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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 we received from March 13 till the end of the week. This column updates regularly throughout the week.

Schneider Electric and Avarni Partner

Sydney, March 13: Schneider Electric, the global leader in the digital transformation of automation, energy management and sustainability, and Avarni, a leading carbon management platform helping companies quickly understand their emissions exposure, have announced a new collaboration leveraging AI-enabled technology to accelerate decarbonisation across the value chain. 
Under the new global partnership, Schneider Electric and Avarni will pair their leading-edge technologies to help clients understand, report, and forecast the Scope 3 footprint of value chains, accelerating the availability of quality data to drive better decisions and increase impact.
Schneider Electric clients will benefit from Avarni’s digital AI capabilities and emissions insights, delivered via Schneider Electric’s award-winning EcoStruxure Resource Advisor software.
The combination of these technologies, paired with Schneider’s global value chain decarbonisation consulting services, will improve the quality and accessibility of Scope 3 and value chain data, helping companies understand their complete climate exposure to set actionable targets for emissions reductions. 
Visit Schneider Electric and Avarni to learn more. 

FedEx Opens ACC in India  

India, March 13: FedEx has announced plans to open its first Advanced Capability Community (ACC) in Hyderabad, India this year.
The opening is part of a broader multi-year initiative to strengthen the recruitment and development of the company’s diverse workforce all around the world and build a more efficient and agile organisation to enhance how we deliver for our customers.
FedEx plans to set up ACCs in different parts of the world in the future.
Locations will be selected based on business needs and access to highly skilled talent pools. Each community is planned to be staffed by full-time FedEx team members across many functional areas who will provide shared services to support the technological and digital requirements of the entire FedEx enterprise. 

Diabetes Lifestyle Programme Launched 

Kuala Lumpur, March 14: The Diabetes Lifestyle Programme (DLP) was launched today in a bid to incorporate lifestyle intervention as an integral part of standard diabetes management practices. 
The intention is to improve treatment outcomes while reducing the burden of the disease on patients, their families, the healthcare system and the nation’s economy.
The programme was launched by Dr Zaliha Mustafa, Minister of Health Malaysia, who was represented by Dr Mohd Azman bin Yacob, Director, Medical Development Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia.  
The Diabetes Lifestyle Programme is only available through participating healthcare professionals.  Medical doctors, diabetes nurse educators, dietitians, pharmacists and other interested healthcare professionals may contact for more information.
For those with Type 2 Diabetes, talk to your healthcare provider about making lifestyle change and start practising it as part of your diabetes management.

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“Feel Sabah, North Borneo” launched at MATTA

Feel Sabah North Borneo at Matta Fair

Kuala Lumpur, March 17: The launch of Sabah Tourism new destination brand tagline “Feel Sabah, North Borneo” at the MATTA Travel Fair here will give a huge impetus to the growth of domestic tourism, says Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Christina Liew.
She stressed that the domestic market is still an important economic segment for Sabah, while we welcome international tourists from all parts of the globe.
Citing statistics from Sabah Tourism Board’s (STB) Research Division, Liew said domestic travelers contributed two-thirds of the total tourism arrivals in Sabah prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“For the pre-pandemic scenario, the total tourism arrivals in Sabah was 4.19 million visitors in 2019. That year, domestic tourism contributed 2.72 million arrivals while the figure for international arrivals stood at 1.47 million visitors. 
The Sabah Tourism booth is located at Booth no. 1E01, 1F01-1F16 and 1G01-1G08 at the Domestic Hall Level 1, Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) Kuala Lumpur. 
All are invited and admission is free. STB is also collaborating with Boost e-wallet to provide a RM80 credit that can be used at the Sabah stand over the duration of MATTA.

 MR D.I.Y. Dials Up Raya Mood

MR D.I.Y. dials up the Hari Raya mood with ‘Raya Serba Baharu’

Kuala Lumpur, March 17: Malaysians are gearing up for yet another festive season, with the month of Ramadan just around the corner. 
And well prepared to celebrate along with them is the nation’s favorite home improvement retailer, MR D.I.Y. Group [M] Berhad [MR D.I.Y.].
There’s a palpable level of excitement at the retailer’s 1,090 stores nationwide as they roll out a whole range of Ramadhan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri specials under the banner of “Raya Serba Baharu”. 
The special range of 140 items is available at selected stores from 15 March to 30 April 2023. For the first time ever, MR D.I.Y. Hari Raya Aidilfitri range includes brooches, dokoh kebaya and songkok, as well as baju melayu button.
MR D.I.Y. ‘s ‘Raya Serba Baharu’ promotion is available at selected MR. D.I.Y. stores across Malaysia.
For the full list of the Hari Raya Aidilfitri specials and details of promotions, visit:

ECRL Project Completes 10 Million Man-hours LTI Free

From left: Kong Qi, the Managing Director of CCC-ECRL, Datuk Seri Darwis Abdul Razak, the CEO of MRL, and Bahrudin Mamat, Director of Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Selangor, Ahmad Fauzi Awang, Director of DOSH Pahang, Abdul Aziz Salim, Director of DOSH Kelantan and Mohd Zahari Hitam, Director of DOSH Terengganu, joined forces to launch the ECRL Safety and Health Campaign 2023 with the aim of promoting safety awareness and best practices across the project site. 

Dungun, March 18: The East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) Project has achieved the industry milestone of 10 million safe man-hours without any lost-time injury (LTI), in line with continuous efforts to prioritise the safety and health of its workforce during the construction phase of the 665 km rail alignment.
The 10 million safe man-hours with zero LTI achievement was registered at the end of February 2023, underpinned by the implementation of safe work practices on a 24/7 basis and effective teamwork at all levels of the project.
Malaysia Rail Link Sdn Bhd (MRL), the project owner of the ECRL, and China Communications Construction (ECRL) Sdn Bhd (CCC-ECRL), the Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) contractor of the project, announced the remarkable achievement in conjunction with the launch of the ‘ECRL Safety and Health Campaign 2023’ at the project’s Section 4 casting yard in Dungun today.
The campaign with the theme ‘Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow,’ was jointly officiated by MRL Chief Executive Officer Datuk Sri Darwis Abdul Razak, CCC-ECRL Managing Director Kong Qi, and the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) Director-General Mohd Anuar Embi.
Also present were MRL Project Director Noor Azlan Salleh, CCC-ECRL Deputy Project Director cum Chief Engineer Deng Bo, General Managers of the respective ECRL sections along the alignment, Heads of Departments, and a host of senior officials from DOSH.

STB Wins Top State Tourism Award 

Sabah Tourism Board receiving the Leading State Tourism Board of the Year 2022 at the first-ever Asian Tourism and Hospitality Awards  in Kuala Lumpur, on March 17.

Kuala Lumpur, March 18: The Sabah Tourism Board (STB) has been adjudged the most outstanding tourism board for 2022 at the inaugural Asian Tourism and Hospitality Awards.
The award was presented during the ATHA 2022-2023 event co-organised by TIN MEDIA (Malaysia’s First Independent Travel Trade Media) and Asia Hospitality Human Resource Association (AHHRA) in Kuala Lumpur, on Friday (March 17).
STB chairman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai and chief executive officer Noredah Othman were on hand to receive the award.
The event also saw four travel and tour companies from Sabah receiving awards.
They are Amazing Borneo Tours and Events (Leading Tour Operator – Inbound Borneo);  Borneo Calling Tour and Travel (Leading Adventure Tour Operator); D’Seven Travel and Tours (Leading Travel Agency – Outbound Religious Pilgrimage); and Nadi Borneo Tours (Leading Tourism Transport Company – Land).

Shaikh Salman hails Uzbekistan Historic Win

Shaikh Salman hails Uzbekistan for historic AFC U20 Asian Cup™ triumph

Kuala Lumpur, March 19: AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has congratulated Uzbekistan on claiming their first-ever AFC U20 Asian Cup™ title after the hosts defeated five-time winners Iraq 1-0 in the AFC U20 Asian Cup™ Uzbekistan 2023 Final at the Bunyodkor Stadium in Tashkent on Saturday.
Roared on by a sold-out 33,834 capacity crowd, captain Umarali Rakhmonaliev’s successful conversion from the penalty spot in the 72nd minute earned the home side their maiden title. Consequently, the Central Asians joined the likes of Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia and Iraq as the only nations to have won the Asian title at the U17, U20 and U23 levels.
“On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Uzbekistan, led by head coach Ravshan Khaydarov, on this historic victory and I have every faith that this achievement will serve as an inspiration to the entire football community in Uzbekistan,” Shaikh said.
“Credit must also go to Iraq for showcasing exceptional consistency and fighting spirit in a thrilling final, which once again exemplified the undeniable talent emerging from Asia.
“The Uzbekistan Football Association (UFA) also deserves our praise for their investment in strengthening their youth development system, which forms the cornerstone of success at all levels, and I am confident that this latest triumph is just a sign of more to come at the senior level in the coming years.

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