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Pink Seesaws Built Across US-Mexico Border Named ‘Design of The Year 2020’

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The prestigious Design of the Year award was won by a series of bright pink seesaws that allowed individuals to connect across the US-Mexico border, with its designers saying they hoped the work would inspire people to create bridges between cultures.

The Teeter Totter Wall, which bridged a 40-minute session across El Paso in Texas and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, was identified by the judging panel as not only feeling “symbolically important,” but also highlighting “the possibility of things.”

The designers of the seesaws, Ronald Rael, a professor of architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and Virginia San Fratello, an associate professor of design at the State University of San José, first came up with the concept a decade ago after the Secure Fence Act 2006, which began construction on the border on a wide scale.

They said they hoped that the design would help people reassess borders’ efficiency and foster dialogue rather than division. San Fratello said: “I think it’s become increasingly clear with the recent events in our country that we don’t need to build walls we need to build bridges.”

“Walls don’t stop people from entering our Capitol,” Rael added. “Walls don’t stop viruses from moving. We have to think about how we can be connected and be together without hurting each other.”

In July 2019, videos of people interacting and playing across the border on Day-Glo creations went viral, with Rael saying they provided the countries with “a literal fulcrum”. The bright pink coloring was influenced by Ciudad Juarez’s femicide memorials, which pay tribute to women murdered in the area.

The designers also took inspiration from political cartoonists and wanted to talk about the border issue in “a very frank way but using humor”.

More than 70 candidates, including a 3D rendering of the virus causing Covid-19, Lee Ha Jun’s set design from Parasite, the Oscar-winning South Korean film, and the union flag stab-proof vest worn at Glastonbury 2019 by Stormzy, were competing for the winning design.

Six category winners were also presented with awards celebrating creativity in goods, design, multimedia, fashion, graphics, and transport.

Source: The Guardian

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Majority Of Malaysians Still Adhere To SOP, But Some Are Tired

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SHAH ALAM, May 18  –The recent viral on social media of pictures and videos of various quarters violating the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOPs) has sparked public outrage, especially with the high number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the country.

Nevertheless, majority of Malaysians are steadfast in adhering to the SOPs set by the government, which they have been doing since last year and has now become part of the new norms in their daily life.

Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) counseling psychologist Dr Fauziah Mohd Saad said this could be seen during the recent Hari Raya celebration which saw majority of the people complying with the government’s directive not to go on house visits.

“However, in terms of enforcement, there must be empowerment by the authorities such as by the management of shopping centres in controlling the number of patrons at their premises which should control the number of visitors,” she told Bernama.

A survey by Bernama at shopping malls in Shah Alam found there were not as many people at the premises as had been viralled on the on social media last weekend in conjunction with the Aidilfitri celebration.

A counselling and motivation expert, Hushim Salleh, opined that the SOP violation by some people was  because they had been under the movement control order for too long, causing them to feel restricted.

“They are suffering from pandemic exhaustion to the point of triggering psychological and emotional effects that bring to a level where they no longer care about the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Not that they do not know about the number of the COVID-19 infections and advice on complying with the SOPs as all the information can be obtained from their smartphones.

“It is the current situation that can sometimes leads to irrational thinking,” he added.

Selangor still recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases with a total of 1,650 new cases recorded yesterday.

An expert in public health at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Associate Professor Dr Malina Osman regarded the SOP non-compliance by some quarters in Selangor, especially in Shah Alam, as the cause of the spread of COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, a survey by Bernama at the COVID-19 Assessment Center (CAC) at the Malawati Stadium near here found that the situation was no longer as crowded as was viralled on social media before.

This followed a decision by the state government in setting up tents outside the CAC for the convenience of patients and staff.

Sources: BERNAMA

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(Video) 5 Recommended Moisturizers To Get From Your Nearest Drugstore

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Moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine. It is to keep your skin hydrated and away from blemishes, dullness, dryness, and more. A good moisturizer will lock in moisture on your skin and moisturizing your skin regularly, it will make your skin looks brighter and younger.

