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New Study From Potential Project Reveals That Resiliency is the Key to Boosting Employee Retention

The study found that employees with high resiliency have 21% higher job satisfaction and 31% lower turnover

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NEW YORK, Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The stress of the COVID-19 pandemic — from working from home to caregiving challenges — has triggered widespread feelings of burnout among employees, leading to retention and productivity challenges for companies. According to The Mind at Work study by Potential Project, resiliency is key to changing the workplace experience and helping employees remain happy and engaged with their jobs.

The Mind at Work is revolutionary in its approach to assessing the employee experience. Data is captured via Mindgrow, Potential Project’s proprietary digital diagnostic tool, which gathers respondents’ feedback real-time within the flow of a workday. Mindgrow was developed with academic research partners from Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, Rotman School of Management, and University of California Berkeley Haas.

The research found:

  • Employees are faced with stress triggers — something that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain — more than 36% of the time spent at work.
  • Among employees who have a high level of resilience — measured by the time it takes for a person to return to a baseline after experiencing stress — burnout is 27% lower and turnover is 31% lower.
  • Among employees who have a high level of resilience, job satisfaction increases by 21% and job engagement increases by 26%.
  • The employees most at risk for burnout are those who report high levels of job engagement but low levels of resilience. These employees experience stress levels almost 4 times the stress levels of their more resilient colleagues.

As remote and hybrid work remain the reality, leaders are hungry for new ways to keep their new teams engaged. This research points to employee resiliency as a critical priority. “Companies need to arm their employees with the tools needed to manage inevitable workplace stressors. Resilience is a muscle, and by helping our employees strengthen it, we can build happier, more stress-resistant teams,” said Rasmus Hougaard, CEO of Potential Project.

Rasmus is the co-author of an upcoming book titled Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way, co-authored with Potential Project’s North American Director Jacqueline Carter, which shows leaders how to practice wise compassion to boost their companies’ productivity and morale. The book, published by the Harvard Business Review, is now available for pre-order ahead of its launch on January 18th, 2022.

For more information on Potential Project, visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn.

About Potential Project

Potential Project is a global research, leadership development and consulting firm that partners with organizations to uncover the power of the mind – how it is wired and how to rewire it for new behaviors and different outcomes. Potential Project is present in 28 countries with a network of 200 consultants and facilitators, and serves hundreds of forward-thinking companies like Accenture, IKEA, Unilever, Cisco, LEGO and Microsoft.

Contact: Paula Kelley, Global Marketing Director: paula.kelley@potentialproject.com

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Webtel.Mobi is Reintroducing a 100% Gold-Backed Currency Worldwide – Stability of 100% Gold-Secured Currency Returns After Half a Century

WM’s Impending reintroduction of a 100% gold-backed “Secured TUV” Digital Currency for all World Reserve Currencies is the first reintroduction of a 100% gold-secured currency worldwide since the post-Bretton Woods Default in 1971

Secured TUV – USD 1 000 000 or 24Kg AU 24K

Secured TUV – USD 1 000 000 or 24Kg AU 24K

ST PETER PORT, Guernsey and NEW YORK, Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global Telephony Provider Webtel.mobi (“WM”) has already introduced the world’s first fully functional and global-use Digital Currency that functions from a regulated environment.

That is WM’s “Standard TUV”, a globally accessible, globally transferable, globally refundable, multicurrency Digital Currency; that is 1:1 secured with funds in a regulated bank account. It has the properties of being a globally acceptable medium of exchange, unit of account, store of value and standard of deferred payment in all World Reserve Currencies and multiple other currencies.

As “advanced” as WM’s Standard TUV is compared to attempts by other entities to attain this ideal, it is not advanced insofar as the capacities of WM’s International Clearing System – powered by its Artificial Intelligence Complex Adaptive System – are concerned. WM has within its System far more advanced facilities that are already fully functional.

One of these is WM’s “Secured TUV” Digital Currency.

The Secured TUV is a TUV with all the characteristics of WM’s Standard TUV; but also 100% secured by physical gold to the full value of the TUV.

WM’s Standard TUV is already a 100% hedge against inflation and currency depreciation due to it being convertible to any other World Reserve Currency – and many other currencies – instantly on-demand, and being 100% secured by 1:1 funds in its currency in a regulated bank account.

