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Three Malaysians Win 2021 Diana Award

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KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — Three young Malaysians have become the pride of the nation when they were listed among over 300 recipients of the United Kingdom’s 2021 Diana Award for their active involvement and contribution involving social actions and humanitarian work.

The three of them, Mogesh Sabapathy, 23, Yi Kang Choo, 22 and Sahana Kaur, 16, were awarded the prestigious recognition at a virtual award ceremony, last night.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, The Diana Award is given out by the charity of the same name. Young people, aged nine to 25, are honoured with the award for going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change and for their social actions or humanitarian work.

According to diana-award.org.uk/roll-of-honour-2021/, Sahana, from Garden International School, Kuala Lumpur wants policymakers to listen to the views of young people where she has taken on several leadership roles such as Chair of Amnesty International Malaysia’s Youth Committee.

She assisted her local Amnesty branch’s collection of 2,000 petition postcards for ‘Write for Rights’, a campaign which, in 2020, led to 19-year-old Magai Matiop Ngong being freed from death row and also talked about youth activism at United Nations-affiliated events, spoken out against Burmese refugee deportation and coordinated a COVID-19 food relief drive to support refugee children.

Meanwhile, Mogesh’s love for the oceans led him to co-found Project Ocean Hope in 2017 where he committed to drawing attention to the need for marine conservation and ran a waste management forum in 2018, before taking Project Ocean Hope into schools, visiting 10 schools a year.

Since then, Mogesh and the Project Ocean Hope team have run a series of webinars around ocean literacy, reaching more than 10,000 people from 15 countries.

Meanwhile, Yi launched the Welfare Task Force for Malaysian Students Abroad where he provided valuable support to young people who couldn’t return home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, or who were experiencing mental health challenges as a result of being isolated in a foreign country.

“Yi is also a trained volunteer counsellor for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). As part of this role, he supports young people in the UK on various important issues including bullying, abuse, self-harm and family relationships,” according to the website.

In a surprise address at a virtual award ceremony for The Diana Award, the Duke of Sussex Prince Harry honoured all the recipients from across the world for going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

“Our mum believed that young people have the power to change the world. She believed in your strength because she saw it day in and day out and in the faces of young people exactly like you, she witnessed a boundless enthusiasm and passion,” he said.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Food Review: COVID-19 Variant Getting Stronger, Try These 5 Foods To Boost Immune System

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise, taking daily precautions such as washing your hands, social distancing, exercising, and getting enough sleep is key to lowering the risk of infection. COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization. Maintaining a healthy diet to help boost your immune system may also give you an edge.

Individuals with certain pre-existing illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and respiratory issues are at a higher risk of having COVID-19 complications, it also aggravates with age as the general immunity reduces as you get older. It is important for your immune system to stay in tip-top shape. Try these 5 foods.

1) Yogurt

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Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which are good bacteria that can help promote a healthy gut and immune system. Recent studies have also found probiotics to be effective for fighting the common cold and influenza-like respiratory infections. Sarin recommends choosing plain yogurt rather than anything too flavored or sweetened and topping it with fruit and honey.  Those on a dairy-free diet can still benefit from almond milk and coconut milk yogurt options.

2) Broccoli

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Broccoli is also rich in vitamin C. Just half a cup contains 43% of your daily value of vitamin C. Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants that support our immune system. It also contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that can help fight off bacteria and viruses. To get the most out of this powerhouse vegetable, eat it raw or just slightly cooked.

3) Garlic

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Not only is garlic full of flavor, but it’s packed with health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease. Garlic’s immunity-boosting abilities come from its heavy concentration of sulfur-containing compounds, which can help fight off some infections. Garlic has been shown in the past to help ward off the common cold. It is an easy vegetable to work into your diet. You can add to it anything from pasta sauce and salad dressings to soups and stir-fry dishes.

4) Red Bell Peppers

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Red bell peppers reign supreme when it comes to fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C. One cup of chopped red bell peppers contains about 211% of your daily value of vitamin C. That is about twice more than an orange has. Vitamin C contributes to immune defense by supporting a variety of cell functions and can lower the risk of respiratory infections. It can also help the growth and repair of tissues in your body. Daily intake of vitamin C is essential for good health because our bodies do not produce it naturally.

5) Mushrooms

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While sun exposure is the best source of vitamin D, it can also be provided by some foods, including mushrooms. Mushrooms as a vitamin D source found that the ‘sunshine vitamin’ can help enhance the absorption of calcium, which is good for bone health and may also protect against some cancers and respiratory diseases. Mushrooms are great as a side dish or appetizer.

Sources: healthline.

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Food Review: ‘Cake O’Clock’, A Delicious Homemade Cake To Make You Satisfied!

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Cake lover, this article is for you! The best way to compliment any occasions like birthdays, anniversaries or even the smallest achievement is with something sweet and delightful. Of course, I’m talking about cakes! It is never a dull day with cakes and there’s always something that feels truly special about cakes.

These days, cake customization has become a trend. From quirky themes to cartoon characters, cakes come in all sizes, shapes and flavours to satisfy our taste buds. Not only that, home-baker have caught up with the trend to bring their delicacies online and available to everyone.

