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MARDI to supply fruit seedlings for cultivation over 200-hectare ite

JELEBU, Sept 24 — The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) is targeting to supply selected fruit and vegetable seedlings to farmers with agricultural land area of 200 hectares (494 acres) by the end of this year.

Director-general Datuk Dr Mohamad Zabawi Abdul Ghani said the seedlings to be given free, were for farmers who legally own the land or occupying a leased or rented property, while the crops would include durian, starfruit and sweet potatoes.

He said the farmers would be given guidance by MARDI, from the first stage of planting until the end when the project bears fruit, throughout the four-year period.

“However, this project will only be given to farmers who are genuinely interested and willing to comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by MARDI.

“The farmers will only be given one selected crop or vegetable for cultivation and for now, we have identified the farmers who will be involved,” he told reporters after a food basket presentation by the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) here today.

Also present were MAFI Deputy Minister 1 Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah and Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.

Meanwhile Mohamad Zabawi said MAFI was also targeting to get farmers to cultivate 1,000 hectares of land using clones to be supplied by MARDI in 2025.

He added that various types of fruit crops including pomelos would be planted on 250 hectares of land owned by MARDI in Simpang Durian to boost the country’s local fruit industry, apart from making Jelebu synonymous with pomelos.

Earlier, Ahmad presented MAFI Prihatin food baskets to 350 recipients around Jelebu who were affected following the COVID-19 pandemic besides donating 100 fruit seedlings to them.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

M’sia, S’pore to discuss recognising respective COVID-19 vaccination certs – Muhyiddin

MUAR, Sept 24 — Malaysia and Singapore will undertake efforts to recognise each other’s COVID-19 vaccination certificates to facilitate border crossings, National Recovery Council (MPN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said.

Muhyiddin said he had recently discussed this with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who agreed in principle.

For the time being, he said Singapore was being cautious about opening its borders as both countries were still dealing with COVID-19 cases, while the vaccination process on both sides of the border has not been completed.

“Malaysians want to visit Singapore and they want to come here too as both countries share close ties, including daily business activities as well.

“And when the borders can’t be opened, this turns out to be a big problem,” he told reporters after a meeting with Johor Bersatu leaders here today.

To date, the only cross-border activity allowed involves lorry and trailer drivers who have had their vaccine shots in Singapore.

Muhyiddin said if there is a breakthrough between both countries on the matter, then it will also pave the way for similar talks with other nations as well, including Thailand.

“In our meetings, we have already started discussing the (possibility of) opening up our borders, either for foreign tourists or just for Malaysians.

“We will also examine data and science and seek the views of experts, including at the Health Ministry level and also look at border security issues under the Home Ministry,” he said.

Besides border crossing, Muhyiddin said issues concerning unemployment, including among graduates in the country, and underpaid employees would also be discussed in the MPN meeting next Monday.

“Unemployment among graduates had already been an issue even before the pandemic, but maybe it is a more stressful situation now. What we did when I was Prime Minister was to work on job initiatives through the National Employment Council.

“I expect Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to continue with this effort to generate as many job opportunities as possible. Our previous target was 500,000 jobs,” he said.

He said with the opening of more economic sectors such as tourism and manufacturing, there will soon be more jobs and options available, including for those currently being underpaid.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

NTHU researchers unveil ultrasonic vortex thrombolytic device for quick thrombosis treatment

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 24 — As COVID-19 vaccination has raised the issue of thrombosis, Dr Chih-Kuang Yeh, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences, has led a research team to develop the world’s first ultrasonic vortex thrombolytic device and treat thrombosis quickly and safely.

The research has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in 2021. Moreover, US and EU patents are granted, with more applications on the way, according to a statement.

The device is developed to solve two common thrombosis called pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which have global prevalence of 10 million new cases annually.

Yeh explained the current treatment options included drug delivery catheter and thrombectomy devices, but they were not effective enough or might bring up hemorrhage risks.

Working with industrial partners, his team has developed a 0.2-mm ultrasonic device, which can generate tornado-like ultrasonic vortex and create a strong turbulent around the thrombus, therefore increasing penetration of thrombolytic drugs and resulting in very effective thrombolysis. The residue of the dissolved thrombus is just 0.001 cm.

He said animal studies had shown results of 60 per cent thrombus shrinkage in the mice brain after applying ultrasonic vortex for 10 minutes, demonstrating the potential of fast treatment. What’s more, the feedback property of ultrasound can be used for real-time treatment monitoring.

Yeh added his team was also working on using ultrasonic vortex for non-invasive thrombolysis, providing potential to treat embolisms in the brain.

In addition, while combining with microbubbles for controlled drug release, treatment for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy, will become possible.

Yeh’s team is named VorteSonic, a combination of vortex and sonic waves. Core team members include Ph.D. students Wei-Chen Lo and Zong-Han Hsieh, who are in charge of ultrasonic transducers and the driving system; and Dr Chun-Yen Lai, who will be leading the team after spinning off a startup from the university.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Traders heave a sigh of relief as Johor enters Second Phase of PPN

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 24 — Traders at a popular shopping mall in the city can now breathe a sigh of relief as the public began patronising their permises on the first day of Johor’s transition to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) today.

