1. Flights severely disrupted in Hong Kong for a second day
  2. Cops certain body found in jungle is missing Irish teen
  3. Maxis on track for 5G
  4. MIDF expects distributive sales to remain positive in Q3
  5. MTI Expects GDP Growth to be “0.0 to 1.0 Per Cent” in 2019

Anti-government protesters severely disrupt Hong Kong International Airport for second day
Anti-government protesters have severely disrupted air travel for a second straight day, forcing Hong Kong International Airport to suspend check-in services for all departing flights. The Airport Authority announced on Tuesday afternoon that only passengers checked in before 4.30pm would be able to fly. Incoming flights for the rest of the day would continue. Thousands of demonstrators occupied the area around the check-in aisles from about 2.30pm, before making their way towards departure gates in an escalation of their protest, while at least 1,000 remained in the arrivals section. Yesterday, protesters prevented passengers from checking in or clearing security, forcing the cancellation of all flights in and out of the city from 4pm. On Monday, Beijing warned that the escalating violence was showing “signs of terrorism”. Yang Guang, a spokesman for the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office (HKMAO) under the State Council, read out a stern statement to Hong Kong media in Beijing in the afternoon, saying the city had come to a “critical moment” and vowing to clamp down on violent crime with an “iron fist”. The central government’s representative office in Hong Kong also described the escalating violence as “terrorist acts” in a separate statement. … SCMP

Cops certain body found in jungle is missing Irish teen
Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Mazlan Mansor this evening said the police are certain that a body of a female found in the jungle area near The Dusun resort in Negri Sembilan, was missing Irish teen, Nora Anne Quoirin,15. He said she was found without any clothes on her. “The body was found in a stream inside a ravine… she was completely naked,” he added. He also confirmed that the rescuers had used a police helicopter to winch the body and the deceased will be brought to the Seremban hospital for a post mortem. “The family will also go to the hospital now for official confirmation on the body,” he said. Datuk Mazlan said that the location where the body was found was merely 2.5km from The Dusun resort. Earlier, the Lucie Blackman Trust confirmed that a body was found in the search for Nora Anne Quoirin. The trust, which represents the family, said it cannot be immediately confirmed if the body belonging to a white Caucasian female was that of Nora Anne. “However, it sadly seems likely.

Maxis on track for 5G readiness with A.I. Network
Maxis said it had been building an advanced and intelligent network, dubbed the A.I. Network, which was ready to support fifth generation (5G) speeds, resilience and latency demands. Developed with Maxis’ in-house capabilities, the A.I. Network is built upon 5G-ready infrastructure with the widest fibre-optic footprint to mobile base stations across the country. Chief Technology Officer Morten Bangsgaard said Maxis’ A.I. Network self-optimised data traffic along the most efficient routes, and even self-heals by anticipating and rerouting traffic around potential problem areas. “With 5G and fibre expected to be at the heart of our evolving digital lifestyles, a highly intelligent network will work hard for us, so that we can focus on providing the best possible customer experience. “Our own-built A.I. Network is also a testament of our focus on building our capabilities and encouraging our talent to be a big part of this exciting journey,” he said in a statement.

MIDF expects distributive sales to remain positive in Q3
MIDF Research expects the positive momentum in distributive trade sales recorded in the second quarter of 2019 — which grew by 6.1 per cent year-on-year (y-o-y) — to continue into the third quarter. The optimistic outlook was underpinned by low inflation, stable job market and supportive monetary and fiscal policy changes such as the overnight policy rate (OPR) cut and stabilised retail fuel price. “Nevertheless, the high base effect from the tax holiday period last year could influence the outcome,” the research house said in a note today. Distributive trade hit a new record high at RM112.3 billion in June 2019 despite the contraction in motor vehicles sales and tepid moderation in retail sales growth. “Looking ahead, we foresee domestic demand to continue increasing in the upcoming months, buoyed by the OPR cut, stable job market and low inflationary pressure,” it added.

MTI Expects GDP Growth to be 0.0 to 1.0 per cent in 2019
Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced that the GDP growth forecast for 2019 has been downgraded to 0.0 to 1.0 per cent, with growth expected to come in at around the mid-point of the forecast range. The Singapore economy grew marginally by 0.1 per cent on a year-on-year basis in the second quarter, moderating from the 1.1 per cent growth in the previous quarter. On a quarter-on-quarter seasonally-adjusted annualised basis, the economy contracted by 3.3 per cent, a reversal from the 3.8 per cent growth in the first quarter. The manufacturing sector contracted by 3.1 per cent year-on-year, sharper than the 0.3 per cent contraction in the previous quarter. Manufacturing output was largely weighed down by output declines in the electronics, transport engineering and precision engineering clusters. The wholesale & retail trade sector contracted by 3.2 per cent year-on-year, larger than the 2.5 per cent decline in the previous quarter. Growth was driven by the IT & information services segment, which expanded at a robust pace on the back of healthy demand for IT solutions. Looking ahead, GDP growth in many of Singapore’s key final demand markets in the second half of 2019 is expected to slow from, or remain similar to, that recorded in the first half.

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