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Former US athlete on track at F1 race

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

SEPANG: Edwin Moses, the US athlete who struck gold in 400m hurdles in the 1976 and 1984 Olympics, doesn't seem to want to run away from the Malaysian warmth.

He said he had been in Malaysia for about a week and the support and hospitality was "just wonderful".

"The people here are so friendly and my wife and I are having a blast here," he said.

Moses, 59, came to attend the Laureus World Sports Awards on Wednesday but he decided to extend his stay to watch the Petronas Malaysia Formula One Grand Prix.

"It has been a while since I have been to a circuit to watch a race and I am glad to be here.

"When I was working with McLaren about 10 years ago, things used to be so different.

"The technology is constantly changing and upgrading," he said when met at the Sepang International Circuit yesterday.

Moses said he used to be an engineer and the science and technology that goes into these cars was amazing.

"I have worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry and I know just how much of work goes into these cars," he said.

The Petronas Formula One Grand Prix takes place at 4pm today.

Showcasing much more for students

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

GEORGE TOWN: Education is not just about wanting to become a doctor, engineer, lawyer or accountant. It's much more.

This message has been drummed across by Deputy Education Minister II P. Kamalanathan and he could not have chosen a better stage than the The Star Education Fair 2014's opening to do so.

"We need to tell the children that life is beyond this. We need an exhibition like this to provide search and exploration of education pathways," he said in his speech before opening the fair at the Subterranean Penang International Convention and Exhi­­bition Centre (formerly known as Pisa) in Relau.

Kamalanathan said the fair was in line with one of the 11 shifts in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

"The Education Fair is what we need to encourage partnership with parents, communities and the private sector to support children's learning and to deliver a change in our education system.

"I believe everyone here recognises the importance of higher education, helping the young fulfil their potential and enhancing the quality of life.

"I thank The Star for this great initiative. The Star fits in as the perfect role, giving opportunity for children to continue their dream, and that is something not many people can do. We really appreciate it," he said.

He also touched on The Star Edu­cation Fund, which has more than 30 partners offering over 230 scholarships worth close to RM10mil this year. "For the northern region alone, covering Penang and Ipoh, The Star has seven partners offering 58 scholarships worth over RM1mil," Kamalanathan said.

The Star senior regional manager (operations) David Yeoh said the fair had evolved into a significant event in the country.

"As the People's Paper, we are glad that we have been able to help and guide thousands of students in the country through the years in promoting higher education, nurturing thinking and building a more knowledgeable society. We hope to contribute to a more prosperous and progressive nation in the years to come," he added.

Also present were The Star deputy group chief editor Leanne Goh and The Star Education Fund and events manager Susanna Kuan.

This year's one-stop education extravaganza in Penang features over 90 exhibitors comprising Malaysian and foreign institutions.

Major exhibitors include KDU Col­lege Penang, INTI International Uni­versity & Col­leges, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, ASA Overseas Education Spe­cialist, Quest International University Perak, SEGi University Group and Sentral College Penang.

The 27th edition of the fair continues today from 11am to 7pm. Admission is free.

Search aircraft report more sightings of objects

Posted: 29 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

PETALING JAYA: The search and rescue mission continued with Chinese vessels trawling the vast new area in the Indian Ocean.

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The search yesterday yielded some results after aircraft continued to report sightings of objects similar to those reported on Friday in the area, 1,100km north of the previous search area off Australian waters.

New analysis of radar and satellite data concluded that MH370 had travelled faster and for a shorter distance.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (Amsa) said the Haixun 01 vessel of China and HMAS Success of Australia reported that they had retrieved a number of objects from the ocean but so far none has been confirmed to be related to MH370.

The authority which is coordinating the search mission in the southern Indian Ocean said a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft spotted three objects in the area.

"A Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion also reported sighting multiple objects in a different part of the search area.

"The objects sighted by the aircraft cannot be verified or discounted as being from MH370 until they are relocated and recovered by ships," it said in a statement.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said the teams faced a formidable task.

"We should not underestimate the difficulty of this work; it is an extraordinarily remote location.

"We are trying to find small bits of wreckage in a vast ocean. While we're throwing everything we have at it, the task goes on," he was quoted by AFP as saying.

Amsa said four ships – HMAS Success, Haixun 01, Nanhaijiu and Jinggangshan – were in the new search area and a further five ships should arrive today.

It said a second Australian navy ship, HMAS Toowoomba, had left the port near Perth to join the search in a journey which would take about three days.

Xinhua news agency reported that Jinggangshan was expected to focus on searching for plane surfaces, oil slick and life jackets in an area covering 6,900 sq km.

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