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MH17 Relatives Protest With 298 Empty Chairs Outside Russia’s Hague Embassy

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Families of MH17 (Malaysian Airlines Flight 17) victims held a silent protest in front of the Russian Embassy at The Hague, Netherlands on Sunday disappointed by Russia’s refusal to cooperate in the investigation of the tragedy.

At the protest, they placed 298 white chairs. Each chair represents the number of people who have died in the MH17 tragic incidents. According to President of the MH17 Victims’ Association Piet Ploeg,

“This is for me a very beautiful symbol for 298 people who perished. They are gone. My brother never returned,” Said Ploeg who also lost his brother, Alex in the incidents.

He added, “The idea of the action is to make clear to the Russian state that they have to cooperate with the investigation”.

Picture via Daily Examiner

The flights(MH17) from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was reported to have been shot down by a missile while it was flying in regional airspace controlled by separatist rebels on July 17, 2014.

The protest took place the night before a hearing at The Hague Den Haag where three Russians and one Ukrainian were indicted for the killings. Russia, however, denied their involvement in the tragedy.

Source: Metro US, Gazette

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‘Only Time Will Tell’ – Muhammad Fadhil

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KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — “Only time will tell,” replied national track cyclist Muhammad Fadhil Mohd Zonis, when asked if he would be able to one day take up the mantle from national cycling champion, Mohd Azizulhasni Awang.

However, the 24-year-old who recently won the gold in the keirin and silver in the 1km time trial event at the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Cycling Nations Cup in Hong Kong, said he would not think of the matter too much, and instead focus on improving his performance.

“Everyone has their own advantages, and Mohd Azizulhasni has been my idol as well. I am just focusing on the process to become a more mature rider,” he said when contacted by Bernama today.

He said a message from Mohd Azizulhasni telling him to give 100 per cent commitment and stay focused prior to the race in Hong Kong also inspired him to do well at the competition.

On Saturday (May 15) Muhammad Fadhil rocked the Hong Kong Velodrome with a time of 10.298s to emerge as keirin champion, edging out two Japanese riders, namely 2020 World Championship silver medalist and four-time Asian Champion Yuta Wakimoto as well as 2019 World Championship silver medalist Yudai Nitta, who respectively won silver and bronze.

A day earlier, the Sime Darby Foundation rider, who is also the national and Asian record holder in the 1km time trial, won the silver medal in the event.

He clocked in with a time of 1 minute 1.772s, 0.998s behind German gold medalist Felix Grob, while Spanish rider Juan Peralta took home the bronze.

Mohd Azizulhasni, who is known as the ‘The Pocket Rocketman’ in a post on Instagram said he believed that Muhammad Fadhil and Anis Amira Rosidi – who won bronze in the women’s 500m time trial last Saturday – have the potential to go further, besides having the discipline, dedication and humility to carve out successful careers for themselves.

Meanwhile, Muhammad Fadhil said winning two medals in Hong Kong had never crossed his mind after the long hiatus from competitive action, and his original mission was just to gain enough experience in the tournament.

He also dreams of making his first appearance at the Olympics in Paris, France in 2024, after missing out on the Games in Tokyo, which is scheduled to take place July 23-Aug 8.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Only Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Suitable For Pregnant Women

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PUTRAJAYA, May 17 — Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable to be given to women who are in their 14th to 33rd week of pregnancy, said Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin.

He told a press conference on the development of the National COVID-19 National Immunisation Program, which was held virtually with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, that the other two vaccines, Sinovac and AstraZeneca, are not recommended for pregnant women.

He said the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) would coordinate with the relevant agencies, such as the Health Ministry, for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be given to pregnant women.

Khairy, who is Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the pregnant women could also wait to get the vaccination after the birth of their child.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also suitable for nursing mothers, he said, adding that for the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, the safety data is limited and recommendations will be made after consultation.

He said these were the clinical guidelines issued in response to public inquiries on vaccines for pregnant and nursing mothers.

However, they are advised to seek doctors’ advice if they have any doubts, he added.

According to Khairy, 10.18 million individuals have registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said a total of 1.202 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, with 733,237 of them having completed both doses.

So far, a total of 1,935,632 doses of the vaccine had been administered, he added.

On the industrial Vaccination Center (PPV), Khairy said the CITF had approved an application by Pharmaniaga to open it as a pilot project.

“CITF approved Pharmaniaga’s application because it is the factory that is involved in the bottling of the Sinovac vaccine. Pharmaniaga buys its own vaccine to be given to its factory workers, ”he said.

Source: BERNAMA

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Miss Mexico Wins Miss Universe 2021 Pageant

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MOSCOW, May 17 — Andrea Meza of Mexico was crowned Miss Universe 2021 at the televised event held in Florida, US, on Sunday.

“The new Miss Universe is Mexico!!!!” the organisers of the pageant said on Twitter.

Miss Mexico, Meza, 26, finished ahead of other finalists, fellow contestants from Myanmar, Brazil, Peru, India and the Dominican Republic, Sputnik news reported.

The Miss Universe pageant was cancelled in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

South African model Zozibini Tunzi was crowned Miss Universe in 2019.

Sources: BERNAMA

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