From ‘aqiqah’ to airplane dining: Southeast Asian airlines go out of box to survive pandemic

first_imgMalaysian budget airline AirAsia introduced digital platform IKLHAS for Muslim travelers in April. Offering services for religious traditions such as umrah (minor haj), qurban (animal sacrifice) and now aqiqah (Islamic sacrificial ritual following the birth of a child), IKHLAS is available in 35 countries, including Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and India. In addition to the services, IKHLAS also allows customers to collect points for AirAsia’s loyalty program Big Points when conducting transactions on the platform.Read also: Garuda paints masks on aircraft to support health campaign As a result of travel bans and restrictions, as well as decreased travel over coronavirus fears, civil aviation is among the industries hit hardest by the global COVID-19 pandemic.In Indonesia, the airline industry experienced a loss of US$1.56 billion between February and April this year, which was driven by a decrease in domestic and international passengers following the outbreak, according to data released by the Indonesian National Air Carriers Association (INACA) on April 24.Throughout this time of crisis, several Southeast Asian airlines have launched new business ventures in the hopes of surviving the pandemic.  Meanwhile, Thai flag-carrier Thai Airways has brought its in-cabin experience to the ground. Starting Sept. 2, those who are itching to travel can enjoy meals at an airline-themed restaurant located in the cafeteria of the airline’s Bangkok headquarters from Wednesday to Sunday. The venue is decorated with airplane parts and seats, providing an authentic aircraft feel for the customers. The airline’s catering managing director, Varangkana Luerojvong, told Reuters that the pop-up restaurant, which serves around 2,000 meals per day, was a way to recoup some lost revenue during the pandemic.Following the success, the company also plans to turn other Thai Airways offices into similar establishments that offer a unique dining experience. Like Thai Airways, Singapore Airlines is another company that has entered the restaurant business.After ditching its previous plan of providing so-called “flights to nowhere”, a service that is currently trending in some Asian countries, the airline is set to offer an airline-themed restaurant in the coming weeks. Read also: Travelers snap up Asian airlines’ scenic ‘flights to nowhere’Using an Airbus A-380 superjumbo jet, guests can enjoy a three-hour lunch in economy class by forking out S$50 ($36.62). A similar experience is also available for ultra-first-class suites worth $600 per person.In addition to the restaurant, Singapore Airlines will also offer a behind-the-scenes tour to its training facility at the cost of $15 per child (3 to 12 years old) and $30 per adult. As quoted by The Straits Times, Aaron Wong, founder of Singapore-based travel hacking site MileLion website, said, “The tour is a rare chance for the public to get a first-hand look behind the scenes at SIA’s training facilities, which would be impossible for non-media during regular times.” (jes)Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics :last_img read more

Fred credits coach Michael Carrick and Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva with helping revive Man Utd career

first_imgCarrick and Fred have become extremely close, doing extra sessions together daily (Picture: Getty)‘On a daily basis, he helps me a lot, always talking to me. After training we always do a little work to complement it, sometimes finishing, sometimes passing.‘He’s a guy who understands the game, who lived it, and it’s impossible for there to be anyone better than him to help me.‘He knows about the difficulties, the shortcuts, and he tries to show me everything there is in training and in games. He’s a guy who has been of huge importance for me at United and I’m very grateful to him.’MORE: Fred names midfielder James Garner as Manchester United’s most impressive young playerMORE: Wayne Rooney and Manchester United squad celebrated Liverpool beating Chelsea, reveals Jamie CarragherFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirus is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Fred has made enormous strides this campaign, though he has not done it alone and credits both Carrick and Gilberto with helping him on and off the pitch.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking to Brazilian website Trivela, he said: ‘Gilberto is a very important guy in my career. He’s my agent and consultant, we work together. As a player he played at the World Cup for Brazil, played at Arsenal, was a champion.‘He’s a guy who helps me a lot on a daily basis, we’re always taking – both about my career and my positioning on the field.‘He helps me a lot, and it’s a joy to have him in my life, in my career, and I’m very grateful to him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsUnited coach Carrick, meanwhile, has worked with Fred in individual training sessions this season to improve his performances and help him adapt to the pace and intensity of the Premier League.Fred continued: ‘He has helped me a lot in this process of adaptation and transition. He’s a guy who was an idol at the club and was a great player in the same position that I play. Fred credits coach Michael Carrick and Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva with helping revive Man Utd career Advertisementcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 23 Apr 2020 11:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.2kShares The Brazilian has become one of the first names on the team sheet this season (Picture: Getty)Manchester United midfielder Fred has highlighted the roles of both coach Michael Carrick and his agent, ex-Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva, in helping him turn around his Old Trafford career.At the start of the season, Fred’s future at United appeared in serious doubt after he missed part of pre-season to go on his honeymoon and subsequently did not make the squad for the first four matches of the season.He did not start a Premier League match until October, but has been in the starting XI in every game since, not just establishing himself as one of the first names on the team sheet but putting himself in the conversation for United’s Player of the Season. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sweden’s AMF reports 1.3% gain as property shines

first_imgSweden’s third biggest pension fund bucked the trend last year to produce a 1.3% gain on its investment portfolio, according to preliminary full-year results just released.AMF reported that its real estate allocation produced a gain of 12.4% for 2018.The total return of 1.3% is lower than the previous year’s 7.9% gain, but comes at a time when many other pension funds are reporting losses.Chief executive Johan Sidenmark said: “In light of the late autumn’s sharp fall in stock prices, I am pleased that we could secure a positive return for the full year.” Sidenmark said AMF had worked actively with its allocation to increase the proportion of assets that did not correlate with the stock market, such as real estate and infrastructure.“The year was characterised by signs that a slowdown was beginning, while trade wars and political concerns created uncertainty in the financial markets,” he added.The fund’s average annual return over the past five years was 6.8%, and 7.6% a year over the past decade. Total assets dipped to SEK590bn (€56bn) at the end of December 2018 from SEK596bn a year earlier.AMF said its property portfolio generated the strongest return of any asset class during the year, with a return of 12.4%, while the return on alternative assets was 4.1%.Both equity and fixed income incurred losses over the course of the year, it said.AMF’s solvency ratio fell to 182% from 196%, the provider reported, after SEK11.2bn was allocated to a reinforcement of guarantees during the year.last_img read more

Man Utd boss expects something extra-ordinary from Odion Ighalo

first_img Ighalo could start tonight at Europa League opponents Club Brugge. “Well for me Odion is a different type of striker for us,” Solskjaer told reporters in Belgium. “He’s a box striker, he’s a goalscorer. We’ve already seen in training that he really knows his craft.Advertisement Loading… “He knows how to play as a center-forward and he’s a fantastic professional, and human being, and he’s already added to the squad. The boys have learned his song already, so they’ve taken to him. “So I hope he’s going to sharpen up quickly because we know he’s been out of season and he needs to do a little bit extra after training most of the time and we try to give him as much game time as possible. Read Also:Odion Ighalo to lead Man Utd’s assault against Club Brugge “Unfortunately he didn’t score against Chelsea, he had a good chance, that would have been a good start, but I’m sure he will take his chances.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said January signing Odion Ighalo offers them something different, adding that he is expecting something extra-ordinary from the Nigerian player. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show Youlast_img read more

Aubameyang battles Calvert-Lewin, Fernandes for Premier League award

first_imgArsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award for February. In February, the Gabon international scored three goals in three matches to help Mikel Arteta’s side keep a record of two wins and a draw in their league fixtures. Read Also:Arteta ready to beg Arsenal chiefs to keep Aubameyang Aubameyang with 17 goals after 25 games is currently the joint-top scorer in the Premier League, alongside Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Aubameyang battles Manchester United’s January signing Bruno Fernandes, Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Matt Doherty, Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Burnley’s Nick Pope and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso for the monthly accolade.Advertisement Promoted ContentPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldGorgeous Staircases That Will Take Your Breath Away10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Superhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… last_img read more

Four Premier League clubs go after Coutinho

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes9 Fictional Universes We Wouldn’t Want To Live InThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth Philippe Coutinho’s desperation for a return to England has reportedly sparked interest from four top Premier League sides. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all said to have enquired about the Brazilian playmaker’s availability at the end of this season. The 27-year-old admits that he should never have quit Anfield in January 2018, when he joined Barcelona in a ‘dream’ £142million move. Coutinho has largely endured a nightmare in Catalonia, with his failure to make a significant impact seeing the Barca fans turn on him and often booing and jeering his underwhelming displays.Advertisement Last summer he joined Bayern Munich on loan, but the German giants have now indicated that they are not prepared to make it a permanent deal. Bayern paid a £7m loan fee and also agreed to pay Coutinho’s £240,000-a-week wages, but they will not commit to the asking price of £100m asking price for a permanent deal. And the report in the Sunday Mirror claims that all four English teams have the same view, with them all wanting the talented attacking midfielder on loan. Read Also:Philippe Coutinho rules out Liverpool return Although Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp reluctantly allowed Coutinho to leave, the report adds that he is not interested in bringing him back to Merseyside. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

St. Nicholas VB Teams Win Over Greendale

first_imgSt. Nicholas 7th and 8th grade teams defeated Greendale on Wednesday, August 20.7th Grade scores: St. Nick over Greendale 25-22 and 25-21.8th Grade also won in 2 sets with scores of 25-21 and 25-22.Courtesy of STN Coach Debbie Gregg.last_img

Martinez signs extension deal with Belgium

first_imgRoberto Martinez has signed a contract extension with Belgium. read also:Martinez tips Hazard for quick return from injury The new deal will see him remain in charge through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Transfer news: Latest gossip from Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Martinez took charge of the Red Devils in August of 2016 having been sacked by Premier League Everton in May. The 46-year-old has since helped Belgium to the summit of the FIFA World rankings – narrowly ahead of France and Brazil.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?No Good Disney Role Models For Boys?Best Car Manufacturers In The World10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

AS Roma partners Chipper to develop football in Africa

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better15 Celebs You Probably Didn’t Expect To Be CheerleadersWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be AwesomeTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be IconicTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love With8 Best 1980s Gadgets That Defined A DecadeThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Italian giant AS Roma has announced the club’s first commercial partnership with Chipper in advancing football in Nigeria and other African countries, reports. The partnership which sees Chipper becomes the club’s official Money Transfer Platform for Africa, kicks off with a powerful community impact project between Chipper and AS Roma, who are making special edition AS Roma x Chipper footballs, that are handmade in Africa and made to last 8x longer than standard synthetic balls. The balls will be distributed to grassroots programs in communities facing disadvantage in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and South Africa, as well as through AS Roma’s youth partners in Nigeria. “We are delighted to welcome Chipper into the AS Roma family,” said Giorgio Brambilla, Commercial Director at AS Roma. “We have been greatly impressed by what Chipper has already achieved in such a short space of time with their technology and financial solutions and their plans for the future are hugely ambitious.” Inspired by the Chipper’s mission to “chip away” at the financial challenges facing the region, AS Roma and Chipper have utilized their respective expertise to design a set of drills which incorporates financial education with football training. This fun, educational, and creative set of drills will not only be given out with each football but it will be made available for free to everyone. The special edition Chipper x AS Roma balls are being made in partnership with Alive and Kicking, the world’s only not-for-profit ball manufacturer and the only formal ball producer on the African continent. At the 2018 World Cup, with Italy having failed the qualify for the tournament, Roma famously lent its support to Nigeria’s national team, the Super Eagles, before becoming the first football club in the world to launch dedicated social media accounts in both Pidgin and Swahili, both of which will now be presented by Chipper. “Our mission at Chipper is to unlock opportunities and bring Africa together, one transaction at a time,” says Hasan Luongo, Vice President of Growth at Chipper. “At Chipper, we wanted a partner that shared our vision for unlocking opportunities and developing football in Africa and, in AS Roma, we have found the perfect fit. Partnering with AS Roma provides a unique opportunity to both celebrate and support AS Roma and the continent’s unmatched passion for the game of football.” About Chipper: Founded by Africans and built out by a global team, Chipper provides fair financial services that allow its users to move their money freely at home, across the continent and around the world. In providing a new way to transact, Chipper ‘chips away’ at the financial challenges facing the region. Learn more at Read Also: Anthony Okpotu eyes move to Germany About AS Roma: Founded in 1927, AS Roma plays in the world-renowned Italian Serie A football league. The team has won three Serie A titles, nine Coppa Italia titles, two Supercoppa Italiana titles and one Inter Cities Fairs Cup. AS Roma’s youth academy regularly produces more Serie A players than any other team in Italy and the club also communicates on social media in more languages than any club in the world, including Pidgin and Swahili. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more