This July 20, 1969, photo obtained from Nasa and taken by Neil Armstrong, shows astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon’s Sea of Tranquility. ― Neil Armstrong/Nasa/AFP pic
PARIS, July 8 — Half a century has passed — but the moment Moon pioneer Neil Armstrong took his historic first step on the lunar surface is etched in the memories of those who tuned in. The grainy pictures coming back on the night of July 20, 1969, from a quarter of a million miles (380,000 kilometres) away fascinated viewers young and old.AFP spoke to some, who recalled their joy and emotion, including Dafydd Williams, now a Canadian astronaut with Nasa who has twice been into space — in 1998 and 2007 but who was a schoolboy back then.Dafydd Williams“It was a pretty remarkable day. The sixties was this decade of exploration and the highlight of the decade was humans walking on the surface of the Moon.“If you were alive at that time, everybody remembers where they were.“I was fifteen years old at the time, at home watching it with my family glued to the television set, which was black and white because we didn’t have money to afford a colour TV.“It changed the course of history and for me it demonstrated the fact that the seemingly impossible is actually possible.“Watching Nasa going from never having flown humans in space in 1960 to have humans walking on the surface of the Moon in 1969... what an incredible decade!”Jackie Stewart Formula One champion Stewart was a friend of Armstrong and also of Eugene Cernan, the last man to date to walk on the Moon in December 1972.“I was in the Playboy Club in New York with Roman Polanski and my wife Helen. I knew a lot of the astronauts because they were coming to see Formula One and Indycar races. I was blown away by what I was seeing,” said Stewart, who with his son Mark produced a 2014 documentary, Last Man on the Moon.Brigitte Bardot “I was in Normandy on that night of July 20-21,1969. I was shooting the Bear and the Doll,” recalled the French screen icon.“I watched this miracle without really believing it, it was so extraordinary, unachievable — and yet they did it.“Human genius can reach the divine.”Claudia CardinaleThe Italian actress, then aged 31, has hazy memories of exactly where she was when she saw the broadcast. But “a few months later, Neil Armstrong, who was an amateur trumpeter, dropped by for a house party (in the Rome countryside), invited by Franco Cristaldi,” Cardinale’s first husband.“My brothers accompanied. We’d hired two trumpets — one got bent by Neil in a state of inebriated joy.”Pierre Cardin “I was on the Champs-Elysees, with thousands of people, waiting for the dream to become reality,” said the fashion designer, then 47, now 96. “When Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon I felt an immense satisfaction. We were all awaiting news and this triumph was greeted with a shriek of joy shared by the thousands of people around me.“Nobody believed (it could happen) a few years earlier but I always was sure it would come to pass. It was a great leap forward for humanity,” said Cardin, who later would meet Armstrong and mission colleague Buzz Aldrin.Bertrand PiccardThe Swiss psychiatrist and aviator was 11 at the time and recalled how “I was lucky enough to be invited to Cape Kennedy to watch the rocket take off on July 16 as my father worked for Nasa.“On July 20, I was at a restaurant with my family at Palm Beach, Florida, when a Nasa official tipped off my mother that we had to hurry up and get back as the astronauts leaving (the module) had been brought forward two hours. “We rushed home as quickly as we could. Shortly beforehand, my father had bought a television especially for the occasion.“I remember the first step as if it were yesterday. I had the impression I was watching the most important event in the history of humanity. I still think so...Boris Volynov Volynov was a 34-year-old Russian cosmonaut who saw his country, after taking an early lead in the space race, beaten to the Moon by the Americans.“Of course we felt a certain rancour as we had our own Moon programme. I was myself in training to walk in lunar gravitation conditions. We had all dreamed of one day walking on the Moon,” said Volynov, who flew on two Soyuz missions.“We feared the Americans were getting ahead of us as our programme was losing momentum,” said Volynov, adding that two competing Russian programmes meant that “we ended up being overtaken.”He later met Armstrong.“We quickly became friends, communicating via a Soviet translator. The pictures of us saluting one another were only declassified after the break-up of the Soviet Union.Alain ProstFrench four-time Formula One champion Prost was just 14 when Armstrong made his great leap but “it’s one of those memories which always stay with you.“My parents had a little studio at Cannes and we were on holiday. I still recall that day so clearly — I remember looking at the TV and the Moon simultaneously and saying to myself ‘what’s going on?’“It’s a crazy memory —- you felt something is happening. At the time we thought it was totally impossible.”Jean-Michel Jarre The composer of electronic music watched the broadcast live and recalls “celebrating the era when we had a vision and an appetite for the future — it was an absolute inspiration for musicians, filmmakers and writers. Pop culture was born at the same time as the beginning of the conquest of space.” — AFP [...]
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German car giant BMW said Friday its boss Harald Krueger (picture) would not seek another term when his current office runs out next April.
“The Supervisory Board will address the matter of succession in its next meeting on 18 July 2019,” said the group in a statement.
Krueger, 53, had been under pressure over criticism that he has not moved swiftly enough in steering the group through the shift from combustion to electric engines, according to German media.
Krueger took the helm at BMW in May 2015, shortly before the diesel emissions scandal broke at rival Volkswagen and dragged the German automotive sector into a cloud of general suspicion.
With tougher anti-pollution measures gradually coming into force, the car group, like other European auto giants, has been forced to shift gears to electromobility.
“After more than ten years in the Board of Management, more than four of which as the CEO of the BMW Group, I would like to pursue new professional endeavours and leverage my diverse international experience for new projects and ventures,” said Krueger, who has worked more than 27 years at BMW.
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Anwar said he disagreed with Farhash over the latter’s call for Azmin to quit his posts if found guilty over the sex video scandal. — Picture by Ahmad Zamzahuri
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A worker collects palm oil fruit after being harvested at a plantation in Kampung Bukit Hijau, Kuala Selangor March 14, 2018. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim
KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 — Malaysia must be one step ahead in planning ways to react to the price volatility in the palm oil market to protect the country’s source of income, as well as the wellbeing of the smallholders, Council of Eminent Persons chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin said.He said since Malaysia is a small country and 80 per cent of its crude palm oil (CPO) and palm oil-based products are exported, it is vital for the country to team up with Indonesia, the world largest producer of the commodity, especially in tackling the challenges from the European Union and the US-China trade dispute.“We must work together with Indonesia because Malaysia alone is a small nation (with 31 million people as at 2017) and together with Indonesia, home to 264 million people, we can fight the battle together,” he told Bernama.Noting that the price of CPO depends on the market forces, he said: “This is normal even during my time. So it’s not something new, but now, with the ongoing threats coming from the EU and the US-China trade dispute, we need to be smart.”Daim said while it is a good news that the US and China are about to wrap up their trade talks, the Malaysian government, its agencies and industry players must also be alert on what transpired during the deals.In March last year, US President Donald Trump imposed tariffs of up to 25 per cent on Chinese imported goods and likewise the Chinese government retaliated by imposing tariffs of 25 per cent on US$110 billion (RM455 billion) worth of US goods, including soybean, which is the US’s most important agricultural export crop.This has opened up more opportunities to the other edible oils, including palm oil.“But don’t react when it’s too late, because it might affect our market and the smallholders,” he said.China is the third largest buyer of Malaysian CPO after India and the EU.But following the signing of the new deal on the East Coast Rail Link project on Monday, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Putrajaya will take advantage of the agreement and work out the purchase of palm oil from China.Meanwhile, Daim, who was former finance minister, urged youths to venture into modern agriculture using the latest technology.“There are crops that we can plant using science and technology and they can either grow vegetables, fruits or they can also be in the fishery industry. They can consider this to be their full-time or part-time job.“I went to Sabah recently where I’d visited one entrepreneur’s farm. He has about 5,000 cows, fish ponds, as well as pineapple and durian plantations. I asked him how much revenue he earned. He did not answer but I’m assuming he must be earning about RM500 million yearly.“I believe we can also do that here but the most important thing is that we need to ensure that we produce good quality products.“We also need the full commitment from the government on modern farming,” he said. — Bernama [...]
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KL police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim speaks to reporters after conducting a walkabout at Cheras Leisure Mall in Kuala Lumpur January 23, 2019. — Picture by Firdaus Latif
KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — Police will be calling for a meeting with Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) to discuss cooperation in raising the level of security of commuters in public transport areas soon.Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said this followed the case of a woman who was attacked before being robbed in the lift of Taman Mutiara MRT station last month.“We have ordered the mobile patrol vehicles (MPV), motorcycle patrol unit (URB) and other action squads to assist in ensuring security at MRT stations,” he said at a media conference on a High Profile Policing (HPP) programme in Tesco Extra area in Taman Midah, Cheras near here today.He said the security personnel in a public service area had been told to report any criminal activities to police. “Do not act alone as the criminal may react unexpectedly including hurting anyone. “I am also proposing that the party responsible increase the number of close-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to improve coverage,” he said.Meanwhile, he said Kuala Lumpur police had succeeded in lowering the crime index by 17 cases or by 68 per cent last year in Taman Midah Tesco Extra area. “This indirectly showed the effectiveness and commitment of police in carrying out their duties to ensure public safety,” he said. — Bernama [...]