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SPM 2020: 401,105 Candidates To Sit For Examination Under New Normal Beginning Monday

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KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 – Today, a total of 401,105 students nationwide will sit for the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination while the country is still facing the COVID-19 pandemic, a situation which requires them to bring extra “shield”.

Besides armed with pens and knowledge when entering the examination hall, the SPM 2020 candidates are also required to bring their face shield to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.

For today, the candidates will sit for the Bahasa Melayu Kertas 1 and 2 papers, which start at 8 am and 2 pm, respectively.

The Form Five students,  including those sitting for the Sijil Vokasional Malaysia (SVM) examination,  are the rst  group to sit for the SPM examination under the new normal circumstances.

A total of  3,310 SPM examination centres have been set up nationwide and disinfected  in accordance with the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the National Security Council and the Ministry of Health.

Candidates would be required to submit a completed health declaration form every day before they enter the examination hall, besides having their body temperatures taken and wearing face masks for the duration of the examination.

Those  who tested positive for COVID-19 or are instructed to undergo quarantine because they are close contact, will not be allowed to sit for the examination on that day, but they must produce certied documents to enable them to sit for the rescheduled examination.

A total of 48,014 examination invigilators will be on duty to  ensure that the prescribed SOPs are fully complied with during the examination period scheduled to last until March 25.

The SPM candidates today are also the  group of students who had to go through the longest annual SPM class session of almost 14 months because the COVID-19 forced them to switch to online learning through applications such as Google Meet, Google Classroom and Skype.

The annual SPM, SVM and STAM examinations are usually held in November, but these 2020 examinations were deferred to January 2021 and then to February 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced the closure of schools.

Source: BERNAMA

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LATEST: Petrol Prices For RON95, RON97 Up 5 Sen, Diesel Remains Unchanged

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The retail price of RON95 and RON97 petrol up 5 sen per litre while Diesel remains unchanged per litre for one week period starting midnight tonight until the 3rd of March 2021.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Finance, based on the weekly retail pricing of petroleum products using the Automated Price Mechanism (APM) formula, the price per litre for RON95 is RM2.05, RON97 (RM2.35), and Diesel (RM2.15).

It is said the government will continue to monitor the trends of global crude oil prices and take appropriate measures to ensure the continued welfare and wellbeing of the people.

Sources: MOF

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Brazilian Female Mobile Gamer Allegedly Killed By Fellow E-Sports Player

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A Brazilian female gamer was allegedly killed by a fellow E-Sports player in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her body was found at the home of the suspect. The suspect reportedly recorded a video admitting to the crime before sharing it with a group of gamers via Whatsapp. This includes a gaming organization called Gamers Elite Clan.

He later turned himself in at the advice of his brother. The suspect confessed to being in fit mental health and that he planned everything. The authorities have seized evidence in relation to the case such as pictures, proof of meetings prior to the murder, and a notebook where he allegedly wrote all of his plans.

The victim was a rising star and played for organizations like FBI Esports and Jaguares Esports. They expressed their condolences and urged for justice to this case.

“It is with deep sadness that Jaguares Esports wishes strength to SOL’s family and the FBI Esports team. We are all in mourning. Rest in peace and justice be done,” they said.

The real motive of the murder is uncertain. However, many speculate on the jealousy between players in the same field. Despite the confession, this case is still undergoing investigation.

This brings forth the dire state of crime towards women in Brazil. The victim was actively working with the Battle Girls organization and even help create a safe space for women in E-sports.

Source: IGN, E-sports Observer

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Brand New Merchandise Collection From IKEA Will Be Available In Malaysia Soon

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Recently, IKEA has announced that its limited edition clothing collection called the ‘EFTERTRÄDA’ collection is finally making its way to Malaysia. The furniture retail company has teased us with a sneak peek of the collection, which will be available in stores on the 4th of March and online on the 11th of March in its Facebook post.

The collection which is a limited edition collection will be featuring hoodies, T-shirts, bath towels, water bottles, tote bags, umbrellas, and many more interesting items.

The limited-edition merchandise collection got first unveiled in IKEA Japan last year, then the collection was later introduced to several countries, including Singapore and Thailand. After a while, now it’s Malaysia’s turn. This collection keeps its designs simple and also minimalistic, with either the IKEA logo or barcode of its best-selling product and that would be the BILLY bookcase.

Picture: IKEA

Picture: IKEA

Picture: IKEA

The ‘EFTERTRÄDA’ collection is said to only be available while stocks last and is limited to two pieces per article for each customer who shops in-store.

Sources: IKEA, Facebook IKEA

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