The New Straits Times is an English-language newspaper published in Malaysia. It is Malaysia's oldest newspaper still in print having been founded as The Straits Times in 1845, was reestablished as the New Straits Times in 1974; the paper served as Malaysia's only broadsheet format English language newspaper. However, following the example of British newspapers The Times and The Independent, a tabloid version first rolled off the presses on 1 September 2004 and since 18 April 2005, the newspaper has been published only in tabloid size, ending a 160-year-old tradition of broadsheet publication; the New Straits Times retails at RM1.50 in Peninsular Malaysia. The New Straits Times is printed by the New Straits Times Press, which produced the English language afternoon newspaper, The Malay Mail, until 1 January 2008, as well as assorted Malay language newspapers, Berita Harian and Harian Metro. New Straits Times Press is part of Media Prima group of companies; as of 2 January 2019, the group editor of the newspaper is Rashid Yusof.
The Straits Times was started by an Armenian, Catchick Moses. Robert Carr Woods was appointed as editor and single-handedly edited and published the first issue of The Straits Times on 15 July 1845; the paper was launched as an eight-page weekly, published at 7 Commercial Square using a hand-operated press. The paper was turned into an afternoon daily in 1858, merging with Singapore Journal of Commerce and changing its name to the Daily Times; the name change was subsequently reverted in 1883. In 1959 The Straits Times Ltd. which published The Straits Times reorganised its business. The newspaper business together with related assets and liabilities were transferred to the Malay Mail Press Company Ltd. which it took over in 1952. Whereas land and buildings owned by The Straits Times Ltd. were transferred to a wholly-owned subsidiary named The Straits Times Limited. The Malay Mail Press Company Ltd. became a public company and was renamed the Straits Times Press Ltd. the same year. The Straits Times Press Sdn Bhd. transferred all of its newspaper business to its wholly-owned subsidiary the New Straits Times Sdn Bhd. in 1972.
The Straits Times Press Sdn Bhd. ceased to be the parent company of the New Straits Times Sdn Bhd in October that year, when Fleet Group Sdn Bhd. took over operations. The newspaper name, which at the time remained The Straits Times changed its name to The New Straits Times in August of 1974. On 11 November 2011, 3D publication was introduced to online editions; the newspaper made history on 21 February 2012 when it became the first talking newspaper, promoting Dutch Lady's Friso product, followed by AXIATA's page number domination in 2013 and in January 2014 it promoted Wonda Coffee "through five senses" on five consecutive days. In 2011, the New Straits Times underwent a redesign of its masthead, typography and logo; the first edition in the format was published on 11 November 2011. This lasted until 31 December 2016. In 2017, the New Straits Times underwent another redesign of its masthead, typography and logo; the redesign brings new sections and improved news content. The first edition in the current format was published on 1 January 2017, in conjunction with the New Year.
In addition, the website was refreshed in March 2017, with an initiative for a stronger digital presence. In 2019, the New Straits Times underwent a redesign of its masthead and cover design, which now assumes the ambition and scope of a daily newsmagazine; the new design features more stories on various issues of national interest, with an increased emphasis on the print edition of the newspaper. Known as Tech&U, the pullout was first published on 1 January 1986 as Computimes, an information and communication technology section of the New Straits Times, it was earlier published every Thursday, in the 1990s, the section was published on Mondays and Thursdays. On 1 August 2005, a decision was made to focus the Monday edition on the enterprise market while the Thursday edition focuses on the consumer market. On 1 January 2008, Tech&U became a weekly publication, available with the New Straits Times every Monday with an increasing consumer slant while keeping the pulse on the enterprise scene. Business Computing is related to this section.
It was a weekly section on Wednesdays, published from 1999 to 2004. As of 1 March 2010, it has been merged into the Life and Times section; the tech section in the New Straits Times, now known as Bots, appears every Monday in the Life & Times section. Known as Travel Times, this weekly pullout on travel in Malaysia was first published in 1999 published in support of the government's Cuti-Cuti Malaysia campaign, it became the Malaysian weekly newspaper pullout dedicated to publishing travel and travel-related news and features and has remained till this day Malaysia's only weekly travel newspaper pullout dedicated to tourism. The first issue was released on 6 October 1999 and the first weekly issue was released on 2 October 2000, it was published every Wednesday when it started, it was published on Tuesdays until 23 February 2010 as "Travel". Starting in March 2010, it has been merged into the Life & Times section; the travel section now appears on Thursdays and is known as JOM! Meaning Let's Go! in the Malay language.
