I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport was one of the most on-time airports in Southeast Asia for the month of April, according to United Kingdom-based air travel intelligence company OAG Aviation. The only commercial airport in Bali placed sixth on OAG's top 10 list with a 76.5 percent on-time-performance (OTP), leaving behind other well-known airports in Southeast Asia, such as Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia and Don Mueang International Airport in Thailand. Other than Ngurah Rai, two other airports operated by state-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura I (AP I) were also included in the list, namely Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, East Java, and Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport in Makassar, South Sulawesi. Read also: Garuda Indonesia named world’s most punctual airline by OAG Ngurah Rai’s general manager, Haruman Sulaksono, warmly welcomed the achievement. "We are thankful that our attempt to provide the best service for our … [Read more...] about Bali’s Ngurah Rai among most on-time airports in Southeast Asia
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LONDON: Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah (pix) has returned an honorary degree awarded by Britain’s Oxford University after a global backlash led by celebrities including George Clooney and Elton John following his proposal to impose the death penalty for gay sex and adultery. Nearly 120,000 people had signed a petition by April calling on Oxford University to rescind the honorary law degree awarded in 1993 to the sultan, the world’s second-longest reigning monarch and prime minister of the oil-rich country. Oxford University said the sultan had decided to hand back the honorary degree on May 6, while it was reviewing its decision to award it. News of the decision was made public on Thursday. “As part of the review process, the university wrote to notify the sultan on April 26, 2019, asking for his views by June 7, 2019,“ the university said in an emailed statement to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. “Through a letter dated May 6, 2019, the sultan … [Read more...] about Brunei’s sultan returns Oxford degree after backlash
Brunei, Malaysian royalty competing Abac Cordero (The Philippine Star) - May 8, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — If things fall into place, the sport of kings, polo, may assure host Philippines of its first medal in the 30th SEA Games from Nov. 30 to Dec. 10. Team captain Mikee Romero said two gold medals will be staked in the sport that will lure royalty from Brunei, Malaysia and Thailand. “We’ll be happy with one of the two golds,” said the sportsman and incumbent congressman with Party List 1-Pacman. Romero is hoping that the SEA Games Federation will approve a higher handicap of seven goals instead of six. “If we can get seven, we can field our top player based in the US. He has a four-goal handicap (the highest being 10). Otherwise, we cannot field him,” said Romero. However, Romero, 47, assured their readiness. “We will do our best – as hosts, as competitors,” … [Read more...] about Brunei, Malaysian royalty competing
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN : Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah on Sunday extended a moratorium on the death penalty to incoming legislation prohibiting gay sex, seeking to temper a global backlash led by celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John. It sparked an outcry when it rolled out its interpretation of Islamic laws, or syariah, on April 3, punishing sodomy, adultery and rape with death, including by stoning. Brunei has consistently defended its right to implement the laws, elements of which were first adopted in 2014 and which have been rolled out in phases since then. However, in a rare response to criticism aimed at the oil-rich state, the Sultan said the death penalty would not be imposed in the implementation of the Syariah Penal Code Order (SPCO). Some crimes already command the death penalty in Brunei, including premeditated murder and drug trafficking, but no executions have been carried out since 1957. "I am aware that there are many questions and misperceptions with … [Read more...] about Brunei back-pedals death penalty law
When the budget airline Wow Air abruptly ceased operations earlier this year, thousands of travelers were left stranded and scrambling, on both sides of the Atlantic, to make alternate travel plans. The news, after months of speculation that the Icelandic airline was struggling financially, came at a period that has already been particularly difficult for low-cost carriers. Cyprus’ Cobalt Air, Pakistan’s Shaheen Air, and Primera, based in Denmark and Latvia, collapsed in October. In February, Flybmi and Germania filed for bankruptcy. For most, rising fuel costs and overexpansion led to their demise. Budget airlines are appealing to travelers because they offer much lower prices than major airlines. A flight to London from New York can cost around $1,000 on American Airlines, British Airways or another major carrier, but the same trip on low-cost Norwegian, for the same dates, can be around $600. Similarly, a flight from Washington to Paris costs around $1,200 on Air France, … [Read more...] about News Are budget airlines really worth it?