Sunday, February 28, 2021

114 Million Cases and Boeing's Three Mishaps


Covid-19 has now infected 114 million people worldwide. 

And North Macedonia is the latest country to join the C100K list.





 







The eighty-three countries that make up the C100K grouping contributed 97.8% and 98.4% of global cases and deaths respectively.

Another Boeing 777 airliner made an emergency landing, this time in Moscow, Russia after pilots received an indicator warning of possible engine failure, Reuters reported on Friday – this being the third such incident involving a Boeing plane in less than a week. 

The incident followed another more dramatic event last weekend on another Boeing 777, where an engine malfunction scattered debris over Broomfield, a Denver area in Colorado, USA. That jet, a Boeing 777-200, was heading to Hawaii when it had to return to Denver International Airport after its right engine failed shortly after takeoff.




Photos by Broomfield PD via EPA 

A similar mishap occurred on a Boeing 747 cargo plane over the Netherlands this past week. 

In the meantime, US regulators have imposed $5.4 million in civil penalties against Boeing for violating terms of a $12 million settlement in 2015, and the aircraft maker has agreed to pay another $1.21 million to settle two current enforcement cases. 

Boeing’s troubles don’t seem to end.

WSD 2021 Promo Videos: Update 4


Our “WSD with CV Plus” channel on YouTube boasts a collection of 72 videos. 

This is for sure, my fifth and last report ever for WSD 2021 promo videos – and it is exactly a month apart from my last report. I can assure you it is the final update because by tomorrow, we should already be starting to upload the actual World Speech Day 2021 speeches. 

The Top 20 videos as at today, 01:10 PM are detailed below: 

  • Karyn Yadlyn – 555 views (482) 
  • Abegail LeeAnn – 535 views (481) 
  • Stancylyn Tani Nila – 533 views (468) 
  • Christal Wong – 518 views (449) 
  • Zahra Moharrer – 513 views (451) 
  • Robyn Grace Leo – 512 views (444) 
  • Ken Chan – 485 views (434) 
  • Safura Atan – 482 views (458) 
  • Ang Sher Lyn – 468 views (433) 
  • Sumithra Devi – 424 views (347) 
  • A Suriakumar – 394 views (328) 
  • Lee Chin Yee – 378 views (344) 
  • Samuel Sham – 371 views (340) 
  • Raihana Mohd Ghaus – 360 views (335) 
  • Fazlina Fadzil – 342 views (313) 
  • Rohijas Md Sharif – 325 views (311) 
  • Buddhika Laknath Ranasingha – 322 views (289) 
  • Mathew Philippose – 315 views (293) 
  • Alan Chew – 311 views (280) 
  • Mohd Farhan Abd Latib – 290 views (276) 

[Note: The figures in parentheses indicate the number of views from the last report published January 28, 2021].

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Back to School


Irrespective of whether it's still MCO or not. 

But that's not all. The authorities have been busy coming up with a new punitive law and it is coming down hard on Malaysians who flout SOPs.

Any individual who breaches Movement Control Order regulations, now faces fines up to RM10,000. 

This is according to the new Emergency (Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021 published in the Federal Gazette website on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, the emergency ordinance also said that companies who violated MCO regulations will be liable to a maximum fine up to RM50,000. 

The new rules come into effect on March 11. 

This is no joke for those who break the rules. 

They're going to need stacks of paper money and I don't mean Monopoly money. 

And More WSD 2021 Posters

And another set of WSD 2021 posters:






#unexpectedvoices #worldspeechday

Friday, February 26, 2021

WSD 2021 Kuala Lumpur Update 2






I did a couple of additional posters for World Speech Day 2021 Kuala Lumpur. 

The event is fifteen days away – and we have now amassed 40 registrations. Of course, we can accommodate more speakers because we’ve put aside two days for it. 

Here’s a summary of the registrants todate:


#unexpectedvoices #worldspeechday

113 Million Cases and Dr. Noor Hisham's Very Bold Statement


The world’s coronavirus caseload has already reached 113 million cases two days ago – and I’ve not been alert to this fact. 

I guess, like most people, I’ve become Covid-weary. 

Really, we all should start getting back our lives. Time to take back control. 

Only four people in every one million who are vaccinated for Covid-19 will experience side effects, Malaysia’s Health Director-General Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (right) revealed today. A very bold statement indeed. 

According to him, todate, he has not heard of any Malaysian who had been vaccinated complain about side effects.  

What is he yapping about? We just started the vaccine rollout on Wednesday! What a load of bull!

And even as parts of Malaysia, specifically Kuala Lumpur and Selangor continue to be under the Movement Control Order, more SOP relaxation is expected. 

The latest is yesterday’s announcement that meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions (MICE) can resume in areas currently under the MCO beginning March 05. 

However, there will be a limit to the number of participants for the activities, which is set at 25 percent of the venue capacity or no more than 250 people at a time.



