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Friday, July 31, 2020

Mandatory face masks on Aug 1,2020 is for crowded public places

Health DG: Mandatory face masks on Aug 1 is for crowded public places

What kind of face mask best protects against coronavirus?

- Which One? Know the various Face Mask in the market by Dr Gigi Han

How to buy face masks, according to medical experts

So you want to wear a face mask? Good call.

A growing body of evidence supports the idea that wearing face masks in public, even when you feel well, can help curb the spread of the coronavirus — since people can spread the virus even without showing symptoms. That's the main reason to wear a mask: to protect other people from you.
Face masks can also offer the wearer some protection — though how much varies greatly, depending on the type of mask. No mask will offer full protection, and they should not be viewed as a replacement for physical distancing of at least 6 feet from others, frequent hand-washing and avoiding crowds. When you combine masks with those measures, they can make a big difference.
But what kind of mask is best?
When choosing a mask, experts say focus on the fabric, fit and breathability. How well a mask protects is a function of both what it's made of and how well it seals to your face. But if you can't breathe well through it, then you're less likely to keep it on.

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Dirty hands are a sign of clean money

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Dirty hands are the sign of honest, though not necessarily clean, work and labor and thus the income from such work is what we could call clean money. .

A person working with his or her hands, generally, has signs of this ingrained in skin of their hands and it is those people that we should value more than those who have highly manicured hands, whether female or male, who thus, more than likely, have never done an honest day's work.

But society values the latter more than the former, unfortunately, and we can see where that has led us, I am sure. Not only does society value the clean hands, as in no physical dirt on them, but also those that make vast sums of money, which those that do an honest day's work getting their hands dirty, do not.

The worker is the backbone of society for without him or her nothing would get produced, no streets cleaned, no parks and public spaces maintained, no food produced and no wood. The majority of office staff, civil servants, bankers and such like we could well do without, but we cannot do without the worker, the farmer and the forester. Neither, I know, can we do without doctors and nurses, and the cleaners in hospitals. Nor without the carers for the elderly and the sick. But most of those would fall under the term of worker anyway and thus are covered.

The disgrace is that those who toil hard with their hands and do the real work are those that get the lowest share in remuneration from their labors while those who do not do a single stroke of work are the ones who get all the rewards, which really are not due to them.

There are schools, nowadays, and I guess they have always been, who teach the kids that they should not aspire to the “low” jobs of working with their hands with terms such as “you are better than that”, or “we”, referring in that case to the entire school, “we are better than that”. I wonder what they think would happen if there would be not refuse workers, no street cleaners, and such like. For one they would be drowning in their own garbage that they create on a daily basis, not to think about the other things that would not happen would those workers not be there.

by Michael Smith (Veshengro)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Three-month loan moratorium extension for those in need

Extension for those in need | The Star

Rapt attention: Laundrette worker Amira Wahida Osman watching the Prime Minister deliver the special announcement on the loan moratorium in Putrajaya. — MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

The move is expected to benefit some three million individuals and businesses

KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin today announced that banks will offer a three-month loan moratorium extension and assistance to targeted groups in view of the current tough economic times.

The move is expected to benefit some three million individuals and businesses, particularly those who suffer pay cuts and are unemployed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Muhyiddin, who had a live televised speech this afternoon.

Muhyiddin said the decision was made following a discussion with the finance minister and Bank Negara Malaysia on further measures to help borrowers that still need assistance when the six-month moratorium ends on Sept 30.

The Covid-19 lockdown measures enforced over the last few months have presented an unprecedented challenge for small businesses in Malaysia.

The blanket six-month moratorium was granted by banks in April.

"Individuals who have lost their jobs in 2020 and remain jobless are eligible for the targeted moratorium extension of three months. After three months, the moratorium could be extended further at the banks' discretion depending on the borrowers' situations.

"Those who are employed but have had their salaries reduced due to Covid-19 pandemic will be granted lower loan instalments in tandem, depending on the types of borrowings. For example, for home or personal loans, the monthly instalments will be reduced at the same rate as the salary reductions.

