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Back-to-back Hurricane And Storm To Hit Southern US This Week

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Forecasters are predicting that the U.S. will be facing major hurricanes this year. It is predicted that the hurricane seasons will break the record for the most continental U.S. landfalls in a single year.

The hurricane this year has been twice as active as average. Until today, the U.S. already had five tropical storms along the shores in 2020.

Recently, the U.S. is facing another two tropical storms. Hurricane Marco and tropical storm Laura brought high winds and rough seas between Lousiana and East Texas. It has caused damage to areas of Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic. Puerto Rico also has been hit with heavy rains.

Donald Trump, the U.S. president had issued hurricane warnings as Gulf Coast prepares for the hurricanes from Marco and Laura.

After Marco drifts in Lousiana on Monday. Marco has sustained winds of up to 75 mph. Marco is moving north between Cuba and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Laura is expected to hit Texas by Thursday. However, forecasters predicting that Laura may swing east towards Lousiana. This could be the first time for the state to-hit by back-to-back hurricanes.

It is reported that at least three people have been killed in the Dominican Republic as Laura hits the country. Another five deaths were reported in Haiti. Severe flooding has occurred at the capital, Port-au Prince. Many residents in Cuba have been evacuated and housed in shelters or safer buildings.

The back-to-back hurricanes have been warned by the U.S. National Hurrican Centre as the hurricanes arriving in the U.S. within days of one another.

Source: BBC News

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Myanmar: Protesters Stand Firm Despite Lethal Crackdown

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YANGON, March 4 – Amid palpable fear in Myanmar following  a deadly crackdown on anti-coup protests, people continued to gather in several cities on Thursday, taking precautions to protect themselves from an increasingly violent military junta.

Wednesday marked the bloodiest day in the country since the military’s Feb 1 power grab, with at least 38 people killed when security forces opened re on demonstrators in various areas.

Citizens, wary of more aggression by authorities yet undeterred, were seen taking a different approach on Thursday, gathering in neighbourhoods instead of main protest sites.

In Yangon, major roads and streets were blocked with makeshift barricades and sandbags to keep security forces at bay.

“It would be a killing field if we are together in large crowds. Instead, we are gathering in our own areas; this means the junta will have to deploy troops across the city,” said a protester in Ahlone township.

Demonstrations are also taking place in other parts of the country, including Mandalay and Monywa, where several people died in Wednesday’s violence.

More than 100,000 people were part of demonstrations on Thursday, according to local news outlet Monywa Gazette.

In Yangon’s North Okalapa area, at least 22 people were killed by security forces on Wednesday.

Khin Zaw Win, director of Yangon-based think tank Tamadipa Institute, said troops “acted like they were in a battlefield” while confronting protesters in Yangon.

“Police personnel and soldiers did not follow any standard operating procedures. They shot people indiscriminately. At some point, they even broke into and looted shops and houses,” he told Anadolu Agency over the phone.

Hundreds of people were also reportedly arrested in Yangon, including four volunteer rescue workers who were helping injured protesters in North Okalapa.

Source: BERNAMA

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Twin Sisters Found Success In Mobile Gaming For Women

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You have seen advertisements for games involving harems and dating simulations. That is the sub-genre for mobile games called ‘otome’, the Japanese word for a maiden.

Twin sisters, Anna, and Mizuki Nakajima have become multi-millionaires after their otome mobile game company rose on the stock market.

They combined stake in Coly, the firm they founded, and it launched to 15.2bn yen (RM570 million) last week.

Their games include Stand My Heroes and Promise of Wizard. They are free to download but include micro-transactions for extra storylines.

The market demand for otome games grew from 70 billion to 80 billion yen from 2019 to 2020.

Picture: Coly

The lack of software companies led by women means Coly’s success is a rarity and inspiration to women worldwide. The gaming industry has always been dubbed as a ‘boy’s club’ and the Nakajima’s success is highly unusual.

Serkan Toto, an analyst at Japanese gaming consultancy Kantan Games told the BBC, “The Nakajima twins did an exceptional job scaling their company so fast in such a hyper-competitive industry.”

According to business experts, it is still not easy to find your own way as a woman in the Japanese business world. Japan is a more male-dominated place.

With the Japanese anime style, Coly games rapidly grew in popularity, particularly in the US, China, and South Korea.

Source: BBC, Bloomberg

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LATEST: All Individuals Entering Sabah Must Have A Swab Test 3 Days Before Departure

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The government through the National Security Council (MKN) Special Session decided that all individuals who will enter Sabah must undergo a swab test within 3 days before travel.

Senior Minister (Security Cluster), Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said, only individuals with negative and non-symptomatic results are allowed to enter Sabah and there is no need to undergo quarantine.

Sources: BERNAMA TV, Twitter MINDEF Malaysia.

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