Since then the Olympic silver-medallist -- and strong contender for her country's first Games gold -- has made enough money to buy food packs for hundreds of hard-hit families in the Philippines. "It's a good thing that I have trusted friends and trusted family members who understand why we need to do a fundraising." That circle of supporters has handed out the packages, which include vegetables, eggs and rice, to more than 400 families. "But I'm still thankful I can still continue with (the training) I need to do." Rosemelyn Francisco's family in Zamboanga City, Diaz's home town, is one of the first to get help from the athlete's initiative, and is deeply grateful.
May 08, 2020 04:41 UTC
KUALA LUMPUR: Big Blue Taxi founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail has claimed trial at the Sessions Court here Friday (May 8) over an alleged offensive post on his Facebook account. The 54-year-old was charged with making the post entitled "Utusan Khas Buat PM8" with intent to offend others at about 8.54pm on April 20. Shamsubahrin also faces a second charge of making the offensive statement on his Facebook account with intent to cause fear or alarm to the public at Jalan Ampang at 8.54pm on the same day. Deputy Public Prosecutor Syamimi Farhana Muhammad A. Aziz offered bail at RM20,000 for the first charge and another RM6,000 for the second charge. Sessions Court judge Mahyon Talib fixed bail at RM8,000 in one surety and RM6,000 in one surety for the first and second charge, respectively.
May 08, 2020 03:56 UTC
“It’s not where we celebrate, but being able to celebrate (the day) that counts, ” says Lim, 27. A sweet hand-made Mothers Day card that Lim gave Yee in 2015. This year, they are ordering food delivery to celebrate Mothers Day at home. Since she is unable to visit her this Mothers Day, she has ordered a special cake to be delivered to her. “It’s the least I can do to make the day special for her, since I can’t go back to spend it with her until the MCO is fully lifted,” she says.
May 08, 2020 03:56 UTC
HANOI (Reuters): After proclaiming success in containing the coronavirus, Vietnam is positioning itself as a safe place to do business, capitalising on demand from international manufacturers looking to diversify their supply chains away from China. Vietnam has reported a relatively small 288 cases and zero deaths, putting the South-east Asian country on course to revive its economy much sooner than most others, according to public health experts interviewed by Reuters. "Given its fast response to the virus, we expect foreign investment to pour in to Vietnam after the pandemic," Kizuna Joint Development Corp, which builds ready-to-go factories in Vietnam, told Reuters in a statement. "The factory space will be ready by July," Kizuna said. Advisers who help foreign firms relocate internationally said Vietnam's success in dealing with the pandemic had already boosted the confidence of foreign investors in the country.
May 08, 2020 03:45 UTC
“She is the queen of my heart, ” says Muhammad Nazrin Ahmad, 29, of his mother, Hasimah Hamzah, 62, whom he credits for shaping him into the man he is today. Nazrin’s parents live in Bandar Tun Razak, Pahang and because he lives in Kuala Lumpur, he usually celebrates Mothers Day with a video call to his mother, who is a housewife. They plan to have a group family video call with their mother this Mothers Day. Nazrin notes that the MCO has impacted their mother-son relationship in a good way. Almost every day, I will video call her just to see her face and her smile, ” he says.
May 08, 2020 01:52 UTC
GEORGE TOWN: Government agencies and departments at Komtar have reopened here on Friday (May 8), but many require prior appointments before visitors are allowed in to conduct any business. Safety officials were seen conducting temperature checks at the entrance of the building as most civil servants returned to work Friday. However, many counters throughout the building at the various agencies and departments were not staffed and members of the public who tried to enter certain agencies at level 3 of Komtar were told that there would be no walk-ins. "But it may be different for other agencies in this building, some allow members of the public to visit the offices for their matters," she said. She said the various agencies and departments would have different standard operating procedures (SOP) and regulations.
May 08, 2020 01:30 UTC
Fasting during the movement control order (MCO) while maintaining a zero-waste lifestyle is no easy feat. This Ramadan, the Kuala Lumpur-based programme manager for sustainable development has had to cook more often, for obvious reasons. Cook at home as much as possible instead of ordering out to reduce plastic waste. The second step is to be disciplined about it, so that you don’t waste anything you have bought.”Third, she says, cook at home as much as possible instead of ordering out, to reduce plastic waste. The stay-home order has also resulted in a lot of takeaways and deliveries, creating more plastic waste.
May 08, 2020 00:00 UTC
IT HAS been five days since the conditional movement control order (MCO) came into effect. Entrances to the malls were equipped with thermal cameras to take visitors’ body temperature. StarMetro spoke to customers and retailers at two major shopping centres in Klang Valley about the current situation at the respective malls. Food courts and eateries in 1 Utama shopping centre are adhering to the Selangor ruling which only allows takeaway and delivery orders. Engineer W. Vadivelan, 39, who works in a company located close to the mall, used to eat lunch at the shopping centre.
PETALING JAYA: The Covid-19 pandemic has not stopped the Selangor Zakat Board from reaching out to the needy and the targeted groups by utilising technologies and distributing assistance via online. Board chairman Tan Sri Syed Anwar Tuanku Syed Putra Jamalullail (pic) said during this unprecedented time, the organisation had to find ways to get assistance to those in need. “We have to help them until the day they can get a job and they can pay zakat, ” he added. Over the years, Syed Anwar said donations to Zakat Selangor Board had grown steadily from RM300mil to almost RM900mil. “The assistance will be distributed to them without any delay as set by the state religious authorities, ” said Syed Anwar.
MORE than 50 shops in Klang’s Little India raised their shutters after closing shop since March 18 to abide by the movement control order (MCO). Devan said although people were streaming into Little India, the shops had taken the necessary precautions and limited the number of customers into their premises. Sri Kumaran’s Silk Store managing director N. Ravichandran said people were returning to Little India but many were shopping for silverware for everyday use and not sarees. Policemen accompanied by a soldier armed with an M16 rifle is a common sight in Little India now.Yesterday, constables Yusri Budiman and Alexsion Ajin from the South Klang Police headquarters with another soldier were seen patrolling the streets. The men in blue gave strict reminders to shop owners and took photographic proof when social distancing was not observed.
SOME Smart Selangor and PJ City buses have resumed operations and will ply 42 routes statewide from 6am to 10pm daily. Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han said only 103 Smart Selangor buses were operational, while 16 PJ City buses had resumed along 36 and six routes, respectively. Prior to the movement control order (MCO), there were 138 Smart Selangor buses and 32 PJ City buses travelling along 43 routes and six routes, respectively. Smart Selangor buses along seven routes which are SPG3, SPG4, BTG2, SB02, SB03, HS02 and HS03 will not be operational just yet. All Smart Selangor and PJ City bus services were stopped temporarily to restrict public movement during the MCO.
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Teacher Rohaniza Bahari enjoyed spending quality time with her husband during the movement control order (MCO) period but it also felt good to finally return to Penang. Rohaniza went to Perak, where her husband works, and was unable to travel back when the MCO came into force. “The moment they said we could travel, I came back to Penang in case I was needed at work. Meanwhile, an express bus company’s northern regional manager, Norman Yeow, said although multiple bus trips were scheduled to depart Kuala Lumpur yesterday, none were allowed to make the trip. “We only received the directive on Wednesday night that express buses would be allowed to travel on Sunday.
GEORGE TOWN: Online technology helped many Buddhists observed Wesak Day minus the trips to temples and public processions. “The online sessions were convenient for us. “Last year, my family and I participated in the charity events for Wesak Day and then we took part in the procession at night. “It is a family tradition to go for prayers and bathe the Buddha statue early in the morning on Wesak Day, ” she said. Goh said that during the MCO period, she joined an online study group organised by her Sunday school’s youth group.
“After my husband passed away, our family no longer celebrates Ramadan and Syawal as joyfully as before. > A married couple will have their hands full this Ramadan fulfilling customers’ orders for coklat nise, a type of candy popular in the east coast states, reported Sinar Harian. Syahzlina Mohamad, 39, from Kampung Gong Kubur, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan said the candies were usually served during Hari Raya Aidilfitri. “On normal days, I would make about 3,000 pieces of coklat nise under the brand Eyna Coklat Nise Legend. Her coklat nise are also sold in Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
They may be struggling to strike a balance between reopening their businesses and ensuring a safe workplace for their employees and prospective customers. In the current climate where there is “special” focus on migrant workers, employers with foreign workers face even more pressure. It has also been mandated that all foreign workers must undergo a Covid-19 test with their employers bearing the cost. We agree and liken the act of mass testing of foreign workers to “mopping the floor while the tap is still running”. Finally, we would like to stress that mass testing is not the solution towards the establishment of a safe workplace.