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Culinary chefs gather at Shusha Culinary Festival

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By Laman Ismayilova Culinary chefs from different countries have gathered in Shusha to join the first international culinary festival held in Azerbaijan’s cultural capital. The large-scale event is co-organized by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the State Tourism Agency. During the festival, the cooks from Germany, Austria, China, France, Georgia, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Turkiye, and Japan surprise foodies with mouthwatering food. Azerbaijan is represented at the festival by economic regions, that is – Absheron-Khizi, Baku, Upper Shirvan, Ganja-Dashkasan, Lankaran-Astara, Ce… Read More »

Former entertainment journalist Mustafar AR dies

SEREMBAN, May 6 (Bernama) — Former entertainment journalist Mustafar Abdul Rahim, better known as Mustafar AR, died at the Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital (HTJ) here yesterday. He was 79.

The deceased’s son, Muszaidi Mustafar, 50, confirmed this in a post on his Facebook.

“Please pray that his soul is placed among the pious,” he wrote.

The former Utusan Malaysia journalist, was reported to have died due to health complications and was laid to rest at the Senawang Muslim Cemetery at about 10 am today.

He is survived by wife, Zaini Yusop, 76, a son and three daughters aged 41 to 51 as well as 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mustafar who started his career as a journalist at Utusan Melayu in 1972 until his retirement in 1998, also wrote several books including a book on P. Ramlee’s films which he compiled with the late actor and comedian Datuk Aziz Sattar.

Meanwhile, Muszaidi when contacted said his late father had several health problems including diabetes, high blood pressure and was detected to have heart disease last January.

“The first time when he was admitted to HTJ from Jan 19 to 24, he was still looking alright but he was admitted for the second time from April 6 to 9 due to heart failure and from April 20 until yesterday, he was admitted to the Rembau Hospital.

“However, he was transferred back to HTJ as his heart was functioning at 30 per cent and this was affecting the other organs which finally led to his death yesterday,” he said.

Muszaidi described his late father as a firm and committed person who would strive to do his best especially in his career as a journalist.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Winning Gold Award in Dubai proof of govt’s commitment towards sustainability – PM

KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 (Bernama) — The achievement of Malaysia Pavillion in bagging the Gold Award in conjunction with the Expo 2020 Dubai Pavilion Awards reflects the country’s success in delivering on its commitment to sustainability by maintaining biodiversity internationally.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the award was also an international testimony of the programmes at the Malaysia Pavillion, in line with the pavilion’s rainforest canopy theme, concept and design.

This included adopting various natural concepts like waterfalls, vertical gardens and other natural elements.

“Congratulations Malaysia Pavilion. On March 30, Malaysia Pavilion won the Gold Award for the Theme Interpretation category hosted by Bureau International des Expositions,” Ismail Sabri said in a post on his official Facebook page today.

Bearing the theme of ‘Energising Sustainability’, the Malaysia Pavilion tells how socio-economic progress can happen without sacrificing the environment, with the people building towards a sustainable future.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Singaporean tourists staying at MITC Hotel to enjoy toll rebate

Tourists from Singapore who stay at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC) Hotel here will enjoy rebates on toll payments they made to enter Melaka beginning this May, MITC general manager Sazali Sabri said.

He said the toll rebates would be given through discounts on their booked rooms in an effort to attract more tourists from the republic to stay at the hotel following the reopening of Malaysia’s borders from April 1.

The discount will be given to Singaporean tourists who enter Melaka with their own vehicles, and there was no limit or quota on the discount.

“Our hotel previously had around 20 to 30 per cent bookings from Singaporean tourists, out of our total of 200 rooms, especially on weekends and school holidays.

“So if they come to Melaka and stay here, we will give them a special room price by paying their toll. They just need to show proof of toll payment,” he told reporters at the Media Appreciation Night 2022 here today.

He added that there were other various interesting packages offered to Singaporean tourists, which have received encouraging response previously, especially the religious rites associated to Hari Raya Aidiladha.

He said the Durian Fest is also expected to be held in May and is highly anticipated by Singaporean tourists.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Artecationista: Experimenting with visual arts using pointillism technique

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 (Bernama) — Taking on something new, especially an endeavour that is different from one’s field of work that one has been involved in for decades, takes a tremendous amount of courage.

