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Gyms back in operation, except for those in Phase One states – MKN

— All gymnasiums, with the exception of those in states that are still under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (PPN), are allowed to resume operations, but the facilities are only open to fully vaccinated individuals.

The information was included in an update of the standard operating procedures (SOP) issued by the National Security Council (MKN) which was uploaded on MKN official telegram.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu in sharing the news on Twitter reminded all parties to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) set.

“Gyms are now open for business. Please follow the SOPs, especially the ventilation guidelines. Enjoy healthy living!” he said in an MKN infographic sharing which was updated on Friday.

According to the SOP, all indoor sports and recreation facilities are allowed to operate during Phase Two and Three of the PPN at 50 per cent capacity and under close supervision.

Workers attendance should not be more than 60 per cent of the workforce, to include management and operational staff for Phase Two, and 80 per cent for Phase Three.

Only individuals who are fully vaccinated are allowed to use the facilities and they are permitted to bring along their children aged 17 years and below for such activities with strict SOP compliance.

However, the opening of all public outdoor and indoor sports and recreation facilities is subject to the approval of the local authorities (PBT) or the relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, under the Phase Four of the PPN, all commercial sports and recreational facilities are allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity in terms of customers and staff attendance.

Operating hours are subject to licence conditions, while the operation of public sports and recreation facilities in Phase Four is also subject to the approval of local authorities and the relevant authorities.

As for areas under Phase One of the PPN, all indoor sports and recreational facilities, except gyms and fitness centres, are allowed to operate at 50 per cent capacity under close supervision.

Workers attendance must not exceed 60 per cent of the total management and operational staff.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Experts warn Japan’s COVID-19 fight in critical phase

Experts warned at a Japanese government meeting Wednesday, as the highly contagious Delta variant continued to drive the rise in the country’s daily infections to a fresh record.

The number of new COVID-19 cases nationwide totaled 15,812 on Wednesday, topping the previous record of 15,753 reported on Saturday, according to a Kyodo News.

Experts at a meeting of the health ministry’s pandemic response panel said the situation in Tokyo, currently under a fourth state of emergency, could deteriorate despite progress in getting people vaccinated.

Takaji Wakita, the head of the National Institute of Infectious Disease who chairs the panel, said the Tokyo Paralympics scheduled from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 should be held without spectators like the Olympics which ended Sunday.

Tokyo’s daily COVID-19 cases totaled 4,200 the same day, the Tokyo metropolitan government said, topping the 4,000 line again following a brief dip since late last week.

Its seven-day rolling average of new infections was 3,983.6 per day, up 14.5 per cent from a week earlier. The cumulative total of confirmed coronavirus cases in Tokyo reached 258,981, the metropolitan government said.

The number of patients showing severe symptoms in Tokyo rose to a fresh record of 197 on Wednesday from 176 the previous day, according to the metropolitan government.

The manager of one of the public health centers in Tokyo told the health ministry panel that the number of elderly people testing positive for the coronavirus has been rising recently despite most of them having been vaccinated, suggesting the country’s vaccination program “is reaching its limit” in slowing the pandemic.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo joins Mallorca on second loan spell

Real Madrid confirmed on Wednesday that Japanese international forward Takefusa Kubo will be on loan to Mallorca for a second time.

It will be the third consecutive season Real Madrid has loaned out the youngster and it will be his second spell with Mallorca where he made 36 appearances and scored four goals in the 2019-2020 campaign, although he could not save the club from relegation to the second division.

“Real Madrid and RCD Mallorca have agreed to the loan of the player, Takefusa Kubo for this season until June 30, 2022,” confirmed the Real Madrid website, according to Xinhua.

Meanwhile, Mallorca posted on social media that “The second time…could be even better. Welcome back Take,” said the club, which returned to LaLiga at the end of last season.

The forward, who played for Japan in the recent Olympic Games, spent the first half of last season with Villarreal but joined Getafe in the January transfer window after finding first-team chances limited.

One of Kubo’s problems with Real Madrid is that he doesn’t have a European Union passport, making it hard to fit into a squad, which includes the Brazilians, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr and Eder Militao.

He is the second player to exit Real Madrid in 24 hours, following defender Victor Chust, who joined Cadiz for the forthcoming campaign on Tuesday.

Elsewhere reigning LaLiga champions, Atletico Madrid confirmed that central defender Stefan Savic has signed a new contract until the end of June 2024, while Real Sociedad have loaned defender Kevin Rodrigues and forward Martin Merkquelanz to recently promoted Rayo Vallecano.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Precision Nutrition unveils partnership with International Fitness Academy

Precision Nutrition (PN), the world’s largest online nutrition and healthy lifestyle coaching and certification company has announced a new partnership with the International Fitness Academy (IFA).

IFA is an Australian-owned and operated fitness education company with over 30 years of industry experience.

Through the partnership, IFA will be offering PN’s full suite of nutrition, change psychology, and health certificates, courses, and software to students and graduates of IFA’s training fitness education programme.

Together, the two companies will help set the standard for fitness professionals’ education and career progressions in Australia, Southeast Asia, and the United Arab Emirates, according to a statement.

The educational programmes and resources offered by PN and IFA provide fitness professionals with credible and flexible opportunities to expand their knowledge of the industry, while providing the support needed to be confident in their career.

“PN is proud to join forces with IFA to extend the reach of our world-class courses, certifications, and software in the Asia-Pacific region and help fulfill the growing need for effective and qualified coaches,” said VP, Partnerships & Business Development for Precision Nutrition, Jason Crowe.

“Our partnership with Precision Nutrition is about breaking boundaries in online learning and creating exciting opportunities for the next generation of fitness coaches,” said Chief Executive Officer of International Fitness Academy, Rhys Davis.

As a certified reseller for Precision Nutrition, IFA will offer the following products to their customers in Australia, Southeast Asia, and the United Arab Emirates, including PN Level 1 Nutrition Certification; PN Level 2 Nutrition Certification Master Class; PN Academy; and, ProCoach Nutrition and Fitness Coaching Software.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Tour boat operators get squid-catching equipment from LADA

Ten tour boat operators who are based at the Teluk Baru Jetty in Langkawi were today provided with squid-catching equipment by the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA) to help them venture into a new economic activity for income.

LADA chief executive officer Nasaruddin Abdul Muttalib said the agency had allocated RM30,000 for the programme with each tour boat operator getting RM3,000 worth of squid-catching equipment.

He said the programme was held in collaboration with Langsura Geopark Sdn. Bhd as an initiative to help workers in the tourism industry whose livelihood had been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

“It is hoped that this assistance will help the affected tour boat operators to continue to fend for their lives,” he said in a statement today.

He said the programme was introduced under the Langkawi Economic Blueprint (HELANG), where a special allocation of RM 3 million was approved by the LADA board of directors since the middle of last year.

To date, more than 500 people have benefited from HELANG, comprising those involved in the tourism industry such as taxi drivers, tour guides, cultural artistes and petty traders.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

Agong congratulates Damok over victory in Spain

Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today congratulated young Malaysian racer Syarifuddin Azman for emerging victorious at the FIM CEV Moto3 Race in Barcelona, Spain yesterday.

In a statement uploaded on Istana Negara’s Facebook page today, His Majesty expressed his happiness and pride over the success, which was also described as not only a historical feat for Malaysian motosport but one which garnered accolades for the country on the international stage.

Al-Sultan Abdullah described Syarifuddin’s achievement as very meaningful for Malaysia and an inspiration for the rider better known as Damok in his hunt for more success in the future.

“Syarifuddin’s outstanding achievement once again proves that Malaysia is capable of producing athletes and individuals of quality, calibre and of international standards.

“It also proves that with commitment, fighting spirit and hard work, Malaysians are able to compete and succeed at the international level,” the statement read.

Al-Sultan Abdullah hoped Syarifuddin’s success and fighting spirit will be a source of inspiration to fellow Malaysians, in particular athletes, to work hard and strive for success in their respective fields domestically or on the international stage.

“TheYang di-Pertuan Agong wished Syarifuddin all the best and prayed that he would be blessed with continued success and to keep on putting the country on the world stage with more victories,” the statement said.

The Selangor-born rider emerged victorious after crossing the chequered flag in 29 minutes and 32.553 seconds in the 74.5-kilometre race, beating Spaniards David Munoz Rodriguez and Jose Antonio Rueda Ruiz to second and third places respectively.

The 25 points from the win helped Syarifuddin climb up to sixth place in the world championship standings with 30 points after three races.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency

RTM Sports Channel platform to unite people – Saifuddin

— The newly launched RTM Sports Channel serves as a platform to unite the people, said Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said the launch of this channel is in line with Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement that sports can be an avenue for uniting the people, regardless of race and religion.

“This (sense of unity) is obvious when people even wear the national team’s jersey and wave the Malaysian flag at home in front of the television when supporting the Malaysian team.

“People come together without the need for any speeches. The spirit of unity and patriotism (through) sports channels is very important,” he told reporters after the launch of RTM’s 75th anniversary and RTM Orchestra’s 60th anniversary celebrations here today.

At the ceremony, Saifuddin also launched the 24-hour RTM Sports channel, which kicked off today.

Meanwhile, when asked on the issue of pirated local works which were accessible via the Telegram application and Android box, he said the ministry was looking into amending several acts.

The Acts include the Malaysia National Film Development Corporation Act 1981 (FINAS Act) or Act 244, and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

“We are not trying to restrict freedom but at the same time, we should be able to protect genuine products especially local works.

“However, we have to look at current developments to see what can be allowed and what should be controlled … we have no intention to curb or restrict the freedom to produce works,” he said.

Source: BERNAMA News Agency