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Bad News For Air Traveling, Study Shows How Coronavirus Spread On Planes



We are hoping that the pandemic is going slower now. Many countries started to lift strict rules over the residents as cases are decreasing in their countries. However, there are some other countries that are still on strict safety measures to curb the spread of the disease.

As some countries have lifted the lockdown from their countries, many people are eager to go out of their houses and go traveling. Unfortunately, there is bad news for travelers who are keen to travel on flights.

A study shows that social distancing that is implemented in most aircraft currently may be ineffective at limiting the spread of the virus. The study was published by the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study has analyzed a single 10-hour flight from March.

Most aircraft currently are keeping middle seats empty as part of the social distancing practices. However, researchers found that this practice seems to be inefficient to prevent super-spreading events, even in spacious sitting arrangements in business class.

Researchers analyzed a flight from London to Hanoi on 2 March, where 16 passengers out of 217 passengers were diagnosed with COVID-19 after boarding the flight. The source of the outbreak was a woman who was sitting in business class, which means that the virus can still be transmitted throughout the plane.

It is a wakeup call for the aircraft companies to tighten screening and prevention measures before the passengers can board the flight. The study recommended that wearing the face mask should be made mandatory on the plane to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.



Malaysian Teacher Samuel Isaiah Makes Final 10 For US$1 Mln Global Teacher Prize 2020



English language teacher Samuel Isaiah from Sekolah Kebangsaan Runchang school, Muadzam Shah, Pahang, has been named as one of the top 10 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2020, in partnership with UNESCO.

The Malaysian teacher was selected from over 12,000 nominations and applications from over 140 countries around the world, said a statement issued by the Varkey Foundation which the Global Teacher Prize is part of its long-standing commitment to improving the status of teachers.

Samuel introduced many innovations to inspire his Orang Asli students to dream big and crucially connect them to the outside world, including an e-mail exchange project called ‘Asli E-Pal’, where they communicate in English with adult volunteers all over Malaysia and overseas.

Samuel also introduced the “Speak Up With Poetry” programme where he worked with amateur poets to write poems relatable to Orang Asli culture which his students would then watch in the form of guided videos to learn English.

The school’s average pass rate in English had increased from 30 per cent in 2012 to between 80 per cent and 85 per cent in 2015-2018, said the London-based Varkey Foundation.

Other finalists are Ranjitsinh Disale from India, Olasunkanmi Opeifa (Nigeria), Jamie Frost (United Kingdom), Carlo Mazzone (Italy), Mokhudu Cynthia Machaba (South Africa), Leah Juelke (United States) and Yun Jeong-hyun (South Korea).

“Congratulations to Samuel Isaiah for being selected as a top ten finalist from such a huge number of talented and dedicated teachers. I hope his story will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also highlight the incredible work teachers do all over Malaysia and throughout the world every day,” said Assistant Director-General for Education at UNESCO, Stefania Giannini.

“The Global Teacher Prize helps put the teachers’ voice at the heart of our mission to champion inclusive learning opportunities for children and young people all over the world, especially the most marginalised and disadvantaged, during this sudden and unprecedented disruption to global education.

“Since the coronavirus pandemic first emerged, we have seen 1.5 billion learners across the world impacted by school and university closures. But not all learners are being impacted equally. Governments must learn lessons and act decisively to ensure all children receive a quality education in the age of COVID and beyond.”

The remaining two top 10 finalists will be announced one each week in the run-up to the Global Teacher Prize ceremony, which will be virtual for the very first time in its history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s Global Teacher Prize ceremony will be done virtually and is expected to take place on Dec 3, 2020, where the overall winner will be announced.

It will be hosted by English comedian, actor, writer and presenter Stephen Fry from the Natural History Museum in London.

“The Global Teacher Prize was set up to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of teachers all over the world,” founder of the Global Teacher Prize, Sunny Varkey, meanwhile said.

“This year, more than ever, we have seen teachers go above and beyond to keep young people learning throughout the world. Teachers everywhere should be applauded for their creativity, compassion and resolve to fulfil every child’s right to a good education.”

The Global Teacher Prize winner will be paid the prize money in equal instalments over 10 years.


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LATEST: Petrol Price RON97, RON95 Remain The Same



The Malaysian Ministry of Finance recently issued a media statement related to the retail price of petroleum products for the period of 31 October to 6 November 2020.

According to a statement released on Twitter, the retail price of RON97 petrol remains RM1.94 per liter, RON 95 petrol remains RM1.64 per liter, and Diesel also remains RM1.74 liter.

Sources: MOF

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Macau Scam: Remand of Datuk, Two Policemen Under POCA Extended by 38 Days



KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 30 — The remand period for a ‘Datuk’ and two policemen being investigated under the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959 in connection to an online gambling syndicate and Macau Scam activities was extended another 38 days by the Magistrate’s Court here today.

Magistrate M. Mageswary allowed the police’s application to extend the remand period against the suspects aged between 34 and 39 beginning today.

They were previously remanded under POCA for 21 days from Oct 11.

The remand proceedings of the three suspects who wore orange lockup attire began at 10.30 am and ended an hour later.

Lawyer Jacky Loi when contacted by Bernama confirmed that all the suspects were remanded according to Section 4 (2)(a) of POCA. Also representing the suspects were lawyers Gobind Singh Deo and Shahrizal Abdul Manan.

On Oct 13, Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department chief SAC Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid said police had re-arrested the three individuals after the court rejected a remand order applied for by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against them for their suspected involvement in online gambling activities.

He said they were re-arrested immediately after being released by the MACC.


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