The owner of Hj Wahid Mee Rebus restaurant, Abdul Halim Wahid, said he was expecting more customers on weekends as those who have been fully vaccinated can now travel inter-district.

“Previously, people might be afraid or hesitant to go out, but after Johor entered the second phase, we hope that more customers will come,” the 65-year-old trader, who has been doing business for about 24 years told Bernama, here today.

For a 44-year-old shoe store owner, Lim Kang Wei, he hoped that the relaxation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) in Phase Two of PPN will to some extent help him to revive his business which has been affected by the pandemic over the past three months.

“However, at the same time, we also hope to receive foreign tourists, especially from Singapore, as Johor Bahru city is also a shopping destination for Singaporeans,” he added.

Meanwhile, checks by Bernama found that the public was seen shopping with their children and eating at the food court and food outlets as early as 10 am.

Nur Syairah Mohd Khalid, 28, said she took the opportunity to do some shopping with her family after months of being holed up at home.

“I also plan to bring my family for a holiday at a nearby destination…Alhamdulillah, Johor has entered phase two, many sectors have been allowed to resume operations under the new norms,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Traders heave a sigh of relief as Johor enters Second Phase of PPN

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 24 — Traders at a popular shopping mall in the city can now breathe a sigh of relief as the public began patronising their permises on the first day of Johor’s transition to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) today.

The owner of Hj Wahid Mee Rebus restaurant, Abdul Halim Wahid, said he was expecting more customers on weekends as those who have been fully vaccinated can now travel inter-district.

“Previously, people might be afraid or hesitant to go out, but after Johor entered the second phase, we hope that more customers will come,” the 65-year-old trader, who has been doing business for about 24 years told Bernama, here today.

For a 44-year-old shoe store owner, Lim Kang Wei, he hoped that the relaxation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) in Phase Two of PPN will to some extent help him to revive his business which has been affected by the pandemic over the past three months.

“However, at the same time, we also hope to receive foreign tourists, especially from Singapore, as Johor Bahru city is also a shopping destination for Singaporeans,” he added.

Meanwhile, checks by Bernama found that the public was seen shopping with their children and eating at the food court and food outlets as early as 10 am.

Nur Syairah Mohd Khalid, 28, said she took the opportunity to do some shopping with her family after months of being holed up at home.

“I also plan to bring my family for a holiday at a nearby destination…Alhamdulillah, Johor has entered phase two, many sectors have been allowed to resume operations under the new norms,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Traders heave a sigh of relief as Johor enters Second Phase of PPN

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 24 — Traders at a popular shopping mall in the city can now breathe a sigh of relief as the public began patronising their permises on the first day of Johor’s transition to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) today.

The owner of Hj Wahid Mee Rebus restaurant, Abdul Halim Wahid, said he was expecting more customers on weekends as those who have been fully vaccinated can now travel inter-district.

“Previously, people might be afraid or hesitant to go out, but after Johor entered the second phase, we hope that more customers will come,” the 65-year-old trader, who has been doing business for about 24 years told Bernama, here today.

For a 44-year-old shoe store owner, Lim Kang Wei, he hoped that the relaxation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) in Phase Two of PPN will to some extent help him to revive his business which has been affected by the pandemic over the past three months.

“However, at the same time, we also hope to receive foreign tourists, especially from Singapore, as Johor Bahru city is also a shopping destination for Singaporeans,” he added.

Meanwhile, checks by Bernama found that the public was seen shopping with their children and eating at the food court and food outlets as early as 10 am.

Nur Syairah Mohd Khalid, 28, said she took the opportunity to do some shopping with her family after months of being holed up at home.

“I also plan to bring my family for a holiday at a nearby destination…Alhamdulillah, Johor has entered phase two, many sectors have been allowed to resume operations under the new norms,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Traders heave a sigh of relief as Johor enters Second Phase of PPN

JOHOR BAHRU, Sept 24 — Traders at a popular shopping mall in the city can now breathe a sigh of relief as the public began patronising their permises on the first day of Johor’s transition to Phase Two of the National Recovery Plan (PPN) today.

The owner of Hj Wahid Mee Rebus restaurant, Abdul Halim Wahid, said he was expecting more customers on weekends as those who have been fully vaccinated can now travel inter-district.

“Previously, people might be afraid or hesitant to go out, but after Johor entered the second phase, we hope that more customers will come,” the 65-year-old trader, who has been doing business for about 24 years told Bernama, here today.

For a 44-year-old shoe store owner, Lim Kang Wei, he hoped that the relaxation of the standard operating procedure (SOP) in Phase Two of PPN will to some extent help him to revive his business which has been affected by the pandemic over the past three months.

“However, at the same time, we also hope to receive foreign tourists, especially from Singapore, as Johor Bahru city is also a shopping destination for Singaporeans,” he added.

Meanwhile, checks by Bernama found that the public was seen shopping with their children and eating at the food court and food outlets as early as 10 am.

Nur Syairah Mohd Khalid, 28, said she took the opportunity to do some shopping with her family after months of being holed up at home.

“I also plan to bring my family for a holiday at a nearby destination…Alhamdulillah, Johor has entered phase two, many sectors have been allowed to resume operations under the new norms,” she said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency