SIA flying high, bigger, better

SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) has made public not one but three exciting pieces of information, where both airline and passengers can celebrate.

New York, New York

For a start, Singapore Airlines’ first A350-900ULR flight will be taking off in October, marking the first of the world’s longest commercial flights, non-stop from Singapore to New York (NYC). The thrice weekly flights departs Singapore on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the airline’s ultra-long-range Airbus aircraft, landing at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Tickets are on sale progressively and offers 67 business class and 94 premium economy class seats. Flight time is recorded at 18 hours and 45 minutes and offers passengers great comfort with SIA’s legendary service. The ultra-long design of the aircraft also makes air travel a delight offering higher ceilings, larger windows, an extra-wide body and special lighting that reduces jetlag.

More of San Francisco, non-stop Los Angeles

Beginning November this year, SIA will launch its non-stop flights between Singapore and Los Angeles (LAX) using the new Airbus A350-900ULR. Moreover, the number of flights from Singapore to San Francisco (SFO) will be gradually increased to 10 times per week.

The LAX route will initially be served on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, increasing to daily operations in November and from December, another three flights added to make up 10 times per week. Together with SIA’s current daily one-stop service via Tokyo, customers will be able to access LAX 17 times a week on SIA.

SIA is the first airline in the world to operate the A350-900ULR. Seat choices are similar to the New York flights, offering two-class layouts of business and premium economy. SIA will also be increasing its SIN-SFO route, which together with its one-stop service via Hong Kong, will work up to 17 flights to SFO per week.

“Together with our non-stop flights between Singapore and New York that will launch in Oct, SIA will redefine the convenience of travelling between Singapore and the United States, delivering on our promise to constantly enhance the travel experience of our customers,” said SIA CEO Goh Choon Phong.

The airline was proud to take delivery of its first of seven Airbus A350-900ULR on Sept 22. This aircraft will take off on its first commercial flight on Oct 11, on the world longest commercial flight between Singapore and Newark Liberty International Airport.

Said Airbus CEO Tom Enders on the delivery of the aircraft: “Today’s delivery is a milestone fpr Airbus and Singapore Airlines, as together, we open a new chapter in non-stop air travel”.

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Inculcating time-tested values

ST.Joseph’s Institution International School Malaysia (SJIIM) prove its mettle when 17 of its new IBDP students participated in the 3rd SJIIM Lasallian Leadership Training Camp in Manila, the Philippines from Aug 4 to 14.

Comprising scholars and non-scholars of incoming Year 12 students, the trip included engaging sessions that shared insights on the history of the Lasallian movement and the values it holds, plus as the story of its founder Saint John-Baptiste de la Salle. There were also opportunities to actively serve the less fortunate in the Philippines through the planning and implementation of mini service projects.

During the camp, students visited three different schools: La Salle Green Hills School and De La Salle Santiago Zobel School in Metro Manila, as well as Jaime Hilario Integrated School-La Salle near Bagac on the western coast of the Philippines.

Each of these brought different experiences for the students, where the interaction with a number of Lasallians was said to help students develop a deeper and more complex understanding of the three core values of the Lasallian movement – faith, community and service.

At the De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, the students learned how to effectively plan for and ensure the successful execution of a service project by taking part in the school’s established “Goodbye Gotam” – or “goodbye hunger” project.

Delighted with the students positive experience and what they learnt, SJIIM Principal Dr Nicola Brown said: “The benefits of attending the Lasallian Leadership Training Camp for our IBDP students are invaluable and completely tangible; the students are changed by their experiences”.

“They are imbued with our values and a deep appreciation of how to share these with the community. The younger students see their exemplary modelling of Faith, Service and Community and are inspired to follow suit. It was a privilege to attend the camp and we look forward to our future collaboration with the team from the Philippines”.

Feedback from one of the students Marcus Liew, was testament to the intent of the “trip”: “I will remember that my life should not be about me, but about making use of myself to serve those around me. Maybe privilege is not found in having more, but instead in appreciating the little that we have”.

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Chang and Mohd Johari clinch Gross and Nett champions spots

PETALING JAYA: The sixth qualifying round of the Prudential Astro Masters presented a dramatic finish at Amverton Cove Golf & Island Resort, Pulau Carey, on Sept 19.

The 120-player field were treated to 18 holes of fine weather at a course designed by Australian architect, Jason Winter.

With water hazards and bunkers posing a challenge to the majority of the players on the short but tricky course layout, countbacks were needed to determine the champions.

Chang Thean Siang returned with a superb gross score of 74 on countback.

The Nett champion joining Chang on the Malindo Air flight to the Grand Final in Phnom Penh will be Mohd Johari Tarmidi. The 10-handicapper won on countback with a Nett score of 67.

In the A Medal category, Sathiya Mumisamy (8) won a Panasonic Double Door Refrigerator after signing for 70 Nett.

The second and third positions needed a countback when Mohd Hezri Md. Hassan and Mychelle Tai were tied at 71 Nett respectively. Hezri’s score on the back nine was better than Mychelle’s.

Meanwhile, Shah Rizan Ahmad (12) was the champion of the B Medal with a Nett score of 67. First runner-up Ramesh Surianarayanan (14) signed for a 67 Nett, while 13-handicapper Mohd Hassan Basri Masri (13) returned with 68 Nett.

The three winners of the C Medal needed a countback and eventually won by Mohd Radzi Saad (15) who denied Mustaffa Yusof (17) after both players carded identical 67s. 15-handicapper Azlan Abdul Rahman took the third spot on countback based on his last three holes with 71 Nett.

The Nearest-to-Line at the par-4, 335-metre 16th hole was won by Datuk IR. Fauzi with a measurement of 30 centimetres. He walked home with a golf shaft sponsored by Vin Sporting House.

Zulkiepli Mispan was the toast of the day when he broke the tournament’s Longest Drive record of 270 metres. His bombed his drive 275.6 metres on the 473-metre par-4, 8th hole to win a Bridgestone J40 5-Wood.

The Sure-to-Win prize of a 65-inch Panasonic LED full-HD TV was won by Mohd Shafeeq after his tee shot on the 155-metre par 3, 5th hole was closest to the cup at 1 metre and 80 centimetres.

The Grand Lucky Draw prize of a Titoni watch was won by Sahrudin Sharan when his scorecard was caught by Chew Keng Heng, the General Manager of Panasonic Malaysia.

One of the highlights that participants look forward to in the annual PAM event is the Grand Final that is traditionally held overseas. The Grand Final has been held in eight countries, including China, and last year celebrated its 20th Anniversary in Muscat, Oman.

This year the two-day Grand Final travels to Phnom Penh, Cambodia and the battle for the Champion of the Year will be held at the Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club and Garden City Golf Club.

Shopee Mall holds Super Brands Festival to mark 1st anniversary

PETALING JAYA: E-commerce platform Shopee has recorded 86.7% growth in the number of brands available on the Shopee Mall, up to 560 brands from 300 brands, as it celebrates its first anniversary.

To mark its first anniversary, Shopee is organising a Super Brands Festival from today to Thursday. It will feature deals by brands like Fila, Watsons, Vinda, Kellogg’s, Asus, Russell Taylors, Olay and Optimum Nutrition.

“Shopee has always stood by our commitment to provide customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience, and Shopee Mall is the culmination of our ideals to serve Malaysians better,” Regional Managing Director of Shopee, Ian Ho said.

“Through the outstanding support of local brands even as we continue to gain the trust and loyalty of more and more Malaysians.”

Shopee Mall has recorded growth across all retail categories, seeing support from leading electronic brands like Xiaomi and Lenovo, top fashion brands like Poplook and Voir, and beauty lovers’ favourites – NYX and Beiersdorf.

Growing its assortment, consumers can even purchase products like engine lubricants from the Shell official store, tickets to local football matches on the Malaysia Football League official store and even get their grocery done on Shopee Mall from brands such as Giant and Mydin.

“With the overwhelming affection received from our brands and fans, we are indebted to all over the past year who have made Shopee Mall a success,” Ho said.

“This is our way of showing our sincere gratitude to both buyers and sellers who can enjoy four days of Shopee Super Brands Festival.”

Selangor Princess speaks at Sunway’s social marketing seminar

HAVING been involved in championing several social causes through social media, the Royal Princess of Selangor, HRH Yang Amat Mulia Tengku Datin Paduka Setia Zatashah Idris Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, was invited by Sunway University to deliver a talk on social media marketing to its students.

“Last year, we saved three tonnes of surplus food that went to feed up to 3,000 people, but this year, we broke the record. We saved five tonnes of food just from Ramadhan, and that went to feed over 6,400 people – the homeless, urban poor families, the elderly, disabled kids and refugee children,” said Zatashah, speaking on the success of her campaign #zerofoodwastage that looked at remaining/excess food from hotels.

While the seminar was largely focused on campaigns the Selangor Princess was involved in and its effects, the evening became additionally interesting during the Q&A session involving the faculty and students. The point in question was on child marriages, which had a snowball effect.

Queried by a student on how society could bring change to the legality of child marriage, Zatashah replied, “There are a lot of problems out there on child brides, I completely agree. But the way to do it is to petition, get your voice heard, and let them (the lawmakers) know this is not acceptable”.

“For me, anyone under 18 is a child. It’s a very difficult situation; but try to influence, show support and spread the word. That’s as best the advice I can give you,” she said. The mover and shaker who has raised concerns and shed light some eight or more pressing concerns on social causes also encouraged the audience to talk about such important issues with others, “recruit them”, and like dominoes, create a movement.

The seminar, titled “Creating Influence For A Cause”, was organised by Sunway University Marketing Society (SUMS), which is headed by event directors Chin Chee Hean and Lian Jue Xin. It was made possible with the help of its club advisor Dr. Derek Ong and officiated by Sunway University Marketing Society Dean Prof. Steve Williams, moderated by the Head of the Marketing Department Dr. Michael M. Dent and supported by department academicians. Over 150 participants attended and were said to have gained “priceless knowledge on the importance and power of social marketing”, in this particular seminar, on social causes of concern.

Digital Marketing Bootcamp

CELCOM Axiata Berhad with Google launched a two-and-a-half-day digital marketing bootcamp training programme “KPM (PT)-Celcom Siswapreneur @ Google Bootcamp” at the UTMKL Residensi, Kuala Lumpur.

The bootcamp was officiated by Ministry of Education deputy director general of higher education Prof Dr.Azizi Ismail, Celcom’s Chief Corporate Officer Zuraida Jamaluddin and Google’s head of policy Nick Bauer.

About 250 local undergraduates from 35 institutions attended the bootcamp, which began today and expected to end on Sept 23, 2018.

Throughout the bootcamp, the fundamentals of Google Ads such as the benefit of online advertising and the best practices for optimised Ads campaign management will be shared.

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