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Washington Monument Closed Until Joe Biden’s Inauguration



In the wake of riots in the U.S., the Washington Monument will be closed and tours suspended on Monday before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated. Capitol this week.

According to a note from Jeffrey P. Reinbold, superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks, the monument will be closed until Jan. 24.

“Groups involved in the January 6, 2021 riots at the US Capitol continue to threaten to disrupt the 59th presidential inauguration on January 20, 2021,” Reinbold wrote.

“This includes the set up and execution of inaugural events, which occur in several park areas.”

The National Parks Service, which operates the National Mall and Memorial Parks, may also temporarily close roadways, parking lots and restrooms “if conditions warrant, to protect public safety and park resources.”

“These temporary closures are based upon a determination, in consultation with the local authorities, that such actions are necessary for the maintenance of public health and safety,” Reinbold wrote, noting the closures may be extended.

After a three-year refurbishment project, the Washington Monument reopened in October 2019 to visitors. But like many attractions, when the coronavirus pandemic struck, the 555-foot marble obelisk that honors America’s first president was closed; after six months, it reopened Oct. 1.

It was then closed for several days in December, after the coronavirus was tested positive by Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who led a private tour of the monument.

Usually, hundreds of dignitaries, including former presidents, Supreme Court justices and members of Congress, attend presidential inaugurations and hundreds of thousands of spectators spread out across the National Mall to watch the ceremonies.

The audience was estimated at a record-shattering 1.8 million at Barack Obama’s first inauguration.

Biden said he wants people to celebrate his inauguration, but because of the pandemic, several activities were already scheduled to take place.

Source: USA Today


(Video) Called ’emart24′, One Of Korea’s Famous Convenience Stores Is Now In Malaysia



Recently, there has been particularly great news circling all over social media platforms that have made many netizens so excited. It is actually about one of South Korea’s fastest-growing convenience store that is called ’emart24′. According to the news, it has officially opened specifically in Bangsar South. Malaysians are so excited because now there are going to be more store which they can enjoy various Korean’s goodies.

There would be so many Korean products that are going to be sold there such as Korean street food, exclusive Korean snacks, and also Korean beauty products. Korean street food that all the Malaysians are always looking for such as delicious ‘eomuk’ which is a fish cake, sausage, ‘cupbap’ which is cup rice, fried chicken, pau, and also bingsu.


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According to the post that stated, “We’re more than just your typical convenience store. Get a variety of Korean products from hot food to cosmetics. All under one roof”. The statement itself would surely make all the Malaysians become so excited to have a visit to Korea’s convenience store.

emart24 also has mentioned that the Bangsar South’s branch is actually the first of 300 targeted to be launched in the country over the next five years with each Reserve Store having its own distinctive characters. For example, their Reserve Store in Bangsar South boasts innovations that are aimed at enhancing the customer experience with a larger space, customized interiors, and a distinct character that sets it apart from other future Reserve Stores so the customer experience is unique every time.

Sources: Instagram emart24.

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Mothers-Teachers Collaboration Makes PdPR A Success



KINABATANGAN, June 25  — The implementation of home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) requires full commitment from teachers and students, but the role of parents is also important in ensuring its effectiveness.

Teachers at a school in the interior of Sabah are aware of mothers’ influence in the success of PdPR, especially in areas where it is difficult to conduct online learning.

A teacher, Najme Nasir, said mothers of pupils of Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Sungai Lokan, had given a strong commitment to making PdPR a success since last year.

“The one who gives a lot of cooperation is the mother at home, the one who helps the students a lot is the mother, the one who keeps nagging kids about their homework is the mother.

“For that, we really appreciate the role of mothers in helping their children and also helping us teachers implement PdPR,” he told Bernama when contacted.

Najme said the commitment of the mothers made it easier for teachers to monitor the progress of students at home as some areas in Kampung Sungai Lokan did not have good internet access due to the hilly terrain.

The school’s teachers and headmaster, Masnah Apong, always looking for ideas to encourage students to be interested in learning, he said.

Among them is using their own money to buy school supplies, wrapped them before delivering them to 62 school children at their homes.

“There is no denying that the performance of students in the interior is different from that in the city, let alone when PdPR was launched following the pandemic.

“For us, we want the students here not to be left behind in their studies,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Astro To Offer Netflix’s Streaming Service On Its Platform



KUALA LUMPUR, June 24 — Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has partnered with Netflix to bring Netflix’s streaming service to Astro’s platform.

Astro said its customers will soon be able to enjoy seamless access to Netflix on their connected Ultra Boxes, first at launch, and on connected Ulti Boxes in the coming months.

“With this partnership, Astro and Netflix customers in Malaysia can enjoy greater convenience by having Netflix with their Astro subscription, providing easy access for payment in a single bill, at the best value,” it said in a statement.

Astro group chief executive officer Henry Tan said the partnership with Netflix consolidates Astro’s position as the number one entertainment destination for Malaysians by offering the best streaming services alongside its own best-loved originals, vernacular signatures, live sports and local blockbuster movies.

Sources: BERNAMA

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