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‘I Will Emerge From This Tragedy Stronger” – Buffalo Boy

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KUALA TERENGGANU, 21  — “I am still a ‘Budok Kuba’ (buffalo boy). This ‘tsunami’ has strengthened my will to continue what I have been doing because I am sure that it will give me better rewards,” said Muhammad Syukur Khamis, fondly called Malaysian Mowgli, after losing 56 of his family’s 110 buffaloes due to HS, a contagious bacterial disease.

Looking at his sad face, it is hard to know what is going through the 15-year-old’s mind, but the youngster did admit that it has been really heartbreaking for him to have lost his ‘good friend’.

Unlike other teenagers who usually preoccupied with various gadgets and online games, he preferred to spend time around the animals as it has a calming effect on him even though his feet and hands would get dirty in mud at times.

Muhammad Syukur is also known as the ‘Kampung Boy’ due to his ability to interact with the animals since he was only six years old after accompanying his father, Khamis Jusoh, 64, tend to the family’s buffalo herd and over the years he has had several favourite buffaloes, including ‘Semek’ and ‘Tongkol’ – both dead now.

He said the unfortunate incident has made him aware of the importance of vaccines and be sensitive to the environment to prevent the same infection from recurring.

As for Khamis, his children’s strength in facing the ordeal has motivated him to pick up the pieces, with seven of his eight children working hard to ensure that the carcasses were disposed of properly and ensuring the remaining ones stay healthy.

He said that the recent loss was his biggest since becoming a breeder 50 years ago.

“All my children returned home as soon as they were informed of this sad news and they have always given me encouragement. Before Muhammad Syukur became popular, we were insulted because it (the animals) were said to smelly, but we carried on,” he said when met by reporters at the animal enclosure in Kampung Kubang Bujuk, here.

Khamis said the outbreak had hampered his plan to switch to the feedlot system, but he was confident that Muhammad Syukur, the youngest of eight siblings, would realise the dream one day based on the youngster’s deep interest.

His plan now is to increase the number of buffaloes and he wants his children to continue to work similar to his early days in late 1970s where he started with only three buffaloes he inherited from his father.

Bernama’s visit to the farm found that apart from Muhammad Syukur, his three other siblings – Muhamad Kamil, 31; Muhamad Alias, 30 and Norain Solehah, 21 – were working hard around the enclosure.

Apart from feeding the remaining 54 healthy buffaloes, they were also installing fences around the compound to stop the animals from wandering out of the enclosure during the 14-day quarantine process.

The one-acre area also looks sadly quiet unlike before where it had been the focus of attention of many professional photographers, locals and foreigners alike, to record actions of Muhammad Syukur with his more than 100 ‘playmates’.

Previously, a unique photo of the teenager with his pet taken by professional photographer Mohd Nazri Sulaiman clinched the grand prize for the Street/People category at the Asian Geographic: Images of Asia 2018 awards and it also earned Nazri the Remarkable Award at the 2018 Siena International Photography Award in Italy.

Most recently, his picture taken by Yusuf Madi was uploaded as Asia 2020 Image for August by Asian Geographic for the People/ Street category.

Source: BERNAMA

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WhatsApp Introduces New Feature of Voice And Video Calls Using Desktop App

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WhatsApp has recently decided to introduce the brand new feature of voice and also video calling just by using its own desktop app. According to a statement, WhatsApp stated that they are providing relief to countless of people that are sitting in front of computers who have had to reach for their phone every time their WhatsApp rang.

WhatsApp company said: “Throughout the last year, we’ve seen significant increases in people calling one another on WhatsApp, often for long conversations. Last New Year’s Eve, we broke the record for the most calls ever made in a single day with 1.4 billion voice and video calls”.

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They also added, “With so many people still apart from their loved ones, and adjusting to new ways of working, we want conversations on WhatsApp to feel as close to in-person as possible, regardless of where you are in the world or the tech you’re using”.

Using the new feature by WhatsApp, users can answer on a much bigger screen through the desktop app which gives you the opportunity to see your family and loved ones clearly on a bigger canvas. WhatsApp also stated that to make the desktop calling feature more useful, they have made sure it works seamlessly for both portrait and landscape orientation

Other than that, the new feature will also allow you to resize the window on your computer screen and is set to stay on the top so you will never lose your video chats in a browser tab or stack of open windows. When you are in the website, WhatsApp will remind users that the voice and video calls on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, so WhatsApp can never hear or see the conversations, regardless of whether you call from a phone or computer.

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Please be reminded that the desktop calling feature is only available when the app is installed on your own computer. Desktop calling is also supported on Windows 10 64-bit version 1903 and newer as well as macOS 10.13 and newer. You will also need an active internet connection on your computer and phone as well as granting WhatsApp permission to access your computer’s microphone and camera.

Sources: WhatsApp

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Two Individuals Infected With Nigerian Covid-19 Variant In Malaysia Discovered – MOH

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Recently, the Ministry Of Health Malaysia (MOH) has discovered the first two cases of individuals that got infected with the Nigerian Variant of SARS-CoV-2 or also known as B1.525 in this country. The detected cases are actually from two foreigners who just arrived in Malaysia from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Both of them were found to be tested Covid-19 positive through the RT PCR Covid-19 swab test.

For a better recognition, The Institute for Medical Research (IMR) then performed a full genome sequencing as it takes into account both of the foreigner’s travel history. The Nigerian COVID-19 variant was first detected in the UK and also Nigeria in the month of December 2020.

MOH also stated that these discovered Nigerian variants can cause an increase in the likelihood as well as a possible decrease in the immune response. Worry not because MOH reassured that IMR and CPRC will continue to monitor the development of the virus mutation and to inform the public from time to time.

Other than that, they also reminded that even though the national immunization program is going smoothly, public health actions are still required as herd immunity has still not been achieved yet.

Sources: Twitter MOH

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Food Waste: Amount Thrown Away Totals 900 Million Tonnes

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AMMAN, March 5  — More than 900 million tonnes of food is thrown away every year, according to a global report.

The UN Environment Programme’s Food Waste Index revealed that 17 per cent of the food available to consumers – in shops, households and restaurants – goes directly into the bin, according to Petra.

Some 60 per cent of that waste is in the home.

The lockdown appears to have had a surprising impact – at least in the UK – by reducing domestic food waste.

Source: BERNAMA

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