La Liga: Barcelona and Real Madrid Back in Action After El Clasico Gets Pushed Back

first_imgMadrid: After a weekend off due to the postponement of last Saturday’s scheduled game between them at the Camp Nou Stadium, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are both back in action as the La Liga Santander moves from its tenth to its 11th round of fixtures in midweek.Barcelona will be in action on Tuesday night as they entertain a Valladolid side that climbed into mid-table at the weekend after a 2-0 win at home to Eibar, reports Xinhua news agency. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has midfielder Sergi Roberto available again after a minor knee issue, although Samuel Umtiti is still sidelined after taking a knock in training a week ago.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Antoine Griezmann are all likely to start ahead of a midfield of Arthur Melo, Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong, which has begun to gel as a unit in recent weeks.Real Madrid has what should be a benign return to action as Zinedine Zidane’s side entertain bottom of the table Leganes, who nevertheless claimed their first win of the season on Saturday.Gareth Bale is still missing for Real Madrid as he struggles to recover from another calf injury and Zidane wants a convincing home win as rumours of Jose Mourinho’s return continue to circle the Santiago Bernabeu. Antoine GriezmannbarcelonaCatalanEden Hazard First Published: October 28, 2019, 10:41 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Malaysian tourism to take a financial blow due to discontinued flights

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T Tourism in Malaysia may suffer billions of ringgit in revenue after Malaysia Airlines (MAS) and AirAsia X reduced and discontinued international and regional flights. According to Tourism Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen, the lack of accessibility will lead to a drop in tourist arrivals to Malaysia.”When there is no accessibility to the country, it will be very difficult to get tourists to visit Malaysia,” she said. Although the airline route cuts may deter tourists, Dr. Ng believes it’s necessary to remain positive.”What we can do is to request, persuade and put our case forward.”However, it will be a real challenge for us to bring more foreign visitors and I dare say it will cost us billions of ringgit (in tourism revenue),” she said. Tourism Malaysia plans to target long-staying tourists who would be willing to spend more, due to the lack of direct international flights compared to neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines and Singapore. According to Dr. Ng, Malaysia is expected more such visitors from Russia, central Asia, China and the Middle East. AirAsia X recently suspended four loss-making international routes, namely to Mumbai, New Delhi, Paris and London. Last month MAS also suspended four routes on its regional network – Kota Kinabalu-Osaka, Kota Kinabalu-Perth, Kota Kinabalu-Haneda (Tokyo) and Kota Kinabalu-Seoul.MAS also discontinued eight international routes.  last_img read more