This new title is chosen to urge travellers to go out into the world and experience all its wonders. The paper has incorporated the Business Times starting 1 June 2002, expanding its business section and increasing its appeal among businessmen. Prior to 1976, this is the business section's name of New Straits Times. Not to be co
Middle Fork, alternately known as Middlefork, is an unincorporated community located in the southwestern portion of Henderson County, United States and was settled prior to the formation of the county in 1821. The first organized church in Henderson County was Middle Fork Primitive Baptist Church, chartered in 1823. Middle Fork was one of the original post offices in the county, was situated at the crossroads of the Lexington-Purdy Road and the Jackson-Saltillo Road; the Post Office, Middle Fork, was closed in 1892 and re-opened, as Middlefork while Dr. Arnold was postmaster; the post office was closed and consolidated into the Luray Post office in 1904 when rural routes from the railroad were established. Obediah Hendricks and John Crook, early settlers of the area, were appointed to the first County Court upon the creation of Henderson County in 1821. By 1836 Frederick Phelps and Nicholas Garrett had settled in the community. Situated within a few miles of Pinson Mounds, Middle Fork has produced several sites for Native American artifacts such as arrow heads, drills and pieces of pottery.
During the Civil War, Middle Fork furnished men to several Tennessee Confederate infantry regiments: 13th, 27th, 51st, 52nd, Browns 55th. Henry Carver, buried at Middle Fork Primitive Baptist Church, was the first casualty during the War. Although no major skirmish or battle occurred at Middle Fork, the Skirmish at nearby Clarks Creek, Tennessee on September 23, 1863 led to a small occurrence near the community. Several rifles were left behind and the Union soldiers took them to the blacksmith shop and bent the barrells, threw them into a ditch. Middle Fork and Big Springs Schools were started in 1877, a black school, Joyner’s Grove, in 1908. Middle Fork School moved in 1895 to the current site; the present building was erected in 1920 and was closed during County consolidation in 1960. The cotton gin closed in the late 1980s, as well as the last store. Religious life in the community is served by Unity Baptist Church, Middlefork Road Baptist Church, Old Jacks Creek Baptist Church, Palestine Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Richard Bodycombe was a major general in the United States Air Force who served as Commander of the United States Air Force Reserve Command, Headquarters U. S. Air Force, Washington D. C. and commander, Headquarters Air Force Reserve, a separate operating agency located at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. As chief of Air Force Reserve he served as the principal adviser on Reserve matters to the Air Force Chief of Staff; as commander of AFRES he had full responsibility for the supervision of U. S. Air Force Reserve units around the world. Bodycombe was born in Pittsburgh in 1922, he received bachelor and master of science degrees in education from the University of Michigan in 1948 and 1952 the latter under the Air Force's Bootstrap Program. He received his commission as a second lieutenant in May 1944, after completing flying training at Turner Field, Georgia. Following transition training in B-24s at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, he reported to the 782nd Bombardment Squadron, 465th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force, in Italy.
When hostilities ceased in Europe, Bodycombe returned to the United States and was released from active duty. Recalled to active duty in January 1949, he was assigned to the 60th Troop Carrier Group at Wiesbaden Air Base, Germany, to participate in the Berlin airlift; when Operation Vittles was concluded, Bodycombe was assigned to the 7167th Special Air Missions Squadron at Wiesbaden for the remainder of his three-year tour of duty. Bodycombe served for one year as aide to Major General Harry A. Johnson, commander, 10th Air Force, Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan. Upon Johnson's retirement, Bodycombe's next assignment was to the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing, being organized at Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, in July 1953, he served as a C-124 aircraft commander in the 52nd Troop Carrier Squadron and when the 63rd Troop Carrier Wing transferred to Donaldson Air Force Base, South Carolina, he became assistant operations officer for the 63rd Troop Carrier Group. In 1955 Bodycombe was selected for duty at the U.
S. Air Force Academy, Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado, as part of the original cadre that set up the military training curriculum under the commandant of cadets; when Bodycombe reverted to Reserve status in February 1956 he was assigned to the 85th Troop Carrier Squadron at Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, flying C-46s. He received a mobilization assignment to Headquarters 10th Air Force at Selfridge Air Force Base as an operations officer. In 1960, when the 10th Air Force became the 5th Air Force Reserve Region, Bodycombe was named inspector general and became assistant deputy chief of staff for operations. In November 1969 when the Central Air Force Reserve Region was formed, Bodycombe was assigned to the region headquarters at Ellington Air Force Base, Texas, as its first vice commander. From May 1972 to May 1975, he was mobilization assistant to the commander, 2nd Air Force, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, he next was assigned as mobilization assistant to the commander in chief, Strategic Air Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska.
In July 1975 he was appointed a member of the secretary of the Air Force's Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee. The general was recalled to active duty in November 1976, to become vice commander of Headquarters Air Force Reserve at Robins Air Force Base, he assumed command of the Air Force Reserve in April 1979. He was a command pilot with more than 16,500 flying hours, 5,500 of which were flown in jet and propjet aircraft. Bodycombe holds a Federal Aviation Administration Pilot Proficiency Examiner rating in the Boeing 727, Lockheed JetStar and Convair 580, his military decorations and awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal and Purple Heart. Bodycombe's civic affiliations include the National Business Aircraft Association and Alpha Tau Omega, he was promoted to major general March 7, 1975, with date of rank July 11, 1973. He latterly lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan.