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Good Start By Mcphee In Qatar GP



KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) — Petronas Sprinta Racing rider John McPhee made a flying start to his season by securing second place in the Moto3 category of the Qatar Grand Prix at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar on Sunday.

The 25-year-old Briton clocked 38 minutes 08.994 seconds, just 0.053 second behind Spanish rider Albert Arenas Ovejero of Aspar Team Gaviota, who clinched his fourth Moto3 victory since 2018. Japanese rider Ai Ogura of Honda Team Asia came in third with a time of 38 minutes 09.285 seconds.

McPhee’s teammate Khairul Idham Pawi, fondly known as KIP, finished 26th out of 29 riders by posting 38 minutes 37.130 seconds in the 18-lap race, his first since returning from a 10-month layoff due to a right hand injury.

In the Moto2 race, Petronas Sprinta Racing duo Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon finished ninth and 14th after clocking 40:07.310 seconds and 40:12.909 seconds respectively.

Team principal Datul Razlan Razali was delighted with his riders’ performance in both Moto2 and Moto3, but felt that there is room for improvement in the Grand Prix of Americas in the United States next month.





“So all positive and we look forward to the next round. We do leave Qatar with uncertainty about where we are going next but the riders will just have to keep their heads down, focus and be ready for when the next race will be,” he said in a statement today.

Echoing his sentiment is team director Johan Stigefelt, who praised the riders for their performance in the curtain-raiser MotoGP races.

The top-tier MotoGP race was not featured in the Qatar GP, while the Thailand GP at the end of this month has been postponed due to growing concerns over the Covid-19 outbreak.


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Be Careful When Driving During The Flood Season – Follow These Tips By JPJ



We as Malaysians are advised to always be careful during the flood season. This is because we do not want unwanted incidents to happen especially related to life.

Drivers who drive vehicles during the flood season are also advised to take precautions.

To prevent any incidents such as accidents during the flood season, the Road Transport Department Malaysia (JPJ) has released some driving tips during the flood season.

Here are some tips:

1) Maintain low gear – 1 for manual cars, while D2 for auto cars and maintain during driving in floodwater.

2) Limit the speed between 5 to 15 km / h and distance your vehicle from the vehicle in front.

3) Find alternative routes and avoid areas flooded.

4) After the flood, dry the brakes. The way to dry the brakes is to drive slowly (limit to 10-15 km / h) while pressing the brake pedal and oil. This will produce heat that accelerates the drying of the brakes. When you feel a little grip, test the brake at a speed of 20-25 km / h. Repeat the process until you get a satisfactory grip.

Source: JPJ

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LATEST: RON95, RON97 Petrol Prices Up 1 Sen, Diesel Up 4 Sen



The retail price of RON95 and RON97 petrol will go up by one sen per litre while that of Diesel, up by four sen per litre for one week period starting midnight tonight.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance, based on the weekly retail pricing of petroleum products using the Automated Price Mechanism (APM) formula, the new price per litre for RON95 is RM1.90, RON97 (RM2.20), and Diesel (RM2.09).

It is said the government will continue to monitor the trends of global crude oil prices and take appropriate measures to ensure the continued welfare and wellbeing of the people.

Sources: MOF.

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Japan Might Cancel 2021 Olympic Games Due To Coronavirus




Japan allegedly planned to postpone the 2021 Olympics due to coronavirus in sobering news after yesterday’s inauguration festivities.

The Times announced on Thursday, January 21, that the Japanese government has “privately concluded” to cancel the already postponed 2021 Olympics due to increasing cases of COVID-19 worldwide.

Japan is trying to find a “face-saving way” to announce the decision that also “leaves open the possibility of Tokyo playing host at a later date,” according to the article written by Richard Lloyd Parry.

Japan’s current focus is to host the games in Tokyo in 2032, the next available year, which was originally scheduled to start on July 24, 2020, and then rescheduled to start on July 23, 2021.

“No one wants to be the first to say so but the consensus is that it’s too difficult,” a source told Lloyd Parry. “Personally, I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

The International Olympic Committee (I.O.C.) will, however, beg to differ from now on. The I.O.C. issued a statement earlier the same day saying that this summer the 2021 Olympics will go ahead as scheduled.

“We have, at this moment, no reason whatsoever to believe that the Olympic Games in Tokyo will not open on 23 July in the Olympic stadium in Tokyo,” said I.O.C. president Thomas Bach.

“This is why there is no plan B and this is why we are fully committed to make these Games safe and successful.” While Back was firm about the 2021 Tokyo Olympics happening, he did hint at potentially reducing the number of spectators as well as employing other precautions in order to ensure everyone’s safety.

“The priority is the safety,” Bach told Kyodo News. “When it comes to safety, then there can be no taboo.”

The I.O.C and Japanese Olympic organizers have openly sought to ensure that the 2021 Olympic Games will take place, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga calling the upcoming Olympics “a proof of human victory against the coronavirus.”

But senior I.O.C. member Dick Pound cast some doubt as to whether the event will actually take place, stating, “I can’t be certain because the ongoing elephant in the room would be the surges in the virus.”

Source: Vulture

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