on alert status one.

"It is true that we ordered alert status one yesterday. This means that two-thirds of our personnel will be on standby at gasoline stations and distribution points," he affirmed.

On Monday night, President Joko Widodo decided to increase the price of subsidized fuel, including premium fuel, from Rp6.5 thousand to Rp8.5 thousand per liter and that of diesel oil from Rp5.5 thousand to Rp7.5 thousand per liter.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 14:17

China ICT market to grow steadily: analysts

BEIJING, Nov 19 - The information and communication technology (ICT) market in China will grow steadily in the upcoming years, analysts with International Data Corporation (IDC) said on Tuesday.

"China's ICT market will expand at an annual rate of seven percent from 2013 to 2020," predicted Kitty Fok, managing director of IDC China.

"By 2020, revenue from the information technology market and telecommunication services will both reach 300 billion U.S. dollars," said the director of the market intelligence firm.

Wu Lianfeng, associate vice president of IDC China, said five factors will decide the future of the business: overall economic strength, government policy, technological progress, industrial restructuring and changes in consumer habits.

Wu said stable economic growth in China in years to come will sustain steady development in ICT. Ambitious targets in shifting the growth model, raising incomes and protecting environment will unlock great opportunities for ICT companies.

Technological progress in robots, 3D printing, the Internet of Things and other related fields will speed up innovation, said Wu.

BANGKOK, Nov 18 -- Some 70 per cent of foreign tourists queried said imposing martial law did not affect their decision to visit Thailand, while 86 per cent thought the country was safe for tourists, according to the poll. 

BANGKOK, Nov 18 -- Thai Minister of Public Health Dr Rajata Rajatanavin will attend the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) in Rome, Italy. 

BANGKOK, Nov 18 -- The Thai Ministry of Public Health has ordered all of its provincial offices to be cautious against all types of bird flu throughout the coming winter season, particularly in areas with history of infections and provinces along the border.

BANGKOK, Nov 18 --  The cabinet today increased the cost-of-living allowance for low-ranking government officials to raise their minimum monthly income to at least Bt10,000.

BANGKOK, Nov 18 -- Representatives of the Bhumjaithai and Chartthaipattana parties proposed to the Constitution Drafting Committee that political parties should not be dissolved easily.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 13:56

Thai Army hasn't grounded Bell 212 helicopters

BANGKOK, Nov 18 – The Thai Army has given assurances that it will not ground its Bell 212 helicopters, despite one of the type having crashed Monday in Phayao, killing nine military personnel.

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 18 - The Boeing ecoDemonstrator 787 has begun flight testing more than 25 new technologies aimed at improving aviation's environmental performance through every phase of flight.

The Boeing ecoDemonstrator Program accelerates the testing, refinement and use of new technologies and methods that can improve efficiency and reduce noise.

This new round of testing, using 787 Dreamliner ZA004, will evaluate software and connectivity technologies related to operational efficiency; remote sensors to reduce wiring; aerodynamic and flight control improvements for greater fuel efficiency, and icephobic wing coatings to reduce ice accumulation.

"The ecoDemonstrator is focused on technologies that can improve airlines' gate-to-gate efficiency and reduce fuel consumption, emissions and noise," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.

"Through the ecoDemonstrator Program, Boeing continues to invest in innovation that benefits the environment and our customers."

ecoDemonstrator 787 tests include:

- NASA Airborne Spacing for Terminal Arrival Routes (ASTAR) to improve landing efficiency.

- New greenhouse gas sensors evaluated in collaboration with Japan Airlines and others.

- Real-time turbulence reports generated in collaboration with Delta Air Lines to mitigate moderate or greater turbulence events, resulting in improved flight efficiency and passenger comfort.

- Instrument landing systems for new and older aircraft to optimize landings and reduce fuel use.

- On-Board Wireless Sensor Network and Micro Electro Mechanical Systems microphones to reduce wiring and weight.

- Outer wing access doors made from recycled 787 carbon fiber to reduce material costs and factory waste.

The ecoDemonstrator 787 completed flight tests in July for an acoustic ceramic matrix composite nozzle designed by Boeing to reduce weight and noise.

These tests were part of the FAA Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions and Noise (CLEEN) Program, a competitively bid five-year program with costs shared by participants.

The 787 Dreamliner provides airlines with unmatched fuel efficiency and exceptional environmental performance, reducing fuel use and carbon emissions by 20 percent compared with today's similarly sized airplanes.

In 2011, with an American Airlines Next-Generation 737, the ecoDemonstrator Program tested 15 technologies including aspects of the Advanced Technology Winglet that will improve fuel efficiency by up to 1.8 percent on the new 737 MAX.

In 2015, the ecoDemonstrator Program will test more technologies on a 757 in collaboration with TUI Travel Group and NASA.

Supplier partners for ecoDemonstrator 787 technologies and flight tests also include Rolls Royce, Honeywell, Rockwell Collins, General Electric and Panasonic.

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