Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AirAsia bolsters position as Malaysia’s best in Investor Relations

8 04 2014

 

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AirAsia bolsters position as Malaysia’s best in Investor Relations
 Recipient of three Corporate Governance Asia’s IR awards for 4 consecutive years at the 4th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2014
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SEPANG, 8 April 2014 – AirAsia defended its position as Malaysia’s best in corporate governance by being the recipient of three coveted excellence awards in Investor Relations (IR) by Corporate Governance Asia for four consecutive years.  
 
The airline was presented with the awards of ‘Best Investor Relations Company for Malaysia’, ‘Best CEO (Investor Relations) for Malaysia’ and ‘Best Investor Relations Officer for Malaysia’, at the 4th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2014 ceremony held in Hong Kong.
 
AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandesfour-time ‘Best CEO (Investor Relations) for Malaysia’ award recipient–said, “Winning the Best CEO award four times in a row is amazing, but this is not a personal achievement but instead a reflection of great teamwork that we have in AirAsia.”
 
“We always implement transparent communication with our investors pertaining to our forward plans and also the difficulties that we faced in achieving our goals. This is important to reinforce the trust of all our investors, for us to move strongly forward and accomplish all our objectives for this year. We expect 2014 to be a strong year for us and we have set targets to ensure the company remains lean and profitable through various cost initiatives, such as focus on automation at the current LCCT and klia2 when it is completed.”
For AirAsia, it is the airline’s fourth ‘Best Investor Relations Company for Malaysia’ award r since the honour was introduced in 2011, a testament of its commitment in constantly ensuring greater transparency and improved engagement with the investment community.  
 
Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia Berhad’s Head of Investor Relations who was awarded Corporate Governance Asia’s ‘Best Investor Relations Officer for Malaysia’ title for the fourth consecutive year said, “This is an unexpected win for me and I would like thank Corporate Governance Asia for the honour. This is further motivation to continue with our quest to provide transparent communication and the best engagement with our investors. This truly marks the IR team’s success in driving our initiatives among our investor community all over the region”.
 
The Asian Excellence Awards are designed to recognize the achievements and excellence in management acumen, financial performance, corporate social responsibility, environmental practices and investor relations.
 
These awards are also in the tradition of the high standards set and uphold by Corporate Governance Asia, the authoritative voice in corporate governance practices in the region. These honours are designed to inspire excellence among the different layers in corporate hierarchy, especially now that Asia continued to gain further recognition in the global arena as a favoured investment destination in view of its robust economic growth.
The ‘Best Investor Relations Company for Malaysia’ award from Corporate Governance Asia is AirAsia Group’s third accolade so far for 2014. In January, the airline received regional recognition at the 27th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2013 for ‘Best Asean Marketing & Promotional Campaign’ by the airline’s marketing team.
 
In the same month, AirAsia was also named by Euromoney as the winner of the ‘Best Managed Company in Asia for the Airlines & Aviation sector’, for the Euromoney Best Managed and Governed Companies – Asia Poll 2014.
 
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AirAsia kukuh kedudukan sebagai syarikat Perhubungan Pelabur terbaik Malaysia
 Penerima tiga anugerah Perhubungan Pelabur ‘Corporate Governance Asia’ untuk 4 tahun berturut-turut di acara 4th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2014’
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SEPANG, 8 April 2014 – AirAsia mempertahankan kedudukannya sebagai yang terbaik dalam urus tabdir syarikat, apabila dipilih sebagai penerima tiga anugerah berprestij Perhubungan Pelabur daripada   Corporate Governance Asia bagi empat tahun berturut-turut.
 
Syarikat penerbangan tersebut telah merangkul anugerah ‘Syarikat Perhubungan Pelabur Terbaik Malaysia’, ‘Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif  Terbaik (Perhubungan Pelabur) Malaysia’ dan ‘Pegawai Perhubungan Pelabur Terbaik Malaysia’, di majlis ‘4th Asian Excellence Recognition Awards 2014’ yang telah diadakan di Hong Kong.
 
Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan AirAsia Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, pemenang anugerah ‘Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif  Terbaik (Perhubungan Pelabur) Malaysia’ sebanyak empat kali, telah berkata, “Memenangi anugerah ini sebanyak empat kali berturut-turut merupakan satu kejutan besar, namun saya tidak menganggapnya satu pencapaian peribadi tetapi sebaliknya mencerminkan kerjasama berpasukan yang hebat di AirAsia.”  
 
