Today, 20 years later, the answer is clear: we have not been able to halt the rise in these diet-related diseases; the nutrition of Malaysians has deteriorated. In the 1999 paper, I highlighted the importance of implementing the 1st National Plan of Action for Nutrition (NPAN) (1996-2000). It is imperative that we identify the shortcomings of the implementation so that the next NHMS will report a better nutrition status for Malaysians. The Nutrition Society of Malaysia calls for the immediate implementation of the Allied Health Professions Act to strengthen the nutrition profession for them to play this role. DR TEE E. SIONGPresident, Nutrition Societyof Malaysia
June 01, 2020 00:56 UTC
During an office hackday recently, I learned that the Chrome browser on Android introduced limited/experimental Web NFC support, which means I can now build web apps that let my digital code interact with the physical world, by tapping my phone on objects with NFC tags. Alright, let me clarify: NFC (near-field communication) technology is a kind of tech that lets electronic devices communicate data between each other (or with compatible NFC tags), but only at really close distances (about ~5cm). Anyway, Web NFC is the new, still-being-explored system that gives websites and web apps access to your phone’s NFC functionality, and this has some very exciting potential! Wait, at this point you might be asking: doesn’t enabling Web NFC sound like a bit of a faff? As for me, I’m going to buy a bunch of cheap NFC tags and stick them to various things around my apartment.
June 01, 2020 00:56 UTC
Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) is now offering its residential customers the option to make instalment payments for their electricity bills amongst its other relief measures. Named the Easy Payment Plan (EPP), the relief package is aimed at easing the burden of residential customers during the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, the EPP is introduced to ease the burden of residential customers going through difficult times due to pandemic’s impact on the economy. EPP will be automatically available for all residential customers from the first actual monthly bill they receive with meter reading from May 15. Upon receiving this first actual monthly bill, customers can opt to either make full payment or pay the EPP amount.
June 01, 2020 00:22 UTC
Vilhelm Bjermeland, founder and chief operating officer of IT and business consulting company Symprio, said that it’s time for more companies to future-proof their business with hyper-automation. — HandoutAccording to RPA consultant Daniel O’Connor, RPA is about executing processes on a computer. In essence, RPA helps to create a virtual workforce which is able to process transactions 24/7 with fewer errors than humans,” said O’Connor, adding that process-heavy industries like insurance companies and government bodies would benefit from adopting the RPA process. You can learn more about the technology from Bjermeland and O’Connor, as they will be speaking at the Hyper-Automation: Bringing AI + RPA Together online course via Cisco Webex, organised by the Star Media Group in partnership with Symprio. Topics that will be covered include Introduction To RPA, The Future Of Work With Automation and Setting Up A Team For Hyper-automation.
June 01, 2020 00:00 UTC
In Mulhouse in eastern France, particularly hard hit by the coronavirus, professional dancers are getting back to work, practising pirouettes in their long-abandoned studio – but no pas de deux. Every time the dancers touch something – their mask, the barre or their water bottle – they are required to disinfect their hands. "But honestly, one can adapt," said the dancer, insisting he was pleased to be back at work. The Opera du Rhin in Mulhouse is one of the first in France to resume training after lockdown, and is producing its own masks for its ballet company. The dancers hope their first post-lockdown performance will be "Chaplin" by German choreographer Mario Schroeder on September 5.
June 01, 2020 00:00 UTC
JOHOR BARU: For the past week, he has been living in dread of loan sharks harming him or his family. The irony is that Gabriel Tan, 48, said that none of them had taken any loans from loan sharks. Tan, a manager in an education company, said the nightmare began last Tuesday when loan sharks splashed red paint on his house near Masai here. He said the loan sharks were so brazen they even sent him a video via WhatsApp of them throwing the Molotov cocktail. Tan urged the loan sharks to leave his family alone as they had never borrowed money from them.
GEORGE TOWN: Families can now dine-in with peace of mind at a coffee shop in Taman Pekaka, which has set up acrylic screens to allow four people to dine on each table. “We have not seen any coffee shop allowing more than four people per table so far and this is a pleasant change. Now, people can come in and sit with their families instead of ordering takeaways, ” said Lim when met at the coffee shop in Sungai Dua yesterday. “This is definitely a nice way to encourage families to dine in and use less plastics, ” he added. “Although there is extra work following the installation of the screens such as double cleaning work and time spent to sanitise, I think it allows people to eat with peace of mind, ” he said.
That’s the date when the conditional movement control order (MCO) is scheduled to end. “It was my regular practice and recreation place with my friends before the MCO started, ” said Kang, 29, adding that he used to go there three times a week. Nick Honegar Mokulou, an education officer, said he would bring his children to visit interesting places as that was what the youngsters wanted. Josie Paul, a media executive, said she couldn’t wait to go back to church to celebrate and give thanks. For other Malaysians, the lifting of the MCO would be a time to reconnect with their families.
