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KUCHING: UK’s most influential dancehall toaster and festival goers can work up a serious sweat during his most anticipated performance – Macka B will be one of the highlights at Rainforest World Music Festival.

A British-born Jamaican reggae artist, performer and activist with a career spanning nearly four decades in the United Kingdom and Jamaica. He also has built a career on his insanely unique delivery and stage presence, with rough and gravely vocals, complete with a voice unline few others on this planet, Macka B instantly indentifiable sound – rich and emotive. Moreover, He has used his music to push dancehall back towards Rastafarian political consciousness, while bringing elements from other branches of the reggae tree like roots, dub and lovers rock.

Jamaica’s music influence has spread throughout the world and almost everyone is familiar with this island’s reggae that is situated in the sub oceanic basin of the western Atlantic Ocean feature African musical elements that formed the basis of Jamaican music.

Dancehall reggae is described as modern Jamaican music and is a sub-genre of reggae. Often referred to as reggae’s rebellious counterpart, dancehall music first emerged as an underground genre attracting large crowds on street corners, thus resembling a dance hall, hence its name.

A Rastafarian with political consciousness, his songs are devoted to spiritual and social messages. He has many songs hit the No. 1 spot on the Reggae charts, won numerous awards and produced albums that display an ability to move between serious and lighter hearted subject matters. Earlier albums like the landmark Sign of the Times (1986) and Looks are Deceiving (1988) are marked by dark political undertones with a constant eye on the struggle and strive of everyday life.

While fans know him for his music with impressive fan base sprouted following his popularity, the currently on-going “Medical Mondays” web series where he shares his ever-growing knowledge of bodily health and veganism that spawned a surprise smash hit when his raps on the health benefits of cucumbers appropriately titled Cucumba went viral, racking up over a million views.

At Rainforest World Music Festival Macka B will take over the DJ set on the After Party Stage on the Friday night.


The Rainforest World Music Festival takes place on July 12-14 at the Sarawak Cultural Village and is organised by the Sarawak Tourism Board, endorsed by Tourism Malaysia and is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth Sports Sarawak.

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UK to be Key Market for Sarawak Tourism Board’s Promotional Activities

UK to be Key Market for Sarawak Tourism Board’s Promotional Activities

Sarawak Tourism Board unveiled the Visit Sarawak Year logo yesterday on November 7, 2018, as a precursor to its official launch in January 2019 at an industry event held in London today.

The Visit Sarawak logo will be the anchor emblem for the Visit Sarawak campaign.

Sarawak Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports, Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Hamzah said that the Visit Sarawak campaign is envisioned to place Sarawak on the tourism map as one of the preferred tourism destinations in Southeast Asia.

“The tagline, “More to Discover” underscores Sarawak Tourism Board’s strategy to position the state as a plethora of culture, adventure, nature, food, and festivals (CANFF) offerings that are not found anywhere else in the world, and ready to be discovered,” he said.

“Last year, we received 33,399 more British tourists as compared to 31,274 in 2016 a 6.79% increase which is a good indicator of gaining interest from travellers from the UK market”.

As of July this year, Sarawak received 19,784 arrivals from the UK and with the hope to reach a 10% growth this year.

He cited that the seven days Kuching combine with Mulu packages which are favoured by tourists from the UK with Central Sarawak being a rising attraction.

“We will be looking to intensify efforts to increase arrivals from the UK in the coming year while at the same time to increase their length of stay to at least 10 days in Sarawak”.

British tourists can now look forward to more new packages that will provide competitively priced offerings focusing on culture, adventure, nature, food and festivals, he added.

Sarawak had recorded a total spending of RM8.59 billion from tourism in 2017, which accounted for 7.9% of its gross domestic product (GDP).

International arrivals to Sarawak clocked in at 2.6 million last year. Some of the key international markets for Visit Sarawak will be UK, Germany, the Benelux, China, Australia, and ASEAN countries. ASEAN countries were a key source of visitors, which accounted for 48.98% or 2.38 million arrivals in 2017.

The newly-minted Sarawak Tourism Board CEO, Askor said, “Digital will be a large part of our campaign. Besides creating content on digital platforms to reach out to our markets, we are also developing a mobile app which will anchor the discovery process for all our visitors.”

Sarawak Tourism Board’s new logo multi-coloured logo spells out “Sarawak” with the tagline, “More to discover” to represent the aspirations of the campaign.

Comprising seven colours, in curled script, the red and yellow colours represent the state flag while orange represents the strong spirit and vibrant energy of the different ethnic communities within Sarawak, which is quintessential to Sarawak’s diverse tourism proposition. Green is used to represent the verdant rainforests abundant with wildlife and blue is used to represent the calmness of the ocean along Sarawak’s long coastline.

The uniqueness of the logo is augmented by the hornbill, which replaces the letter “A,” representing Sarawak’s moniker, “Bumi Kenyalang,” or “Land of the Hornbills” that the State has been known for many years, which is also an important symbol of luck to the indigenous people of Sarawak.

Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor (second left) at the prize presentation to the grand prize lucky draw winner that night, Jayne Byott (centre), Corporate Events Manager of J.M.B. Associates, United Kingdom. Also present at the occasion are Tuan Haji Ibrahim Noordin, STB Board of Director (second right), Richard De Villa, Marketing Manager UK Europe, Malaysia Airlines (right) and Rosmarie Wong of The Ranee Boutique (left).


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Cruise transport grows in Asia

A Princess Cruises boat in Alaska. The association will work from Singapore subsequent yearto yield short-haul convenience tripsA Princess Cruises boat in Alaska. The association will work from Singapore subsequent year
to yield short-haul convenience trips

The segment will have some-more journey transport options subsequent year with a entrance of a mega-cruise company.

CARNIVAL, a world’s largest journey group, denounced a Asian enlargement plans, presaging a informal marketplace for convenience voyages will grow dramatically within a decade.

South-East Asia in sold will be a pivotal focus, a association pronounced as it announced that one of a brands, Princess Cruises, will work from Singapore by subsequent year to yield short-haul convenience trips.

“Carnival is unequivocally investing a lot in Asia. We are perplexing to kindle a direct of a market. Today, it’s a bit still as cruising is not good known,” Pier Luigi Foschi, authority and arch executive of Carnival Asia, said.

“South-East Asia is a pivotal marketplace to rise cruising since it is a year-round experience. The seas are typically ease and a vicinity are beautiful, quite for short-haul cruises.”

Carnival’s brands embody Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Seabourn, AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Ibero Cruises, PO Cruises in Australia and PO Cruises in Britain.

Foschi, vocalization on a sidelines of a press conference, cited attention forecasts that journey liners will see a sum of 7 million passengers a year by 2020 in Asia, adult from only above one million now.

The Sapphire Princess will be deployed to Singapore from Nov 2014 to Feb 2015. The oppulance liner, that can lift 2,670 passengers, will pierce travellers from Singapore to cities and outlandish destinations in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Carnival already has a participation in China by a Costa Cruises brand, while Princess Cruises is environment adult emporium in Japan this month.

“As journey lines are being deployed into a market, a marketplace starts to develop. Slowly during first, though afterwards they strech a vicious mass,” pronounced Alan Buckelew, arch executive and boss of Princess Cruises.

“Our ships pierce to where we trust a direct is strongest.”

Singapore, a informal aviation hub, has also taken stairs to benefit a bigger cut of a flourishing journey transport market. In Oct final year, it non-stop a new journey depot able of berthing a world’s biggest oppulance liners. – AFP

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Channel Islands: Channelling dual nations

Flowers lush on Alderney.Flowers lush on Alderney.

Nearer to France than England, a Channel Islands in a English Channel, administered by Britain, have a aberration about them that is conjunction British nor French.

FOR centuries, many outsiders, myself included, have been drawn regularly to a Channel Islands, and their attract and recognition shows no pointer of diminishing, even in a 21st century.

For visitors there are 5 categorical islands, all charity opposite scenery, culture, traditions and activities.


Alderney is a third largest Channel Island and possesses a clever particular identity. Many people review a atmosphere on a island to a England of a 1950s, as there is a genuine clarity of village among a residents.

And time seems to have stood comparatively still.

Other quirks embody a language, since until comparatively recently French and a island’s possess chapter were spoken. Nowadays English is a initial denunciation of residents though place names are still in French.

However, a hull of a darker new past are still sparse opposite a island from World War II when it was assigned by a Nazis. The whole race of a islands was private by a Germans so that thoroughness camps could be built there. The stays of a German function are sparse everywhere, though are now a renouned source of scrutiny for immature children unknowingly of their sinister past.

Most people who come here are possibly families looking for a place where a children can openly try a panorama and forts or play on a beach, or they are are comparison couples relishing a still gait of life. However, if we are seeking more, afterwards Alderney has a comparatively sharp-witted night stage with many pubs and restaurants, confirming a island’s ancient repute among a other Channel Islands as being populated by drinkers.

While we are there, a one thing not to be missed is a tour on Alderney’s railway, a usually one on a Channel Islands. The really resting float takes one from a collateral of St Anne’s to a aged Mannez Quarry, and for usually £3 (RM15) per person, it represents value for money.

Causeway joining Big and Little Sark.Causeway joining Big and Little Sark.


I initial visited a second largest of a Channel Islands as a 13-year-old on a propagandize trip, and we desired a scores of uncrowded beaches, nation lanes and deserted fortifications available exploration.

In fact, for a little island, Guernsey offers a startling volume of open spaces and activities for children. Returning over 20 years after as an adult, we detected it had mislaid nothing of a charm, nonetheless we was some-more demure to stand atop a aged German pillboxes perched precariously on tip of cliffs.

I was also struck by a volume of flowers everywhere, with a whole island infrequently feeling like a hulk garden centre.

The lifelike collateral of St Peter Port, with a cobbled streets and charming boats bobbing in a gulf is a good place to make your base, though many of a fun in Guernsey is to be found exploring a beaches and background or strolling along a cliff-tops. However, distinct some of a smaller islands, Guernsey offers lots of synthetic attractions targeted during a traveller market.