You don’t necessarily need to be a professional when it comes to baking. It’s all about your passion for it and using the right ingredient of course.

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Speaking of cakes, there is something about homemade cakes that simply can’t be replaced by store-bought ones.

Taking the first step, even though the turnout isn’t always perfect, isn’t what matters. What matters is that you stepped out of your comfort zone to get what you’ve always wanted. From a mere passion, Cake O’Clock is now a home-based cake business that is still thriving.

From the name itself, I would say that there is no specific time to have cakes as you can eat them at any time and anywhere.

The Baker

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Based in Taman Maluri, Cheras, Miss Simrandeep Kaur is a self-taught home baker who bakes wonderful cakes. Using just simple yet quality ingredients, this young baker manage to capture the hearts of many customers with her home-baked delicacies.

She started off in November 2020 but before taking her business online, Simran took about two months to prepare not just the ingredients but also herself as she wanted to increase her knowledge in the baking field.

Simran has always loved baking but hesitated to turn it into a business. She often ponders on how other cake businesses have grown and wondered what would it feel like for people to taste her baked goods. Thanks to her supportive family and friends, Simran managed to convert her passion into home-based entrepreneurship.

Not only is she a baker, but Simran is also a full-time student at IUMW, doing her Bachelor in Finance. Being a full-time student with a business to handle is not an easy thing but Simran manages to pull it off with the strength and support system she has. Using her knowledge in finance that she gained through her degree journey, Simran single-handedly manages the monetary documentation for her home-grown business. That’s a proud achievement, isn’t it!

Best-Selling Cakes

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Every cake baked with love is special. The fact is that cakes baked at home are extra special because it is made with love and that it comprises of original products. This means homemade goods can be delivered to others, packed with the warmth of classic homemade taste.

Some of Cake O’Clock’s best selling cakes and a must-try are :

  • Almond cakes
  • Orange cakes
  • Blueberry Cheesecake
  • Brownies with various toppings

Not only does Simran bakes these scrumptious cakes, she also does cakes such as:

  • Eggless/ with egg cakes that comes in butter, almond and orange flavour
  • Customized buttercream icing cakes
  • Loaf cakes
  • Cupcakes with customized frosting and fillings
  • Strawberry, Oreo and other types of cheesecakes
  • Vegetarian cakes

The cake that caught my attention is the loaf size cake. Sometimes we crave just a slice or a small portion of cake. However, most bakers and bakeries only sell whole cakes. But with Cake O’Clock, you can purchase their loaf size cake to satisfy that tiny craving of yours. You can even order plain cakes without any frosting.

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Besides that, all the ingredients used in these cakes are halal, so you need not worry more. Also, for vegans and vegetarian cake lovers, this is definitely a must-try cake for you as they offer vegetarian cakes too.

To order, simply head to Cake O’Clock Instagram or Facebook page and order 2-3 days in advance.

So what are you waiting for? You don’t really need an occasion to savour these yummy cakes. Head to Cake O’Clock and place yours now!

Sources: Cake O’Clock

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Tokyo Paralympics: Different Fates For Two National Swimmers Despite Missing Finals

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TOKYO, Aug 27 — Two national swimmers suffered different fates despite failing in the qualifying stage on the third day of the Tokyo Paralympic Games today.

Despite finishing in last position in the second qualifying heat of the S5 women’s 50 mm butterfly (physical disabilities) category, Brenda Annellia Larry put on a commendable performance by improving on her personal best in the competition held at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

The 16-year-old Sabahan clocked 1 minute 00.62 second (s) to finish seventh.

The country’s youngest athlete to the Tokyo Paralympics previously had recorded a personal best of 1: 09.72s in Singapore in 2019.

Chinese swimmer Dong Lu won the heat in a time of 40.74s followed by her compatriot Jiao Cheng who did 43.05s while third place went to Brazilian swimmer Joana Maria da Silva Neves Euzebio (46.32s).

Brenda finished 13th out of 14 swimmers from the two qualifying heats with only the top eight making the cut for the final.

Meanwhile, another national swimmer, Jamery Siga, was clearly frustrated when his dream to at least renew his personal best in the men’s category of the same did not materialise after clocking 40.32s.

His previous best personal best was 38.28s done at the World Swimming Championships in London in 2019.

The 36-year-old Sarawakian admitted that a poor start in today’s competition resulted in him finishing in last place in the third qualifying heat.

Jamery, for whom this is his third Paralympic appearance, finished sixth in the heat while Tao Zheng from China topped the competition and also broke the world record with a time of 32.34s, followed by Yaroslav Semenenko of Ukraine with 34.55s while host swimmer Kaede Hinata took third place with a time of 37.8s.

Meanwhile, Jamery, who was stricken by polio at the age of five, which caused his right arm to shrink, also revealed that his campaign at the Tokyo Paralympics is probably his last given his advanced age if he wants to compete in Paris in 2024.

“I apologise to all Malaysians for not being able to do my best, maybe this is my last Paralympics, age is also catching up,” he told Bernama in a tearful voice.

However, he is still interested in continuing to represent the country and will return to focus on his next missions in tournaments as well as other sporting events, including the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, China next year.

Sources: BERNAMA

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