"This assistance is for a period of at least six months and an extension can be given subject to the current salary situations of the individuals concerned," Muhyiddin added.

Apart from the two groups, Muhyiddin said other affected borrowers including traders, hawkers, self-employed individuals and businesses could also make similar arrangements with their banks.

Banks, according to him, have expressed their commitments to helping all borrowers, both individuals and small and medium enterprises, who are affected by Covid-19 outbreak.

Muhyiddin revealed that banks may allow borrowers to make interest payments only for a period of time on a case-by-case basis.

Other options are to extend the loan tenures to reduce monthly repayments or provide other reliefs until the borrowers' financial positions are more stable.

"For hire purchase borrowers in need of assistance, financial institutions will offer appropriate instalment scheduling subject to the Hire Purchase Act. This includes extending the repayment period with a lower instalment amount," Muhyiddin said, adding that eligible borrowers can contact their respective banks to make an application starting from Aug 7. Economists laud move to extend moratorium for targeted groups

MIDF Research economist Mazlina Abdul Rahman said the extension of the loan moratorium for targeted groups is a better option than to continue providing the moratorium on a blanket approach.

"It is because there could be many borrowers who are opting for moratorium not because they are in financial distress but simply [because they] want to use the opportunity to preserve capital or for investment purposes," she said when contacted.

Her sentiment was echoed by Hong Leong Investment Bank Bhd banking analyst Chan Jit Hoong, who said the quantum of new modification loss should be lower than the blanket automatic deferment as it is aimed at a smaller audience.

This initiative, he said, did not come as a surprise and is consistent with what banks have been mulling to do after the current six-month moratorium ends on Sept 30.

"We believe it is a more sustainable method to help the rakyat and also, restrain non-performing loans (NPLs) from ballooning out of control over the short term. However, it may hide actual damage and cause lag in NPL formation if the situation does not improve rapidly or an advent of [second-wave Covid-19] paralyses the country again," he said.

Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd chief economist Dr Afzanizam Abdul Rashid said the moratorium extension shows that the government is trying to strike a delicate balance between supporting the need of the affected groups and the health of banks' finances, which is also crucial to the Malaysian economy.

"It's going to be targeted and that is very reassuring and therefore, limited resources are not going to be wasted. What is more important now is to encourage borrowers who have lost their jobs or who have been experiencing reductions in their current pay and perhaps, those who have faced financial difficulties to come forward and have a frank discussion about their states of finance with the banks," he said.

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RM525mil investment for Penang to create 1,600 jobs & human capital programme

( From left) Chow looking at the Penang NCER human capital graphic info. With him are John, state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Halim . 

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

RM525mil investment for Penang to create 1,600 jobs & human capital programme

(From left) Chow looking at the Penang NCER human capital graphic info. With him are John, state executive councillor Datuk Abdul Halim Hussain and state secretary Datuk Abdul Razak Jaafar.

SIX companies will inject a total of RM525.3mil into Penang’s economy through the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA), said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.

The investment, under the second phase of the EmpowerNCER human capital development programme, would create 1,600 jobs, especially for those affected by Covid-19 pandemic.

“The investment will help cushion the effect of the pandemic and also complement the state’s efforts in creating new jobs,” Chow said after meeting the investors in Komtar on Thursday.

The six companies are PTS Industries Sdn Bhd (RM2mil), Clarive Analytics Malaysia Sdn Bhd (RM159mil), Iconic Penang Sdn Bhd (RM150mil), Osram Opto Semiconductors Sdn Bhd (RM110.07mil), UWHM Sdn Bhd (RM65.5mil) and Coraza Systems Malaysia Sdn Bhd (RM38.73mil).

At the event, Chow also gave appointment letters to four district officers to implement the Empower-NCER programme in their districts.

Asked if the state had taken into account all the factors which could affect the investment climate during the pandemic, Chow said the investments by the six companies were testimony that new investments were still flowing into the state.

“Even in the state Task Force Committee today, NCIA’S figures show a lower investment figure since the outbreak of the pandemic, but we expect a gradual increase in investments over a period of time,” he said.

NCIA chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John said besides fulfilling the needs of the industrial sector, the manpower in Penang must be equipped with the skills and know-how under the new economic norm post-Covid 19.

“The human capital programmes are to ensure that the manpower has the resilience to compete and make themselves relevant in the various business environments which have become more challenging at present times.

“The expected improvement could be seen between 18 and 24 months from now and we expect all to return to normal by 2025,” he said.

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Sunday, July 26, 2020

如何查看自己的手机是否支持北斗卫星导航系统 - How to check if your phone supports BeiDou Navigation Satellite System

China's version of GPS now has more satellites than US original

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To find out whether your device can search for a BeiDou navigation satellite, download the androiTS GPS Test app from AppGallery, then check the satellite searching results. Satellites with an ID of 200 and above belong to the BeiDou navigation system, as shown in the following figure on right> 

For Huawei users, log in to the Huawei official website, search for your model, and go to the specifications page. Find out the navigation system type supported by your device under LOCATION. Currently, Huawei mobile devices support the following navigation systems: GPS/AGPS/Glonass/BeiDou/Galileo. Contact an authorized Huwei Customer Service Center if you can't find relevant information.

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Attacking the brain

Stroke kills more women than men each year but there are preventive steps you can take to minimise your risks.

IN Malaysia, strokes are the third leading cause of death for women, following heart attacks and pneumonia.

For some unknown reasons, many women choose not to join a post-stroke rehabilitation programme.

It is more deadly to women than breast cancer, and if it doesn’t kill you, can leave you with permanent disabilities.

A stroke is sometimes known as a “brain attack.”

It occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain is blocked by a blood clot or plaque, and brain cells begin to die.

Here are some facts about how strokes affect women differently from men:

> More women have strokes later in life.

> After age 85, stroke affects many more women than men.

> It is twice as common for women between 20 and 39 to have a stroke compared to men of the same age.

> Having a history of problems during pregnancy like gestational diabetes or preeclampsia.

> Using hormonal birth control while smoking.

> Being on menopausal hormone therapy during or after menopause.

> Experiencing migraines with aura, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat), and diabetes.

Many strokes are preventable and treatable.

By knowing your risk factors and making healthy changes, you can minimise your risks of experiencing a stroke.

Three types of stroke

Ischemic stroke is the result of blockage of blood flow to the brain. This is the most common type of stroke, and it happens most often when a person has a blood clot or atherosclerosis, a condition when an artery is clogged with plaque

Hemorrhagic stroke, caused by bleeding into the brain.

This type of stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, and blood bleeds into the brain.

An aneurysm, which is a thin or weak spot in an artery that can burst, is responsible for this type of stroke.

Mini-stroke, also called a transient ischemic attack or TIA, can happen when, briefly, less blood than normal flows to the brain.

TIA usually lasts only a few minutes or up to several hours. Many people aren’t even aware that they had a stroke.

Stroke affects different parts of the brain, and depending on which part, you may experience problems with speech, movement, balance, vision or memory.

Division of brain

The brain is divided into four main parts: right hemisphere; left hemisphere; the cerebellum; which controls balance and coordination; and the brain stem, which controls all of our body’s functions that we don’t think about, such as heart rate, blood pressure, sweating and digestion.

A stroke can happen in different parts of the brain.

In the right half of the brain, a stroke can cause:

> Mobility issues on the left side of your body.

> Problems with misjudging distances. This can cause falls, or inability to guide your hands to pick something up.

> Short-term memory loss. You may be able to remember events from 10 years ago, but may forget the directions to your regular grocery store.

> Misjudgement of abilities to do things and unusual behaviour such as leaving your house without getting fully dressed.

In the left half of the brain, a stroke can cause:

> Mobility issues on the right side of your body.

> Difficulty completing everyday tasks quickly.

> Trouble speaking or understanding others.

> Memory problems, or a tough time learning new things.

In the cerebellum, a stroke can cause:

> Dizziness, nausea (feeling sick to your stomach), and vomiting.

> Stiffness and tightness in the upper body that can cause spasms or jerky movements.

> Balance problems.

> Eye problems, such as blurry or double vision.

In the brain stem, strokes are most harmful.

Impulses that start in the brain must travel through the brain stem on their way to the arms and legs, so individuals that suffer a stroke in the brain stem may also develop paralysis.

Beware of these symptoms

Some women are more at risk because of certain health problems, family health history, age and habits. These are called risk factors.

There are certain risk factors that cannot be changed, such as age, race or ethnicity, or family history. The only thing that you can do is to control other stroke risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and unhealthy eating.

Common symptoms of stroke include:

> Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

> Severe headache with no known cause.

> Trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.

> Numbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of the body.

> Confusion or trouble speaking or understanding.

Recovering from stroke

The process of recovery can take a lot of time and depends on many factors, like the type of stroke you had, the area of your brain affected, and the amount of brain injury.

Recovery begins once you are medically stable, and this is within a day of suffering the stroke.

Your next steps will involve changes in everyday habits, medicines and rehabilitation.

In some cases, surgeries may be needed to lower the risk of another stroke.

The first step is to learn about your condition and what you should do during recovery.

Your doctor, nurses and physical therapist can answer questions you may have about about the treatment and rehabilitation.

The next critical step is to take steps to prevent another stroke from happening.

Stroke patients are always at a higher risk of having another down the road, so you need to:

> Identify and control your personal risk factors.

> Be consistent with your treatment plan. It is designed to help you recover from your stroke and prevent a recurrence.

> Continue taking medications even if you feel better. Discuss with your doctor before making changes. Also, determine the rehabilitation services you will need.

For unclear reasons, many women do not join a post-stroke rehabilitation programme.

After a stroke, you will often recover some function in the first few months. This is part of the body’s natural healing process.

But women who do go to stroke rehabilitation reap the following benefits:

> Regain as much independence as possible.

> Relearn skills and abilities that were damaged or lost.

> Learn to cope with any remaining limitations.

Setting a goal
Settling a goal can motivate you to measure your progress - TNS
Another important step is to set goals for your recovery.

You need to set realistic and measurable goals for recovery in every area of your life that has been affected.

Stroke recovery may be fast in the first few months, but it may slow down eventually.>>

When you set goals, it can motivate you to maintain progress.

Create a timeline for achieving long-term goals.

Take a multi-step approach for each goal and celebrate the short term wins when you gain them. And finally, don’t give up! The aftermath of a stroke can make patients feel powerless.

Part of your recovery is determining how to live as independently as possible.

Be reasonable with yourself, and be prepared to face challenges as you adapt to the differences in how your body works.

The road to stroke recovery may not be easy, but by focusing on celebrating your progress at every step, you can reach your goals.

Ensure you also have adequate nutrition and nutritional supplements to expedite the healing and recovery process.

Datuk Dr Nor Ashikin Mokhtar is a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and a functional medicine practitioner. For further information, email The information provided is for educational and communication purposes only and it should not be construed as personal medical advice. Information published in this article is not intended to replace, supplant or augment a consultation with a health professional regarding the reader’s own medical care. The Star does not give any warranty on accuracy, completeness, functionality, usefulness or other assurances as to the content appearing in this column. The Star disclaims all responsibility for any losses, damage to property or personal injury suffered directly or indirectly from reliance on such information.

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Remember "FAST": “Face” (does the face look uneven?), “Arms” (is one arm weak or numb?), “Speech” (does the speech sound strange?), and "Time" (4.5 hours before brain damage). If you notice these signs of a stroke, get the person to a hospital as quickly as possible. — Filepi

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