For story buffs, there is Castle Cornet in St Peter Port’s harbour, that houses museums and reconstructions detailing life for a castle over a centuries. There is also a busted Gothic Vale Castle and a easy 12th century Sausmarez Manor, with a grave gardens and sculptor park.

More new story centres on a German occupation, with a German Military Underground Hospital in La Vassalerie, and a German Occupation Museum giving an engaging glance into this period.

When we are sleepy from visiting ancestral sites, purify beaches, or visiting garden centres, know that Guernsey is also famous for a cream teas and buttery fudge.


Jersey is a largest and many different of a Channel Islands, as it combines being an off-shore financial centre, home to city forms in pin-stripe suits, with an ancient story and traditions and kilometres of untried seashore and countryside.

The ardent collateral of St Helier, that is home to a banking firms, is a place to conduct for if we wish top-class restaurants and nightlife, nonetheless it is also a good bottom from that to try a island. For families, divided from a apparent attractions of a beaches, there are a Island Duck tours, with an amphibious coach, a Durrel Wildlife Park, a Aquasplash Water Park and Living Legend Theme Park.

However, a island’s birthright is a large pull to visitors and a iconic 13th century Orgueil Castle, that adorns countless postcards of Jersey, is open to visitors, as are La Corbiere Lighthouse and Elizabeth Castle and St Aubin’s Fort.

All of these buildings are home to ominous museums detailing their history. Other museums rarely endorsed are a Jersey Museum in St Helier, a Battle of a Flowers march in Ouen and a Jersey War Museum.

Like a other islands, Jersey’s attract is in a slower gait of life and untried beaches and countryside. However, in gripping with a atmosphere of sophistication, it does offer some things a others do not – such as a event to representation apple brandy and wines during La Mare Wine Estate.


The little island of Sark was, until recently, still run as a feudal kingdom, headed by a Seigneur, though now a personality and council are inaugurated as a place creates some concessions to a 21st century.

However, these concessions are few as we will see when we step off a vessel onto a little jetty and a tractor transports we adult a high slip to a island proper. The tractor is a usually engine we will come into hit with while here, as cars and motorbikes are banned.

But, as a island is reduction than 5km prolonged and 2km wide, it is simply explored on feet or by bicycle.

Most of a pleasure to be had in Sark is admiring a views as we travel along a coastline, erratic a still nation lanes, or selling and browsing a shops and cafes on a ancient high street.

But there is also a noble home assigned by a Seigneurs that is open to visitors and for, a swimmers, a Venus Pool, an impossibly blue pool of H2O that is encased by rocks and usually permitted during low tide.

After sundown, if we still wish to bite a outdoors, afterwards know that Sark was a initial island in a universe to be classed a “Dark Sky Island�, definition a sky is abandoned of light wickedness and a stars can clearly be seen by a exposed eye.


The little roughly void island of Herm is a really renouned daytrip for visitors from Guernsey, who are drawn to a car-free atmosphere and appreciative Shell Beach.

This beach, as a name suggests, is a good place for children and adults to hunt for shells, though it is also a prolonged widen of white silt versus a shoal and comparatively comfortable sea, creation it good for swimming and sunbathing.

However, if we wish to equivocate a crowds, afterwards a wander among a flower-strewn hillsides and a hull of St Tugal’s chapel in a centre of a island are a appreciative alternative.

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HK’s new oppulance journey terminal

Repurposed: The former Kai Tak International Airport is now a oppulance journey terminal.Repurposed: The former Kai Tak International Airport is now a oppulance journey terminal.

Hong Kong’s aged airfield is now a contemporary seaport.

HONG KONG non-stop a US$1.1bil (RM3.5bil) journey depot during a site of a former airfield on Wednesday in a bid to turn Asia’s heart for oppulance liners.

The new terminal, built on a runway of a aged Kai Tak airport, will be means to accommodate a largest journey ships in a universe – liners of adult to 220,000 sum tonnes.

�Kai Tak was a site of a mythological airfield and is now branch a ancestral page by joining Hong Kong with a rest of a universe by a 7 seas,� pronounced Commissioner of Tourism, Philip Yung.

“With a further of this new facility, Hong Kong is in full rigging to accept mega journey ships,� pronounced Yung.

Royal Caribbean’s 1,020 feet (310m) prolonged Mariner Of The Seas was a initial mega oppulance journey boat to wharf during a two-berth terminal, that boasts a 360° breathtaking perspective of a city. A unit of lion dancers welcomed some-more than 3,000 passengers as they disembarked.

“Our favourite pier was Venice. You kick Venice,� George Lamson, a 74-year-old artist from a United States, told reporters, adding he was vacant by a views as a boat entered a city’s famed Victoria Harbour.

“We feel absolved to have this honour,� 65-year-old retirement from Britain, Valerie Blakeway, pronounced of being among a initial visitors to a terminal.

The former Kai Tak International Airport was deliberate one of a many severe places to land an aircraft due to a executive plcae in a city and high plateau surrounding it.

The airfield sealed in 1998 after being in use for over 70 years and was transposed by a stream Chek Lap Kok International Airport.

The journey depot will open to a open in a third entertain of a year with a second berth opening in 2014.– AFP RelaxNews

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