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More Organised PdPR, Various Methods Implemented To Balance Up Students’ Needs



KUALA LUMPUR, July 22  — It has been more than a year since home-based teaching and learning (PdPR) was implemented and now the system is becoming more acceptable by all quarters with  improvements continuously made to ensure its effectiveness.

Now in its second year of implementation due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  more and more people have realised that PdPR is not only done online, but also offline, such as by providing modules according to the students’ needs and abilities.

President of the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP), Aminuddin Awang said improvements were always made by teachers based on their experience in implementing PdPR since last year.

“When PdPR 1.0 was first implemented (last year), it was with ‘zero’ experience, even for the teachers as they were not used to it. They (teachers) are trained to teach in a normal atmosphere, that is, in school and in the classroom.

“So it is on their own initiative that they explore and learn more about it (PdPR. Now, in its second year, I think they have the experience to manage it, what more now, with the PdPR now also implemented using learning modules that are distributed to students who will then submit the given assignments according to the given period,” he told Bernama recently. .

However, Aminuddin said there were still constraints in the implementation of PdPR using the modules as there were parents who did not collect their children’s assignment from school.

“We have parents who are very cooperative, but there are also some who cannot do it, perhaps because of problems to move around in this worrying COVID-19 situation that they just ignore the modules that the teachers have placed for them to pick up at the guard house at the school.

“These are some of the constraints,” he added.

Aminuddin said the impact of PdPR may not be as good as the face-to-face Learning and Teaching (PdP), but expressed his confidence of it giving a more positive effect if the issues on PdPR online and ‘real time’ can be fully addressed.

As such, he hoped the government could provide a special allocation in the next budget for mobile devices such as smartphones and good Internet access.

“The capability and ability to implement and follow PdPR online will be better on the condition that there is the device and Internet access.

“We don’t know if digital education will continue next year, so we hope there is a special budget from the government to provide the necessary assistance to underprivileged students so that they can have at least a smartphone,” he said.

Apart from that, he said, the NUTP also hoped that there would be an initiative for teachers in the form of rebates to enable them to buy laptops as a motivation for them to continue with PdPR since they had bveen using their own facilities all the while.

On July 17 this year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that the schooling session via PdPR will continue until Aug 31 this year after taking into account the current COVID-19 situation and following discussions with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Security Council (MKN).

The MOE has also decided that schools will be opened in stages for physical teaching and learning rom Sept 1 after taking into consideration the current vaccination rate in the country.

As of July 16, a total of 253,366 teachers and administrators (61.30 per cent), as well as 10,876 support staff (46.33 per cent) had received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Sources: BERNAMA


Fruit Wholesaler Loses Over RM400,000 In Musang King Deal



KUANTAN, July 28 — A fruit wholesaler was cheated of RM414,932 by a man who pretended to be the buyer of his Musang King durians.

Pahang Commercial Crime Investigation Department chief Supt Mohd Wazir Mohd Yusof said the 29-year-old victim claimed that the suspect contacted him on June 30 to buy 10 baskets of durians.

“The victim claimed that the suspect had shown him a copy of an online transaction receipt as proof of payment, then his employee came to the shop to pick up the fruit on the same day.

“This caused the victim to trust the suspect and continued to sell durians to him from July 1 to 27 and payment was made directly to his company’s bank account,” he said in a statement today.

Mohd Wazir said the victim realised he had been cheated when the total price of RM414,932 was actually not credited to the account and he later lodged a police report at the Sungai Ruan police station in Raub.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Olympic Winners Love To Bite Their Medals, These Are The Reasons Why They Do It



Olympic winners throughout all the years often bite their medals on the podium and nobody knows why they love to do it as the reason why is such a mystery. In fact, it’s such an enduring mystery that even Olympic historians do not understand it in detail. It is not a chocolate coin wrapped in gold foil. That is indeed actual metal that composes that Olympic medal. At first, people always think they bite their medals just for the pose when their pictures are being taken. Little did many people in this whole wide world know, there are actually some unexpected reasons behind it.

A little bit of history. The Olympic Games as we know them first debuted in the year of 1896. However, at the first games, rather than gold, first place competitors won silver medals, second place won bronze. In the next Olympics in the year 1900, the winners mostly received trophies or even cups. It was not until the 1904 Olympics that medals made of solid gold were awarded to top athletes. These are the reasons why Olympic winners bite their own medals.

Picture: ABC News

1) Purity Check

Traditionally, because gold is softer and more malleable than other metals, one way to determine whether or not it was real gold was to bite into it. If it is authentic, the Olympic winners’ teeth would have left an indentation.

2) Photographer Obsession

It has become an obsession with photographers. Shutterbugs consider the medal biting pose to be the shot that can make it to the front page of the next day’s newspaper and hence request the athletes to do so.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic medals are actually so unique as they are a product of the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project, which saw the collection of small electronic devices such as used mobile phones from all over Japan to produce the Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Sources: Olympics.

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Boxer Youness Baalla Tries To Bite Opponent’s Ear During Olympics Bout



ANKARA, July 28– Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla attempted to bite off his New Zealand opponent David Nyika’s ear during a match on Tuesday at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

According to Anadolu Agency, Baalla attempted to bite Nyika’s ear in the third and final round of the bout.

Nyika said, after the match, that it was unfortunate that the referee could not see what had happened.

“He couldn’t get my ear into his mouth. I am lucky for that,” said Nyika, who won 5-0 and advanced to quarter-final.

The fight drew comparisons with a 1997 infamous bout between Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.

In the second heavyweight championship match between the two in the US state of Nevada, Tyson bit a part of Holyfield’s ear off and was disqualified.

Tyson’s boxing licence was revoked for 15 months after the incident.

Sources: BERNAMA

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