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Tokyo Paralympics: WPA Reject Malaysia’s Appeal On Men’s Shot Put F20 Result

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TOKYO, Sept 1 — Malaysia received bad news when World Para Athletics (WPA) rejected its appeal on the men’s shot put F20 (intellectual impairment) result in Tokyo Paralympic Games, last night.

National athlete Muhammad Ziyad Zolkefli who broke the world record twice and would have won the gold in the event was classified as Did Not Start (DNS) due to a protest lodged against him.

Similar protests were also lodged against  athletes from Australia and Ecuador who were classified the same (DNS).

WPA in a statement stated that they also rejected the appeals made by athletes from Australia and Ecuador.

It said the decision was based on World Para Athletics Rule 5.5 – ‘Failure to Report to the Call Room’ which stated that in case athletes are not present in the call room at the relevant time as published in the Call Room schedule they will be shown in the results as DNS (Did Not Start).

Despite the teams given the opportunity to present all relevant information before making its final decision, WPA further explained that the Jury of Appeal eventually upheld the referee’s decision and confirmed the results as DNS.

Ziyad Zolkefli was a shattered man after his moment of glory in the men’s shot put F20 final was cruelly snatched away from him in the event held at the Olympic Stadium.

The 31-year-old athlete thought he had managed to defend his gold medal from the 2016 Rio Paralympics when he hurled the shot put to a distance of 17.31m with his very first attempt to break his previous world mark of 17.29m set at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London.

Then, in his third attempt, he threw it even further to 17.94m to leave his rivals trailing in his wake.

Then disaster struck as Ukraine lodged a protest with the technical committee, who then disqualified Muhammad Ziyad and two others – Jordi Patricio Congo Villalba of Ecuador and Australia’s Todd Hodgets  – for supposedly being late to enter the call room.

Ukraine’s Maksym Koval was announced as the gold medallist with a throw of 17.34m, breaking Muhammad Ziyad’s world record set in London.

Another Ukrainian, Oleksandr Yarovyi took silver with a throw of 17.30m while Greece’s Efstratios Nikolaidis (15.93m) settled for bronze.

Sources: BERNAMA

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(Video) Kamen Rider Movie With Retro Theme? First Teaser of ‘Shin Kamen Rider’

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Recently, it is announced that Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno currently writing and directing a new Kamen Rider feature movie. It is called Shin Kamen Rider, and the movie’s first teasers give us a good look at how Hideaki Anno is bringing the amazing character to life. It is said that Shin Kamen Rider has the best costume in a superhero movie.

Shin Kamen Rider looks to be trying to ape the classic Showa-era series as much as possible, presenting its tone and aesthetic through a modern lens. Hideaki Anno is a loud and proud lifetime fan of the series and even cosplayed as Hongo as a young man. A picture of the director in his own old costume was even used as a new poster advert for it.

The debut teaser gives all the fans the true first close-up looks at numerous details. The mask, the suit, and the bike have all been tastefully updated and also modernized. The music and font are on point. Everything looks fantastic. Part of the cast was also announced on Thursday in Tokyo. Sosuke Ikematsu, who appeared in The Last Samurai and also the award-winning Shoplifters, stars as a bike-riding cyborg protagonist that is none other than Takeshi Hongo. Minami Hamabe, who played Mia Fey in Takashi Miike’s Ace Attorney adaptation, stars as Ruriko Midorikawa.

Here is the closer look at the two leads in costume:

Shin Kamen Rider is the latest in Hideaki Anno’s Shin trilogy, which are the new reworkings of the classic Japanese characters. He wrote and also co-directed the 2016’s Shin Godzilla and also penned the upcoming Shin Ultraman. Because of the current situation, Shin Kamen Rider is slated to be released in Japan next March. The film’s release was unfortunately pushed back due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which has also impacted the release of Shin Ultraman.

Sources: Polygon, YouTube 東映映画チャンネル.

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Almost All Labuan Schools Sanitised Ahead of Reopening On Monday

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LABUAN, Oct 1  — Almost all primary and secondary schools on this duty-free island have been sanitised ahead of the opening of the school session on Monday (Oct 4).

Labuan Education director Yusuf Mohamad said sanitation works began last week with the cooperation of the Fire and Rescue Department.

“The reopening of the schools based on a weekly rotation method, will involve 17 primary and 10 secondary schools in the federal territory and among the schools which have been sanitised are SMK Pantai, SMK Labuan, SM Sains, SM Anthony, SM St Anne, SMK Mutiara and SMK Lajau,” he told Bernama today.

Once the secondary schools have been sanitised we will move on to the primary schools and we will ensure that everything is completed before the school session begins, he added.

Senior Minister of Education, Datuk Dr. Radzi Jidin on Sept 5 said, since Labuan is the first among federal territories and states in the country to move into Phase Four of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) the ministry will take into account all the views given by the relevant agencies here, in drafting the necessary framework.

In the meantime, Yusuf said, the standard operating procedures (SOPs) relating to the reopening of schools have been conveyed to teachers and parents through village heads.

SOP compliance in classrooms and school areas, as well as orderly dispersal of students, would be the main focus before schools in Labuan reopen next week.

According to Yusuf, the school authorities would also ensure that cleanliness is maintained and learning facilities are in working condition after face-to-face learning activities were put on hold for over six months.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Girl Did Not Die Due To COVID-19 Vaccine – Kedah Health Dept

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ALOR SETAR, Oct 1 –The Kedah Health Department (JKN) today denied that a female student died due to COVID-19 vaccine in Baling recently.

Its director, Dr Othman Warijo said the department investigated the matter and found the allegation was not true.

“The investigation found that the girl was a Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) graduate and no longer a student. She received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Sept 5, 2021 at the Dewan Tun Abdul Razak vaccination centre, Baling.

“She complained of stomach pain on Sept 19, 2021 and was given treatment at Baling Hospital. However, 20 days after she was being vaccinated, which was on Sept 25, 2021, she was taken to Baling Hospital because she was unconscious. Her health condition deteriorated and she was later pronounced dead,” said Dr Othman in a statement here today.

He said the body was taken to Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, here,  for an autopsy and the result found that she died due to a ‘ruptured thoracic aneurysm’ and had nothing to do with the COVID-19 vaccine injection.

The department extends its condolences to the family of the deceased, he said and advised the public to not believe unconfirmed news on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine.

Sources: BERNAMA

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