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

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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.

— BERNAMA

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(Video) Blackpink Will Hold A Livestream Concert On YouTube This December 27th

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Get ready to mark your calendar as the famous Blackpink group will be doing a virtual concert at the end of December!

Fans of the popular Korean women’s group are definitely looking forward to the end of this month when their beloved group announces the upcoming concert.

Performed On YouTube Music

The good news was confirmed by their management, YG Entertainment who announced that Blackpink will hold their first virtual concert entitled “YG Palm Stage – 2020 BLACKPINK: The Show”. YG Entertainment will be collaborating with YouTube Music for the concert which is scheduled for December 27 at 2 pm.

Who Will Continue the ‘Palm Stage’ Concert

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In addition to being Blackpink’s first online concert, the upcoming event will also mark the launch of YG Entertainment’s brand new concert “Palm Stage” (named after the idea of a concert fitting in the palm of the audience).

Blackpink is a South Korean girl group formed by YG Entertainment, consisting of members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. Blackpink has broken numerous online records throughout their career.

Their music videos for “Kill This Love” (2019) and “How You Like That” (2020) each set records for the most-viewed music video within the first 24 hours of release, with the latter breaking three and setting two Guinness World Records.

Prior to the concert, Blackpink will meet their fans live through “BLACKPINK – ‘The Show’ Announcement Live” which will be screened on the same platform on December 4, 2020.

You can also find more information on ticketing here.

Sources: Soompi.com, Variety

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Celebrate The End Of 2020 With The Latest Pizza Hut Meal ‘Cheesy Poppers Pizza’

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Time passes very quickly right? Unknowingly, now we are at the end of 2020. Soon, the new year will come and hopefully, it will be better than before.

During this year, of course, it is very difficult for everyone to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. But despite the difficulties, there are also successes and joys that we go through. There is nothing wrong with celebrating those memories.

While we may not be able to celebrate it outside, we can celebrate it with friends and loved ones at home while eating. Fun isn’t it?

Good news for you especially pizza fans because now you can order the Cheesy Poppers pizza which is the latest meal from Pizza Hut.

Cheesy Poppers Pizza

These Cheesy Poppers consist of 18 stringy Mozzarella and Cheddar cheese poppers and sprinkled with delicious toppings such as pepperoni, chicken balls, and topped with a special smokey tomato BBQ sauce.

Sounds appetizing, doesn’t it? If you want to know, this pizza comes with a thick and creamy cheese sauce that surely is delicious! You can invite friends and family to enjoy this pizza together by pulling these poppers and dipping them in cheese sauce. It really arouses your appetite.

For a limited time only, it is available for Dine-In, contactless Delivery, and contactless Takeaway in all Pizza Hut Malaysia outlets.

You can order it on Pizza Hut Online Store through the link provided HERE.

Sources: Pizza Hut Malaysia, Pizza Hut Online Store

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Floods: Number Of Evacuees Continues To Rise In Kelantan, Terengganu

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 4 — Terengganu and Kelantan continue to record an increase in the number of flood evacuees compared to yesterday, while Raub became the first district in Pahang to be hit by the floods during the monsoon season this year.

The number of flood victims continued to increase in Terengganu to 2,802 people from 781 families as of 8 am today compared to 1,817 people from 503 families recorded at 10 pm last night.

Terengganu Disaster Management Committee Secretariat chief Lieutenant Colonel (PA) Che Adam A Rahman said Setiu has the highest number of temporary relief center (PPS) at 23, followed by Besut (19), Dungun (10), Marang (nine), Kuala Nerus (six), Kuala Terengganu (five), Kemaman (three) and Hulu Terengganu (one).

He said that Marang recorded the largest number of evacuees at 778 people from 204 families compared to 681 victims from 181 families reported last night, following the opening of two more PPS bringing the total number of PPS operating in the district to nine.

Meanwhile, data from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) shows that the level of two rivers has exceeded the danger level, namely Sungai Marang in Pengkalan Berangan at 2.83 meters (above the danger point at 2.7m) and Sungai Nerus in Kampung Langkap, Setiu at 21.50m (above the danger level at 21m ).

Sources: BERNAMA

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