February 2012

  • fac
29 Feb 2012 - 2:55pm
BANGKOK: Almost one in 10 Japanese manufacturers with operations in Thailand plans to relocate out of the kingdom after last year's devastating floods, a survey showed Wednesday.   Electronics makers were particularly hard hit, with more than half directly affected by the disaster, according to the poll of 1,345 companies by the Japanese...
  • japa
29 Feb 2012 - 2:15pm
BARCELONA: Japanese women are so fond of their phones, they even use them in the shower, say manufacturers. This makes waterproofing a must -- also good against rainstorms and accidents while texting on the toilet.   Panasonic and Fujitsu are touting their waterproof and dust-proof phones as they seek to charm the overseas market at the world...
  • sur
28 Feb 2012 - 6:53pm
BANGKOK: Asean cannot continue protecting its services sector as the region is opening up its market and moving towards the Asean Economic Community (AEC) by 2015. Asean Secretary-General Dr Surin Pitsuwan said today between 70 per cent and 75 per cent of foreign direct investments into the region went to the sector at the moment....
  • strat
28 Feb 2012 - 2:11pm
WASHINGTON: Wikileaks' decision to publish five million Stratfor emails swings a vast column of light on private intelligence firms, a murky and profitable corner of global business. But the view is less than flattering.   In any financial centre, war zone or mineral-rich backwater, private intelligence staff are easy to stumble across....
  • sol
27 Feb 2012 - 1:59pm
SAN GIULIANO: Rays of the winter sun bounce off gleaming mirrors on the tiny lake of Colignola in Italy, where engineers have built a cost-effective prototype for floating, rotating solar panels.   "You are standing on a photovoltaic floating plant which tracks the sun, it's the first platform of its kind in the world!" said Marco Rosa-Clot,...
  • murd
26 Feb 2012 - 8:41pm
LONDON: Rupert Murdoch's Sun on Sunday tabloid hit news stands on Sunday, replacing the defunct News of the World with a pledge to meet high ethical standards after a challenging chapter in its history.   The 80-year-old media baron personally supervised the production late Saturday at a printworks in Hertfordshire, north of London, showing...
  • paper
24 Feb 2012 - 4:26pm
LONDON: Rupert Murdoch launches his new Sun on Sunday tabloid in Britain this weekend, but faces a battle to win over the readers lost when he shut his scandal-hit News of the World last year.   The 80-year-old media baron announced the new title just a week before publication and is clearly relishing the chance to confound his critics by...
  • mat
23 Feb 2012 - 1:43pm
KUALA LUMPUR: It has been five months since Ahmad Jauhari Yahya took over the helm of Malaysia Airlines to examine ways to turn around the loss-making national carrier. After a sharp learning curve, given that he had no previous experience in the aviation industry, he is rather clear about what needs to be done. "It's about survival and winning...
  • plane
22 Feb 2012 - 3:24pm
SINGAPORE: Boeing said Wednesday around 55 of its flagship 787 Dreamliners have the potential to develop a fuselage shimming problem, but reiterated that the fault was being fixed.   Shims are used to fill in space between parts and industry publication Flightglobal has reported that improperly joined pieces had caused parts of the aircraft's...
  • fash
22 Feb 2012 - 2:02pm
MILAN: Italy's top designer brands are looking to China for salvation this year with revenues falling due to a debt crisis that has cast an air of gloom as Milan Fashion Week kicks off on Wednesday.   With Italians hurting from budget austerity and fears that an debt-laden Rome could follow Athens into the mire, the National Chamber of...