He said a team of policemen on patrol saw the group enjoying durian at the stall at 6.30pm on Saturday. “When they saw policemen arriving, some tried to run but were ordered to stay put, ” he said in a statement. Birthday bust: A group of friends celebrating a birthday were arrested by police after a raid at an apartment in Jalan Harbour Place. At sea, there was a high-speed boat chase near Pulau Aman involving marine police and a fishing boat carrying several anglers on Saturday. The boat skipper tried to outrun the enforcers but the patrol boat was so fast.
PUTRAJAYA: The restricted operating hours for automated teller machines (ATMs) implemented during the movement control order (MCO) and conditional MCO will be lifted, says Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said ATM operating hours would revert to normal from today as per banks’ practices. The operating hours had been restricted to between 8am and 8pm during the MCO and conditional MCO as part of the government’s efforts to break the Covid-19 infection chain. “I hope that the public will heed the conditional movement control order (MCO) regulations to avoid being compounded, ” he said. He added that police also detained and remanded 157 individuals for breaching the conditional MCO with another person released on police bail.
May 31, 2020 23:20 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Concerned parents are not in a rush for schools to reopen until it is safe, saying that they prefer a staggered resumption of classes. Muhyiddin said he hoped that the Health Ministry could guide and assist the Education Ministry in resolving the issues raised. Another parent David Yee said staggered classes would be a good method to “space out” students who did return to school. Educationist and former National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said staggered classes was a way forward as the schools reopen. “Get opinions from parents and PTAs about staggered classes or ask for their suggestions.
May 31, 2020 23:15 UTC
PETALING JAYA: Unlike previous years, this year’s Gawai Dayak festival will be celebrated in a more subdued manner for Sarawakian Christine Lyana Raymond Mocheg. Christine said that she and her family still felt the joy of celebrating the Gawai Dayak festival together. She wished all Malaysians who are celebrating the festival a “Happy Gawai Dayak”. “Although we differ in cultural practices and we are apart physically, we can still celebrate Gawai Dayak together as one in order to honour the traditions that have been preserved for generations. “It gives me great pleasure to wish all Malaysians celebrating, happy Gawai Dayak, Gayu Guru Gerai Nyamai Lantang Senang Nguan Menua, ” Halimah said.
May 31, 2020 23:11 UTC
To date, over 15,000 handwoven masks have been produced by the weavers, whereby 12,000 have been sold and 2,000 were donated to communities in Cambodia. The masks comes in both plain and a striped pattern known as kroma, which is unique to the Cambodian silk-weaving heritage. The face mask initiative also provides supplementary economic opportunities for the weavers and Cambodia’s weaving communities in an effort to ensure fair pricing and protect the welfare of the people. “I am thankful that I can earn up to US$320 (RM1,392) per month from this face mask project. Article type: metered User Type: anonymous web User Status: Campaign ID: 18 Cxense type: free User access status: 3
May 31, 2020 23:03 UTC
Explaining the ITU’s Child Online Protection initiative, he said the tech sector has an important role to play in preventing violence online against children. “Online is an escape for children, away from stress of family life, which can be worse during this period at home,” she said. They start conditioning the kids online, and capitalise on it after the lockdown period,” said Victor. According to Victor, children are also more open to talking to strangers due to having more free time during the pandemic. Asked what parents could do to taper children’s time online, Cheng said it comes down to creating alternatives to fill their time.
May 31, 2020 22:52 UTC
PETALING JAYA: The Social Security Organisation (Socso) will provide a RM150 subsidy to employers for their workers' Covid-19 screening, says the Human Resources Ministry.Its minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan said his ministry through Socso will provide employers a RM150 subsidy for each Covid-19 screening undertaken by workers who are Socso contributors.“In accordance with the government’s objective to ensure a safe and healthy workplace, the Human Resources Ministry though Socso will provide a subsidy to employers for the Covid-19 test conducted under the Prihatin Screening Programme (PSP Perkeso).“This subsidy programme will utilise the previously approved RM200mil allocation from Socso,” he said in a statement on Sunday (May 31).The screening subsidy scheme will take effect from Monday (June 1).Employers, he added, can send their workers to undergo screening at any clinics or hospitals approved by the Health Ministry.“Under this subsidy programme, foreign workers in the construction and security services sectors in Selangor and Kuala Lumpur will be prioritised for the Covid-19 screening.“This is in line with the government’s recommendation to undertake targeted screening for high-risk workers to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission.“For workers who are not in the target group, the cost of Covid-19 screening should be borne by the employer as a continuity to the efforts to prevent the outbreak among all workers in the country,” he said.He added that the Human Resources Ministry, along with the Health and Works Ministries, have also decided to increase the number of Covid-19 screening service providers.The procedure of the subsidy programme will be updated from time to time, with the latest information available at the Prihatin portal ( https://prihatin.perkeso.gov.my ).
May 31, 2020 14:03 UTC