“Kami sentiasa melaksanakan komunikasi secara telus bersama para pelabur berkenaan dengan perancangan kami dan juga rintangan yang dihadapi untuk mencapai segala objektif. Ia sangat penting bagi memastikan kepercayaan tinggi daripada para pelabur kami, untuk kami pergi lebih jauh ke hadapan dan mencapai objektif pada tahun ini. Kami menjangkakan tahun 2014 sebagai tahun yang kukuh bagi kami dan pelbagai sasaran perniagaan telah dirancang untuk memastikan syarikat sentiasa kos efektif dan menjana keuntungan melalui inisiatif pengurusan kos yang baik, seperti focus terhadap automasi di LCCT dan di klia2 pada masa akan datang.” 
 
Bagi AirAsia, ini merupakan kali keempat syarikat penerbangan itu menerima anugerah ‘Syarikat Perhubungan Pelabur Terbaik Malaysia’ semenjak ia diperkenalkan pada tahun 2011, mencerminkan komitmen dalam memastikan ketelusan dan perhubungan yang baik bersama komuniti pelabur.
 
Benyamin Ismail, Ketua Perhubungan Pelabur AirAsia Berhad dan penerima anugerah ‘Pegawai Perhubungan Pelabur Terbaik Malaysia’ empat tahun berturut-turut berkata, “Kemenangan ini merupakan satu kejutan dan saya ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada ‘Corporate Governance Asia’ di atas penganugerahan ini. Ia memberikan kami lebih motivasi bagi menjalankan tanggungjawab menyediakan perhubungan yang telus dan baik dengan para pelabur kami. Ini menandakan kejayaan pasukan perhubungan pelabur kami dalam mengemudi pelbagai inisiatif untuk menjalinkan hubungan erat di kalangan komuniti pelabur di rantau ini.” 
 
Anugerah Kecemerlangan Asia telah direka untuk mengiktiraf pencapaian dan kecemerlangan dalam pengurusan, prestasi kewangan, tanggungjawab sosial korporat, keprihatinan terhadap alam sekitar dan perhubungan pelabur.
 
Anugerah ini membawa tradisi serta standard kualiti yang ditetapkan dan ditegakkan oleh Corporate Governance Asia, organisasi berwibawa dalam sektor tadbir urus korporat di rantau ini. Anugerah yang diberikan direka untuk memberi inspirasi kecemerlangan di kalangan lapisan yang berbeza dalam hierarki korporat, terutamanya rantau Asia yang mendapat pengiktirafan di arena global sebagai destinasi pelaburan yang digemari disebabkan pertumbuhan ekonomi yang kukuh.
 
Anugerah ‘Syarikat Perhubungan Pelabur Terbaik Malaysia’ daripada Corporate Governance Asia ini ialah anugerah ketiga yang telah diterima oleh syarikat penerbangan tersebut bagi 2014. Pada bulan Januari, ia telah menerima pengiktirafan serantau di acara 27th ASEANTA Awards for Excellence 2013’ bagi ‘Pemasaran & Kempen Promosi Terbaik Asean’, satu usaha oleh unit pemasaran syarikat penerbangan itu.
 
Dalam bulan yang sama, AirAsia dinamakan sebagai pemenang anugerah ‘Syarikat Berpengurusan Terbaik di Asia bagi sektor Penerbangan & Aviasi’, di dalam acara pengundian tahunan  ‘Syarikat Berpengurusan dan Berpentadbiran Terbaik – Pengundian Asia 2014’ yang dianjurkan oleh Euromoney.

President of World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim: Recognise policy violations in the TATA Mundra plant.

8 04 2014
Aminaben
To Nksagar_1@yahoo.com
 
Today at 9:08 AM
 
Dear Naresh,


Bharat Patel is from my community. He is travelling from our village to the World Bank office in Washington, DC, USA. He will deliver my change.org petition with more than 23,000 signatures to the President of the World Bank.
Bharat will ask the him to not fund the expansion of Tata’s coal plant and to issue a concrete action plan for reparation and restoration.
Please send him your wishes and support. We need to gain as much public support as possible in the next few hours before he meets them. Sign my petition and forward it your friends.

President of World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim: Recognise policy violations in the TATA Mundra plant.

By Aminaben .
 
I am a fisherwoman. We depend on the sea for our livelihood.
My life along with ten thousands of others  is at stake. One of the biggest reasons is the Tata Mundra project, financed by the World Bank. President of the World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim, can save us if he hears from you and us.
The power plant has blocked our traditional route between the shore and the market; lobster and turtle breeding grounds are flattened. Effluence from the power plant has depleted fish catch.
Coal dust falling on fish out in the sun for drying makes it toxic and non-marketable. To make things worse,  coal dust from the coal conveyer belt affects the health of our children, the elderly and even animals.
Based on a complaint from us, International Finance Corporation (IFC – private sector arm of World Bank Group), did a scientific investigation of this project.
They concluded that this project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and at every stage of its execution. The project has not complied with any of their own policies which has caused this damage to our lives.
The findings of the report makes it very clear that IFC’s continued engagement with the project will negatively impact the people and environment. The person who has to make a final decision on this is the President of the World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim.
Despite such evidence of non-compliance, the World Bank president, Dr. Jim Kim, refuses to take any adequate action. Rather, he supported the management, who defended their financing and their client.
As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect more responsible action from Dr.Kim Jim.
We have started this petition urging him to:
1.       Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint;
2.       Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and
3.       Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion.
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Donetsk activists proclaim independence from Ukraine

8 04 2014

 

The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, a group of activists have declared their region independent from Kiev. This comes after protesters stormed a local government building last night.
Mass demonstrations against the country’s new leadership started peacefully on Sunday, but the situation quickly escalated.
Pro-Russian protesters in Donetsk have seized the local power building, including the headquarters of the Security Service of Ukraine and proclaimed the creation of a People’s Republic of Donetsk.
Ukraine’s police and security services have not interfered, although officials in Kiev are threatening punishment for the rioters.
Protesters have erected barricades around the Council building.
Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on April 7, 2014.(AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply)
Pro-Russian activists guard a barricade set at the Ukrainian regional Security Service building on the eastern city of Donetsk on April 7, 2014.(AFP Photo / Alexander Khudoteply)
Today at 12:20 local time, a session of the people’s Council of Donbass (Donetsk region) took place in the main hall of the Regional Council and unanimously voted on a declaration to form a new independent state: the People’s Republic of Donetsk.
The Council proclaimed itself the only legitimate body in the region until the regions in southeast Ukraine conduct a general referendum, set to take place no later than May 11.
“The Donetsk Republic is to be created within the administrative borders of the Donetsk region. This decision will come into effect after the referendum,” the statement said.
The Council in Donetsk issued an address to Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking for deployment of a temporary peacekeeping force to the region.
“Without support it will be hard for us to stand against the junta in Kiev,” said the address.
“We are addressing Russian President Putin because we can only entrust our security to Russia,” the statement said.
Screenshot from ustream.tv user artem77
Screenshot from ustream.tv user artem77
Rallies in support of the federalization of Ukraine continue in a number of cities in southeast Ukraine. Thousands of citizens have joined the protests, demanding the earliest possible federalization of the country.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior said that last night unknown persons stormed the Security Service of Ukraine building in the city of Lugansk and seized a weapons warehouse there. During the night’s clashes, nine people were reportedly injured.
Pro-Russian activistshold a rally in front of Ukraine's regional security service of Ukraine in Lugansk on April 6, 2014.(AFP Photo / Igor Golovniov )
Pro-Russian activistshold a rally in front of Ukraine’s regional security service of Ukraine in Lugansk on April 6, 2014.(AFP Photo / Igor Golovniov )
In the city of Kharkov protesters erected barricades around the buildings of the city and the regional administrations and the regional headquarters of Security Service of Ukraine.
There were brief clashes between supporters of the federalization of Ukraine and pro-EU demonstrators in downtown Kharkov. Protesters on both sides used fire crackers and stun grenades.
A demonstration against political repression in Ukraine has also being held in the southern regional center of Odessa.
Pro-Russian activists near the Kharkov city administration.(RIA Novosti / Chekachkov Igor)
Pro-Russian activists near the Kharkov city administration.(RIA Novosti / Chekachkov Igor)
The chiefs of security agencies of Ukraine are reportedly heading to the cities engulfed in protests.
The interim secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Andrey Parubiy, together with acting head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Valentin Nalivaichenko, are set to visit Lugansk. Interim Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema will visit Donetsk and acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has reportedly already arrived in Kharkov.
The coup-appointed acting president, Aleksandr Turchinov, has threatened that counter-terrorist measures could be taken against those who take up arms against the Kiev authorities, RIA news agency reported. On Thursday, the Ukrainian parliament will tighten laws regarding separatism and could possibly ban certain parties and organizations , Turchinov warned.
“What happened yesterday is the second stage of the special operation of the Russian Federation against Ukraine,” announced Turchinov in an address televised on Monday, sharing that an “anti-crisis command was set up last night” to deal with the crisis, Interfax-Ukraine reported.
Ukraine’s interim Foreign Minister Andrey Deschitsa announced on Monday that if the situation in the eastern regions escalates, the coup-appointed government in Kiev will take “much harsher” measures than those on the reunion of the Crimea with Russia. Deschitsa gave an assurance that members of the government are already working with local authorities.
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