Mimi Salleh, Norsa’adah Ahmad, Haryanti (Yan) Yahaya, and Zalila Isa, who have each established themselves in the field of writing and the country’s book industry, portrayed this bravery when they decided to venture into the field of visual art.

Guided by the country’s accomplished artist with extensive experience in fine art and book illustration, Emila Yusof, the four women poured in hours of effort into producing masterpieces using the pointillism technique starting last year.

Pointillism refers to a painting technique using tiny dots of various colours to create objects as desired by the artists.

Emila, 53, herself began to delve into the technique after being inspired by the artworks of French painter, Paul Signac, which were on display at the Albertina Museum while visiting Vienna in 2019.

When met recently, Emila said, under the Artecationista brand name, over 50 of their artworks would be displayed at the 2022 Nature Pointillism Exhibition from April 1-22 at GMBB, a creative community mall in Bukit Bintang here to be hosted by the Museum of Picture Book Art, Malaysia.

Norsa’adah, 43, who is a co-owner of an indie book publishing company, said initially she had doubts about her ability in painting, but with Emila’s guidance and encouragement from the other three women, she finally discovered the joy in painting using the pointillism technique, which had also helped her realise her potential.

Sharing similar views, Mimi, 48, who has created a name for herself as an author of picture books for children and articles on arts, said this latest venture helped her to see things from a wider perspective, adding that her confidence soared when she managed to finish each painting using the technique.

“(Producing paintings) using this technique helped me to learn to be patient because to complete the layers of colours takes time, sometimes days, but I feel satisfied when I saw the results,” said Yan, 43, who started her career as an engineer before becoming a translator.

Zalila, 44, who is an editor, said the opportunity to collaborate with her favourite Malaysian artist, Emila, should not be missed, adding that she began to spend time to learn more about the technique with Emila’s guidance.

“Drawing is not just recording what you see and think in the form of paintings, as it also changes my perception of nature (especially). Now I look at the tree, its leaves and twigs, the various hues of greens more closely,” she said.

When asked about what she hoped to achieve through the exhibition, Emila said: “To give the idea to people that anybody without any art background can make art if they put their heart and mind into it.

“And that with daily practice, they can create their masterpieces that they never thought they could.”

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Disney Faces a New Theme Park Player Backed By Sony

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By Colette Bennett You can really “seek to leave your world behind” in these new experiences. If you’ve ever been at a theme park and thought to yourself, “You know, I really wish I could fight off a stampede of furious hippos that would chase me off a gigantic waterfall and possibly hurl me to my death on the rocky cliffs below,” then boy, do we have some great news for you. Okay, maybe this new experience won’t be that intense, but it certainly hails from that sort of pulse-pounding adventure. And if it didn’t at least provide a few heart-stopping moments, well, it just wouldn’t seem right. … Read More »

MOTAC targets two million visitors to Malaysia this year – Nancy

KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (Bernama) — The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) is targeting the arrival of two million tourists to Malaysia this year, with a profit of more than RM6.8 billion.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri said this was following the government’s announcement on the reopening of the country’s borders on April 1 which is hoped will revitalise the tourism industry that had been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For domestic travellers, meanwhile, we have not set any targets because in 2019, we earned RM103 billion from domestic tourism. So, we hope to earn at least 50 per cent profit as it will be quite difficult to achieve (profits) like 2019,” she said when winding up the debate on the motion of thanks for the Royal Address for her ministry at the Dewan Rakyat today.

Previously, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had announced that the country would enter the Transition to Endemic Phase and that the borders of the country would be reopened on April 1.

Meanwhile, speaking at a media conference after the winding up session, Nancy said that MOTAC had allocated RM50 million for the Tourism, Arts and Culture Matching Grant (GPPSB), which covers grants for the tourism sector (GSSP) and culture sector (GSSK).

She said both these grants were for the revitalisation of the tourism and culture sectors that have been badly hit by the pandemic for the past two years.

Apart from that, she said the grants would also help the industry players to continue to be competitive in promoting Malaysia as a safe tourism destination as well as stimulating the country’s arts and culture ecosystem.

The GSSP will focus on the organisation of domestic and international programmes or events when the country’s borders are opened while GSSK will focus on the hosting of high-impact arts and culture events.

“Applications for both these grants can be submitted from April 1. For more information, applicants can browse the website at www.tourism.gov.my,” she said.

The sitting continues tomorrow.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency