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Happy New Year. Welcome to our ‘News In Brief’ column in which we digest all the news releases for you in no more than five paragraphs. Below are snippets of all the media releases that we received from Jan 2 till the end of the week. This column updates regularly throughout the week.

Sabah Tourism Starts The Year Strong   

CEO Sabah Tourism Board CEO Noredah Othman in blue welcoming passengers.

Kota Kinabalu, Jan 2: Sabah begins the year with the resumption of its first flight from Hong Kong.
The flight which arrived on 2nd January and was received with a welcome ceremony at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport, brought in 146 passengers.
Reinstated by AirAsia, the HKG-BKI route will operate twice a week, every Wednesday and Sunday, with a capacity of 186, for a total of 372 seat capacity a week.
AirAsia presently connects Kota Kinabalu to five major international cities: Singapore, Manila, Bangkok, Taipei and Hong Kong.
With the resumption of the Hong Kong – Kota Kinabalu route, Sabah now receives 64 weekly direct international flights. Other direct flights are from South Korea (29), Singapore (14), Philippines (6), Brunei (5), Taiwan (4), Japan (2) and Thailand (2). Sabah will continue to improve access to the state by increasing the number of international flights from major foreign cities.

Cryptocurrency Trading Drops

London, Jan 3: According to CryptoCompare, cryptocurrency trading volume has declined from 14.726 trillion in 2021 to 7.974 trillion in 2022, a drop of nearly 46 percent.
Last January finished as the month with the highest crypto trading volume at $841.29 billion while May ($830.45 billion) and March ($744.64 billion) were next on the list of months with the highest trading volume.
Even though it finished as the second-highest month, monthly crypto trading volume fell by 63 percent year-over-year in May, the second-largest decline of any month.
December saw the biggest percentage decline in crypto trading volume at 68 percent.

CCCECRL Responds To Flood Victims 

CCCECRL responds to the plight of flood victims in the East Coast. Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 4: In response to the recent flash floods in the East Coast, China  Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCCECRL) is committed to supporting and aiding flood  victims in the East Coast region through a series of ongoing efforts to help the affected communities.
Recently, CCCECRL jointly donated 800 bags of flood relief aid to the flood victims in the East Coast with  Malaysian Rail Link (MRL).
“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to all those affected. CCCECRL stands in solidarity with  the flood victims of the East Coast, ready to aid them in any way we can and continue to work closely with  the authorities to alleviate the situation,” Deputy Project Director & Chief Engineer of CCCECRL Deng Bo  said.
“Our hearts go out to all the communities affected by the flood.
“As part of our commitment to the East  Coast region, CCCECRL has ongoing efforts to continue providing the necessary to help ease the difficulties  faced by the victims.”
In the recent flooding disaster in Terengganu, CCCECRL promptly dispatched three trucks from Section 3  to assist in distribution flood relief aids to the victims in Hulu Setiu, Terengganu upon receiving requests  from Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Setiu. 

FedEx’s New MD

FedEx Express Appoints Tien-Long Woon as New Managing Director in Malaysia. Supplied.

Kuala Lumpur, Jan 4: FedEx Express (FedEx), a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, appointed Tien-Long Woon as the new Managing Director of FedEx Express Malaysia. |He succeeds Siang-Chung Chong, who retired from FedEx after 19 years of service.
Tien-Long joined FedEx Express Malaysia in 2010 as Senior Engineer for Planning and Engineering.
He was promoted to Senior Manager of Operations in 2015 and was responsible for business development in the Northern and Eastern regions of the country.
In his new role, Tien-Long will lead a team of nearly 900 team members in Malaysia.
He will continue to oversee FedEx operations in Thailand until his successor is announced.

Tests Could Help Reduce Colonoscopies

Adelaide, Jan 5: Screening for bowel cancer using at-home faecal immunochemical tests could help to reduce the frequency of colonoscopies for some at above-average risk individuals, with a new study finding there is a low risk of advanced tumours following multiple negative tests.
“Due to the risks, costs and burden on the health care system from surveillance colonoscopies for bowel cancer, there is a need to explore how we can further personalise screening intervals,” study lead author Dr Molla Wassie, an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Fellow in the Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute said.
“While people at a high-risk are encouraged to undertake surveillance colonoscopies every one to five years depending on their family history and prior colonoscopy results, faecal immunochemical tests could be one way of identifying those who could extend their surveillance interval out further.”
Published in pre-print in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the team conducted a retrospective study of more than 3300 individuals enrolled in the Southern Cooperative Program for the Prevention of Colorectal Cancer (SCOOP), an SA-based bowel cancer surveillance program.
The study participants had no bowel cancer found at their previous colonoscopy and had been recommended to have another in three to five years, while also being sent a faecal immunochemical test annually.

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