A girl posted a video of recommended moisturizers for oily or combination and acne-prone skin that can be bought from the drugstore and it was really helpful because skincare products from the drugstore are mostly affordable and the products mentioned are the ones with good reviews and high ratings.

@skincarethreadmyMoisturizer recommendation drugstore version! ✨ #pendidikankulit #skincare #skincaretips #buwatjetiktok #fyp #fypdongggggggg #tiktokmalaysia

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These are five moisturizers that you can get from your nearest drugstore:

1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Rating: 4.3/5

Price: RM66.90

It is formulated with Patented Superior Technology with 5% Prebiotic Kiwi yeast extract that will hydrates skin up to 72 hours. This moisturizer will also stimulate the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid.

2) Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Plus Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM29.90

It is infused with Prebiotic from France and Rice Water from Korea that will soothe skin by 96.9% and keep your skin moisturized for up to 24 hours.

3) Hada Labo Hydrating Snow Dew

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM73.20

It contains ceramide that can strengthen the skin barrier and four types of hyaluronic acid for perfectly moisturized skin.

4) Bio Essence Water Gel

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Rating: 4/5

Price: RM57.90

This moisturizer helps skin to repair, replenish and renew itself. It also enhances the intake of oxygen to let the skin breathe making it active and energized.

5) Safi Acne Solutions Soothing Gel Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM26.00

It has a non-oily formula that is lightweight and water-based. It is also pH balanced and absorbs quickly which is suitable for oily skin types. The main ingredients are AHA, BHA, and Neem.

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(Video) Al-Aqsa Mosque: 5 Amazing Facts That You Might Not Know About

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Al-Aqsa Mosque is located in the Old City of Jerusalem and it is the third holiest site in Islam. The covered mosque building was originally a small prayer house erected by Umar, the second caliph of the Rashidun Caliphate after the Muslim conquest of the Levant in the early 7th century. It was rebuilt and expanded by the Umayyad caliph Abd al-Malik and finished by his son al-Walid in 705.

There is actually a lot of interesting history for the most significant and highly contested holy site in the Palestinian city of Jerusalem. These are actually 5 amazing facts that many people should know about it Al-Aqsa Mosque.

1) It Was The First Qibla For Muslims

Al-Aqsa is one of the holiest sites in Islam. While Muslims now pray in the direction of the Kaaba in Saudi Arabia, this has not always been the custom. Before resorting to the Kaaba as a Qibla, the direction that should be faced during Islamic prayer, Muslims used to pray in the direction of the Noble Sanctuary in Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa now stands. Prophet Muhammad was later instructed to take the Kaaba as a Qiblah through Surat Al-Baqara.

2) Dome Of The Rock Is Said To Be One Of The First Islamic Domes In History

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The legendary golden dome is probably the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Al-Aqsa. The mosque’s Dome of the Rock is said to be the first dome to ever be used in Islamic architecture, before becoming a staple of Islamic mosques. Initially made of wood, the dome was later decorated with marble pieces and a distinctive gold layer by Ottoman Caliph Suleiman the Magnificent.

3) It Is Not Just One Mosque

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While Al-Aqsa is often thought of as a single building, the site actually consists of several mosques, such as the Buraq Mosque and the Marwani Mosque. To avoid confusion, the wider compound in which Al-Aqsa is located is usually referred to as Al-Haram Ash-Sharif.

4) Has Its Very Own Library

The Al-Aqsa Library was established in the year of 1923 by the Supreme Muslim Legislative Council. It includes a collection of valuable manuscripts and published works in Islamic and Arabic studies.

5) Muslims Believe The Site Has Witnessed Miracle

Muslims believe that Prophet Muhammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to Al-Aqsa during the ‘Night Journey,’ known as Al-Israa Wal- Mi’raj, one of the most significant events in the Islamic calendar. It is said that during ‘The Night Journey’, Prophet Muhammad traveled from Mecca to Jerusalem, and then up to Paradise, on a heavenly creature.

Sources: YouTube FreeQuranEducation, Lonely Planet, Madain Project, Twitter The British Library, Twitter AhmedBukhatir.

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