Thursday, February 25, 2021

WSD 2021 Johor Bahru Update

Registrations for World Speech Day events in Malaysia are moving along nicely – but we know we can do better. More so for WSD 2021 Johor Bahru. 

Today, we’ve reached 50 registrations – and there’s still a long way to go.


And so, I’ve developed another series of posters for the said event – to give it a boost. 

#unexpectedvoices #worldspeechday











Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Humble Chamber Pot Transforms









Chinese internet users are abuzz over the humble chamber pot rebranded as an “enamel fruit basket” and sold on US e-commerce platform Amazon. 

According to Global Times, besides being tagged at a price almost 15 times its regular price in China, the ad promoted the item for “other uses”. 

A similar product sold on Chinese e-commerce platform Taobao, is priced at a much more modest 28 yuan (RM17.52). 

One Weibo user quoted by the portal expressed hope that no one would buy the chamber pot and send it as a gift to their Chinese friends. 

“Because no Chinese people would feel happy if they see a delicately packed spittoon with fruits in it”, commented the user. 

Another user joked about his childhood potty fetching such a high price of $60 (RM242.55). 

The humble spittoon, commonly seen in Chinese households in the 1980s and 1990s, went viral after an internet user posted a picture on social media with a wide range of uses, including holding vegetables and fruits, as an ice bucket, decorating the kitchen and used as a gift for housewarming and weddings. 

The post was widely circulated among Chinese internet users as they were amazed and shocked to see the spittoon being so well regarded. The hashtag “the other ways a spittoon is used” has since received more than 50 million views of comments on Chinese social platform Sina Weibo.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

112 Million Cases and Facebook Capitulate Or So We're Told


We’ve reached 112 million coronavirus cases. 

And Albania becomes country #82 to join the list of countries with more than 100,000 infections todate.






 








Overall, these countries have combined to yield 97.8% and 96.6% of cases and deaths respectively worldwide. 

Facebook are now reversing their Australia news ban or so it seems. According to news reports, they appear to suggest that the former sued for peace because of the global pushback to Facebook’s hostile attack on Australian users, and their news purge had drawn stinging condemnation. 

Who knows what went on behind closed doors. 

For sure, the story has not ended because governments will want to address the monopoly power of the big "tech" companies like Facebook and their bullying behavior.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Push-ups


Here's a confession. The only exercise I do is push-ups. And I’ve not done them for years. I kid you not. 

But since January this year, I’ve started them again on a daily basis – and they have become my regular exercise routine every morning. 

Push-ups are a type of strength building exercise. Though they mainly activate muscles in the arms and shoulders, they also engage muscles in the core and legs. Therefore, push-ups are beneficial for building strength throughout the body.


"Push-ups will improve your health by building muscle, raising your metabolism to burn fat, and providing a cardiovascular benefit", says Robert S Herbst, a personal trainer and former world champion powerlifter. "They enable you to get a full body workout with no equipment". 

I started with twelve push-ups and I’ve steadily increased the number of push-ups over time. Now, I’m doing about 42 push-ups daily and working my way to do even more. 

And if I’m looking for push-up variations – here are two I could consider in the future: The decline push-up and the dumbbell hex press.




Flouting the SOP that Confuses Everybody

On Saturday, I blogged about the SOP that confuses everybody – my post titled “An SOP that is a Muddled Mess”! 

Indeed, Malaysians are getting nabbed for flouting the 10km rule – and which banned interstate and inter-district travel. 

That day itself, one hundred and thirty three people were caught for this particular offence. On February 19, there were one hundred and thirty-five cases. And on February 18, sixty-eight cases.

The New Straits Times reports, of course, did not provide any further details. I reckon it'll be nice to know if the flouting of the said SOP was intentional or unintentional. 

Anyway, I did say yesterday that Malaysians are MCO-weary, didn’t I? 

Ross County moved out of the Scottish Premiership relegation places after their 1-0 win over Celtic on Sunday. 

The latter dominated possession but created little on another dispiriting night for Neil Lennon's reigning champions. The defeat all but ended Celtic’s slim title hopes. 

They are left trailing Rangers by 18 points with eight games left. Sigh!

Sunday, February 21, 2021

MCO-Weary


The Covid-19 numbers for these six days are definitely not encouraging at all. Two words to describe them. Very high.

The national figures are a series of ups and downs. A seesaw situation. But one thing’s certain – it’s still four digits. 

This means that the MCO 2.0, which started on January 13, has failed to bring down the numbers drastically. And the authorities cannot be imposing MCO after MCO after MCO. 

Already, Malaysians are MCO-weary. I mean, those of us in KL and Selangor especially. 

Of course, I’m not surprised by this state of affairs – but another round of MCO, I’ll want to think about killing myself.

Justice in Malaysia moves oh so slowly. And I'm saying this because I was reminded of this Facebook post I saw today:


Like many Malaysians, I can't help but wonder when the two lovebirds will end up as jailbirds.