WM’s Secured TUV takes this process one-step further – specifically to cater for WM Members who prefer to have the Fiat Currencies that secure their TUVs backed by physical gold.

The Gold-Backed Secured TUV is not a planned or hoped-for product. It is already – as are all products and Facilities on the WM Platform – a fully functional and operational-reality.

The only reason for WM not already releasing its Secured TUV at this time, is due to it being in the process of finalizing the entity from which the physical gold to guarantee and back the Secured TUVs will be sourced.

This is because there are various prerequisites from WM regarding selection of the final supplier – including location, adherence to regulatory best practices, secure storage and monitoring, ongoing quality-control, capacity to rapidly increase stock, capacity for secure and insured delivery to Members in the event of refunds and some other requirements.

The supplier is anticipated to have been appointed by the end of 2021, and WM has scheduled the general release of the Secured TUV for Q2 2022.

WM’s Secured TUVs will function in exactly the same way as WM’s Standard TUVs, being:

  1. Standard TUVs are free and instant to acquire. Stored Credit (“funds”) used to acquire the TUV remain in a regulated bank account for the life of the TUV – providing the 1:1 funds backing of the Digital Currency.
  2. Standard TUVs can be acquired in any currency used on the WM Platform – including all the World Reserve Currencies. They can similarly be converted into any other of the World Reserve Currencies – or other currencies available on the WM Platform – instantly and on-demand.
  3. Standard TUVs can be used for every transaction type that exists – having the same utility as both cash and digital payments.
  4. Standard TUVs are globally transferable in 1/100th of a second, with the highest levels of security, reliability, reporting – and zero costs or fees – and can be used for any offline or online payments, transfers, conversions or other transactions – at zero cost, and with zero specialized equipment required.
  5. Standard TUVs can be refunded to the certified and reverified regulated bank account of any WM member on demand – in any currency that the TUV has been converted to.

The only differences between Standard TUVs and the Gold-Backed Secured TUVs are:

  1. Although the acquisition of a Secured TUV is elective, there is absolutely no difference between the acquisition of a Standard TUV or a Secured TUV. The cost of the acquisition of both TUVs from WM is the same – zero. Both are absolutely free to acquire. The funds used for acquiring both types of TUV go into a regulated bank account for the life of the TUV, and both TUVs are therefore fully backed by the funds for which they are valued – which can be refunded at any time on demand. The only difference is that the Standard TUV is backed 100% and 1:1 by funds in its value (which can be converted to other Currencies on demand), and the Secured TUV is backed by 100% and 1:1 by funds to its value, and also backed 100% by physical gold to its total value.
  2. Besides Secured TUVs being backed 1:1 in the currency in which they have been acquired or converted to – they are also backed by physical gold to the full value of the currency in which the TUV was acquired at the time of acquisition. That is – if a Secured TUV is acquired for USD 100 – it is backed by USD 100 in a regulated bank account and also by USD 100’s worth of physical gold. The same applies whether it is for USD 100 or USD 100 million.
  3. The value of the Secured TUV fluctuates directly with the fluctuation of the value of gold in that currency. If the value of gold goes up in that currency, the value of the Secured TUV increases. The value of the Secured TUV is directly linked to the value of gold in its currency.
  4. The currency of the Secured TUV can be converted on-demand by its owner to a different World Reserve Currency or other currency in use on the WM Platform. If this is done, the value of the Secured TUV will be reflected according to that currency’s value in gold (as in point 3 above).
  5. The Secured TUV can be refunded on demand either with funds – which are transferred directly to the owner’s certified and reverified bank account – or with physical gold. If the refund is in physical gold, the Secured TUV owner can either:
    1. Fetch the physical gold himself / herself at the secure storage location (security personnel arranged by the Secured TUV owner may do the transportation of the gold thereafter, but the certified and registered owner must present himself / herself directly to have the physical gold released).
    2. Have the physical gold securely delivered to him / her personally at his / her certified and reverified physical address (arranged via his / her WM account – but at his / her own cost for secured delivery).

WM provides these services from – and functions within – a regulatorily compliant and supervised situation. Moreover, WM has already been providing services for over a decade to limited user groups, and in that time has undergone over 30 robust due diligences worldwide. This includes due diligence by multiple firms of attorneys, specialist global research organizations, Investment banks and banks and top-tier Regulatory Agencies. Members therefore have the security of working through a reliable, due-diligenced, and confirmed blue-chip global company.

It has often been stated over the course of the last half a Century that a return to the Gold Standard was not possible – and indeed, via the legacy systems in operation worldwide, it was not.

However, due to the capacities of WM’s Global Clearing System – powered by its Artificial Intelligence Complex Adaptive System – many aspects of global economics and finance that were previously unattainable ideals are, for WM, not just very easily, practically and rapidly attainable – they already exist.

The 100% Gold-Backed Secured TUV Digital Currency is just one of the many facilities, products, services and processes that are unattainable by legacy systems, but which already exist as fully-operational realities within WM’s Global Clearing System.

A return to the Gold Standard represents – over and above the already-existing capacity to instantly convert TUVs’ currencies between all World Reserve Currencies – not just a safe haven against inflation and depreciation of specific Fiat currencies, but rather a safe haven against potential instability and depreciation of all Fiat currencies worldwide.

Resources:

Media Contact:
Nick Lambert: wm@thoburns.com

Information on WM’s “Secured TUV” Digital Currency:
https://webtel.mobi/info/my-secured-tuvs/

Information on WM’s “Standard TUV” Digital Currency:
https://webtel.mobi/info/tuv-characteristics/

Video on the Capacities of the WM System:
https://youtu.be/XYBrCikUhn8

Video on WM’s Regulatory Compliance:
https://youtu.be/u522lVsGIJI

Research Reports on the Capacities of the WM System:
https://tinyurl.com/TUVresearch

Overview Information on the Gold Standard:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_standard

WM’s urls:
https://webtel.mobi/pc (Tablets / Laptops / Desktops)
https://webtel.mobi (Smart Phones)
https://webtel.mobi/wap (Pre-Smart Mobile Phones)

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Sweegen Expands Sugar Reduction Portfolio With High-Intensity Sweetener Brazzein

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sweegen is expanding its extensive sweetener portfolio in early 2022 with the zero-calorie, high-intensity sweetener brazzein.  The product was developed in collaboration with long-term innovation partner Conagen, which has scaled it to commercial production. Brazzein is a small, heat-stable protein, 500 to 2,000 times sweeter than regular sugar, making it very attractive to food and beverage manufacturers seeking excellent value in a sweetener.

As a sweetener, brazzein promises little to no bitter aftertaste and helps to reduce sweet linger, reducing taste modulation challenges in the natural sweetener space. Brazzein is stable in a wide range of pH and retains its qualities after pasteurization.  It is also readily soluble, making it ideal for sugar reduction across a spectrum of food and beverage applications.

“Introducing a high-purity brazzein to Sweegen’s portfolio of natural sweeteners is one more creative solution for helping brands make low-calorie better-for-you products,” said Sweegen’s SVP, Head of Global Innovation, Shari Mahon. “Brands can look forward to exploring the synergistic benefits of combining brazzein and stevia for reducing sugar in food and beverages in a cost-effective way.”

As a sweet protein, brazzein has great promise to fit into consumer diets, such as Keto, diabetes, or low-to-no carbohydrate lifestyles. Health-conscious consumers are also turning away from artificial sweeteners and accepting nature-based sweeteners, such as stevia and allulose.

Brazzein’s extraordinary qualities stand out among high-intensity sweeteners, but the quest to scale and commercialize it has proven difficult until now. Found sparingly in nature, brazzein derives from the West African climbing plant’s fruit, oubli. To scale brazzein sustainably, Conagen produces it by a proprietary precision fermentation process, a technology producing clean, nature-based ingredients.

“Brazzein is the first product generated from our new peptide platform, which fits well into our existing world-scale, precision fermentation infrastructure,” said Conagen’s Vice President of Innovation, Casey Lippmeier, Ph.D. “Peptides and small proteins like brazzein can be very difficult to make economically.  However, now that we have successfully scaled this peptide, we expect more sustainable, novel peptide ingredients will rapidly follow.”

About Sweegen

Sweegen provides sweet taste solutions for food and beverage manufacturers around the world.

We are on a mission to reduce the sugar and artificial sweeteners in our global diet.  Partnering with customers, we create delicious zero-sugar products that consumers love.  With the best next-generation stevia sweeteners in our portfolio, such as Signature Bestevia® Rebs B, D, E, I, M, and N, along with our deep knowledge of flavor modulators and texturants, Sweegen delivers market-leading solutions that customers want, and consumers prefer. Be well. Choose well.

For more information, please contact info@sweegen.com and visit Sweegen’s website, www.sweegen.com.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including, among other statements, statements regarding the future prospects for Reb M stevia leaf sweetener. These statements are based on current expectations but are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and are beyond the control of Sweegen, Inc.

Relevant risks and uncertainties include those referenced in the historic filings of Sweegen, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements, and therefore should be carefully considered. Sweegen, Inc. assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements due to new information or future events or developments.

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Meet the six incredible animals you didn’t know were in Qatar

Qatar Tourism / Azzam Al Mannai

Qatar Tourism / Azzam Al Mannai

DOHA, Qatar, Oct. 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

  • Qatar is giving great attention and effort to preserving wildlife in the region
  • On World Animal Day, Qatar Tourism highlights six animals you didn’t know were in Qatar:
    1. Arabian Oryx – the national animal
    2. Whale shark – world’s largest fish
    3. Dugong – only vegetarian marine mammal
    4. Hawksbill turtle – critically endangered
    5. Flamingo – a colourful migration
    6. Honey Badger – the world’s bravest animal

To celebrate World Animal Day, Qatar Tourism highlights six unexpected animals for visitors to see in the country.

Despite its small size, Qatar is home to an abundance of interesting land and aquatic creatures that make up the country’s diverse ecosystem. Home to many nature reserves, the peninsula puts great emphasis on preserving and developing local wildlife to protect it from extinction.

Chief Operating Officer of Qatar Tourism, Berthold Trenkel, said: “Visitors will be amazed by just how many interesting and unique animals there are here. Qatar is home to dolphins, falcons, sand cats, and the red fox, among many more. We are home to a plethora of amazing animals, birds, and fantastic fauna, many of which are indigenous – visitors just have to know where to look for them.”

Here is a list of the six most unexpected animals in Qatar and where to find them:

Arabian Oryx

With long spear-like horns, the Arabian Oryx is one of four species of antelope that lives in Qatar’s desert and is native to the Arabian Peninsula. It is also the national animal of Qatar.

This majestic creature used to be on the verge of extinction, but after immense conservation measures taken through Operation Oryx, the animals were reintroduced into the wilderness in 1982.

Visitors can visit the Arabian Oryx at the Al-Maha sanctuary, also called the Arabian Oryx Sanctuary. They can also be seen at Al Sheehaniya Reserve — located 45 km to the west of Doha — and Al Mashabiya Reserve in south-west Qatar, at country’s the oldest natural reserves.

Azzam Al Mannai, a Qatar-based wildlife photographer, says: “No picture can do the Arabian Oryx justice. I have been photographing them for the last three years and they always continue to amaze. They can be found in many natural reserves around Qatar and are known as ‘Al Wudhaihi’ due to their pure white colour. A truly beautiful creature.”

Whale shark

These grand aquatic creatures, often referred to as ‘gentle giants’ have been endangered since 2002. As the largest fish in the world, they can grow up to 20 metres long, and often migrate around the globe in search of tropical waters.

Qatar hosts one of the largest gatherings of whale sharks on the planet, appearing from April to September off the northeast coast of the Al Shaheen restricted marine zone.

Brigadier General Mohamed Al Jaidah, the lead whale shark research scientist in Qatar, says: “As an endangered species, conservation and protection of the whale sharks is our number one priority. We have been studying them extensively for the past 11 years in Qatar trying to understand more about them and their habitat.”

“Every year hundreds of majestic whale sharks congregate in Qatari waters to fine-dine on tuna eggs, essentially a caviar. I have seen up to 360 whale sharks at once. You see the fins, the tails, they’ll be under the boat, swimming, next to you, in all sorts of different locations.”

Dugong

Known as the ‘sea cow’, these vulnerable species are in decline and are classified as vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Home to the second-largest population of dugongs globally, Qatar’s continued efforts to study and protect marine mammals resulted in a rare sighting of a group of 840 dugongs in 2020. Often seen to gather north of the peninsula’s shores between January and early March, these sea mammals can be found in large herds, which is not common behaviour for this sea mammal.

Mehsin Al-Ansi Al-Yafei, Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences and dugong researcher, says: “What’s amazing about the dugongs of Qatar is we’ve seen gatherings of over 800 in one day over my past two years of research. Something that hasn’t been seen anywhere else in the world. They feed on the seagrass and have been swimming around the Arabian Gulf for more than 7,000 years. I have been studying marine life in Qatar since 2002 and am always amazed by the different creatures that call this country home.”

Hawksbill turtle

The 560 km coastline of Qatar is home to one of the largest and most important nesting habitats for the hawksbill sea turtle in the region. Critically endangered, they are considered by many to be the most beautiful of sea turtles for their colourful shells.

As the hawksbill turtles are popularly known to visit Fuwairit beach during their nesting season, the beach undergoes a cleaning campaign as part of the turtle protection project, before the area is closed off to the public for the nesting season. Last year was also the first time the public were allowed to witness the miracle of life during the hatching season, under the umbrella of Qatar Museums, in collaboration with the Wildlife and Protection Department of the Ministry of Municipality and Environment.

Flamingos

Hundreds of flamingos make the northern Qatari wetlands their home for up to six months as they migrate from Europe in search of warmer climates. They may be spotted from the air during a flying tour of the Al Thakira Mangroves. BirdLife International, which aims to protect the habitats of migratory birds, works actively in Qatar to ensure it is a hospitable environment for these annual colourful visitors.

Honey Badger

Don’t be swayed by its size, the honey badger is one of the world’s toughest animals. It doesn’t start fights it can’t finish, and it makes an impressive foe. It has also been known to take on hyenas, leopards, lions, and pythons. Its scientific name is ‘ratel’, but it is commonly-called the honey badger since it is known for taking on a full hive of bees to taste its favourite snack. The animal can also turn around in its own loose skin to easily break free from predators, for a quick surprise attack.

Sightings in Qatar have been reported from Zuwair, Ilham, and Al Haym southwest Al Shammal.

To find out more information about animals in Qatar please visit http://www.visitqatar.qa or download the app via the App Store or Google Play.

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For media-related inquiries, please contact Qatar Tourism’s Press Office on:

+974 7774 7863 | pressoffice@visitqatar.qa

About Qatar:

Qatar is a peninsula surrounded by the Arabian Gulf in the heart of the Middle East, with 80% of the earth’s population within a six-hour flight. Ranked the safest country in the world in 2020 by Numbeo, Qatar welcomes all travellers, and guests from over 85 countries can enter visa-free. Qatar has an incredible variety of easily accessible tourist attractions, a plethora of fauna and flora including Whale Sharks and the majestic national animal the Arabian Oryx, and most experiences are a unique combination of cultural authenticity and modernity. From iconic museums to high-rise restaurants, from thrilling desert adventures to world-famous events including none other than the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, there is something for all types of travellers and budgets.

About Qatar Tourism:

Qatar Tourism is the official government body responsible for the development and promotion of tourism in Qatar, facilitating the sector’s exponential growth. Qatar is a destination where people of the world come together to experience unique offerings in arts, culture, sports, and adventure, catering to family and business visitors, rooted in Service Excellence. Qatar Tourism seeks to boost the entire tourism value chain, grow local and international visitor demand, attract inward investment, and drive a multiplier effect across the domestic economy. The Qatar Tourism Strategy 2030 sets an ambitious target to attract over six million international visitors a year by 2030, making Qatar the fastest growing destination in the Middle East.

Web: www.visitqatar.qa

Twitter: @VisitQatar

Instagram: @VisitQatar

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More than half of 12 MP allocation of RM400 bln will go to basic development expenditure — Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 – More than half of the RM400 billion allocation under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP) will go to basic development expenditure, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed.

Basic development expenditure includes conventional, social, and economic infrastructures.

“There is also a portion for the rehabilitation of government agencies such as Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) and the Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) as well as the public-private finance initiative projects,” he said on BFM Radio’s Breakfast Grille programme today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob last Monday tabled the 12MP with a RM400 billion allocation for new and existing projects; it is the country’s biggest five-year road map – 54 per cent bigger than the 11MP unveiled in 2016 that had set aside RM260 billion.

The new plan, which has been delayed by more than a year due to the COVID-19 crisis, aims to turn Malaysia into a high-income economy by 2025, eradicate abject poverty and increase the contribution of small businesses to the total economic output.

On the problems faced by Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH) and Felda, Mustapa said the issues related to them cannot be resolved over the course of one year.

He said about RM2 billion has been disbursed from Felda’s government-guaranteed sukuk valued at RM9.9 billion.

Under the rehabilitation plan, the hibah on the sukuk would be paid by Felda, while the principal amount would be borne by the government.

“Resolved means there is a solution. In the case of LTH and Felda, it is going to take 10 years altogether as it involves a big amount,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Kapit flooding shows downward trend but still above alert level

SIBU, Oct 4 — The water level of the Rejang River at Kapit Town station showed a downward trend as of 2.45 pm today, with the latest reading of 12.29 metres (m) compared with 12.34m recorded yesterday.

However, the reading, obtained from the state’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage website at ihydro.sarawak.gov.my stated that the water was still above the alert level of 11.90m.

Further upstream, the Nanga Merit station also recorded a downward trend, but still not out of the alert level of 20m, after recording 22.63m compared with the previous reading of 22.64m.

The water level at the Punan Ba station remained unchanged at 10.12m, still above the warning level of 10m.

Coupled with the king tide phenomenon, continuous rain for the past few days has caused the river to swell, affecting several schools and longhouses in the Batang Baleh area.

Among the affected longhouses are Rumah Rentap, Rumah Soselly Sintau Sumok and Rumah Unggam Majau in Nanga Entawau, Balleh, as well as Rumah James Bandak at Nanga Sempilih, Rumah John Katil at Karangan Arad and Rumah Panyau at Nanga Kemalih, Balleh.

Kapit Fire and Rescue Department chief, Erwandy Tugor, said that his department will monitor the flood situation in the areas from time to time, as three primary schools, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Temenggong Koh, SK Nanga Sempili and SK Sungai Kain have also been affected by the flood.

He said that food assistance from the Kapit resident office, Bukit Mabong district office, Kapit Welfare Department and P216 Hulu Rejang service centre have been distributed to the affected residents.

Meanwhile, further downstream, the Kanowit Fire and Rescue Department reported that Lukut-Penyulau Road was inundated by 0.6m of floodwater; coupled with a fallen tree, the road was impassable for motor vehicles as of 6 am.

However, following good weather by this afternoon, the water receded and the fallen tree was cleared by the department to enable traffic to pass.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Provide special training for staff at disabled children care centres, JKM urged

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 4 — The Social Welfare Department (JKM) has been urged to provide compulsory special training for staff of child care centres with special needs or People with Disabilities, especially involving children with autism.

OKU Sentral president Senator Datuk Ras Adiba Radzi said it is high time for autism centre staff to be equipped with relevant and sufficient training.

“I would like to recommend a high-level training in caring for autistic children, namely the Board Certified Behaviour Analyst certification which is managed by a professional body in the United States.

“The government must make it compulsory for carers to obtain the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) Level 3. This is important because we will not be able to support these special children if we don’t obtain this certification,” she told a press conference at Parliament building here today.

She said this in response to the suspected abuse of an autistic child by a carer at an intervention centre in Bandar Baru Ampang here, which was captured on a video that had gone viral on social media since yesterday.

Ras Adiba also stressed that individuals that do not have a high level of patience and empathy should not work in a care centre for disabled children, adding that such opportunities should be given to those who are more deserving.

“These special children need our support, if we don’t support and love them then there is no point for us to be there. It is not easy for you to look after people with disabilities especially children with diverse needs,” she said.

Ras Adiba urged the government to tighten enforcement through the current care centres act so that such incidents would not happen again.

“I implore JKM and the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development to monitor this matter because it has happened one too many times. Do we want to see one of the disabled children dies before we do something? … enough is enough,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency