How Hilton, Marriott, and Disneyland Recycle Their Used Soaps

Shawn Seipler used to stay in at least 150 hotel rooms each year; one day, he thought about what happens to all of the half-used soaps he left behind. Upon calling the front desk to seek an answer, he was told that it just gets “tossed”. In 2009, he started Clean the World out of a one-car garage in Florida.

Shawn Seipler

All he had was a few friends, some potato peelers, meat grinders, and cookers to develop a way to recycle used bars of soaps into brand new sterile ones.

Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 50 million bars of soap to people in 127 countries and has attracted the likes of Hilton among others; here’s how it works.

At the hotel itself, it starts with the staff members who are trained on the collection and recycling process. Used bars and bottles are collected by housekeeping and deposited in special bins. These bins are then brought to one of the many Clean the World’s facilities to be sorted for the recycling process.

Bar soaps are first surface cleaned and sterilized to eliminate pathogens, they are then ground up and remodeled into new bars on a manufacturing line. 

These new bars are then boxed and loaded onto pallets where they will be sent out to the homeless at shelters and organizations worldwide.

Hilton has since pledged to diverte all of its soap from the trash by 2030; Clean the World on the other hand has kept 20 million pounds of hotel waste from ending up in landfills since it was founded.

Other hotel chains have also picked up on the practice by cutting down waste through elimination of single-use toiletries from their rooms, opting for bulk offerings instead, which Hilton is yet to do so.

MCMC Urges Report Against Namewee’s “Babi” for Tarnishing The Nation

Unless if you were a “katak di bawah tempurung”, you’d probably heard of Namewee’s latest film “Babi” and how it has created widespread controversy locally.

“Babi”, which has also earned four nominations at various international film festivals such as the Open World Toronto Film Festival for Best Director and Best Actor and at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2020 for Best Original Film Song, tells of an alleged government cover up of a real-life event that took place 20 years ago in a school.

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has since urged a local association to file an official complaint against “Babi” so the agency can begin an assessment of the film’s content.

The request was made following a police report made by the Malaysian Artistes’ Association (Seniman) against the film on December 11th at Taman Melawati police station for having elements of racism and tarnishing Malaysia’s image.

Seniman secretary-general Mohd Hafiz Mohd Nafiah feels that the film contains elements of racism after he had watched video clips of the said movie.

“We don’t prohibit any party from making critical films, but we must understand that Malaysia is a multi-racial country,” Mohd Hafiz was quoted as saying in a Bernama report.

“I represent Seniman in making the police report against Namewee for several factors. First, the forgery of documents by the company that produced the film Babi,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian, adding, “When Namewee applied to the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia (FINAS), he used a different name for the film, however, later converted it to Babi.”

“If he wants to change the title, he has to apply again but he has not,” Mohd Hafiz said.

He has also requested that MCMC block “Babi” on social media platforms and YouTube.

According to MCMC, enforcement action can be taken upon relevant agencies if results of the investigation prove to find violations of existing laws.

As of now, MCMC has reached out to YouTube after the release of the trailer of the film but is yet to receive feedback from them.

In the meantime, Malaysian filmmaker and singer Namewee has stood by his film that has been a hit in Taiwan, citing that the film is wholesome and accused certain parties for playing the race card for their own political agendas.

“This film actually promotes unity among the multi-racial community in the country. In fact, during filming, the cast and crew, made up of various ethnic backgrounds, worked together harmoniously,” he said.

50-Year-Old Woman Sprayed with Pepper Spray during Robbery in Kedah

In a CCTV footage of a recent robbery in Kedah, two robbers were caught attacking a 50-year-old woman while robbing an insurance office.

As reported by Harian Metro, the robbery took place on Wednesday, December 2nd in Taman Intan, Sungai Petani; the two suspects arrived at 2pm while one entered the premises and the other waited on their motorcycle outside.

The suspect who entered the office pretended to be a customer who wanted to sort out insurance matters before proceeding to use pepper spray to assault the office employee who was working alone and attending to the matter.

According to Kuala Muda District Police chief ACP Adzli Abu Shah, the suspect was also armed with a knife.

“Closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage shows the suspect walking into the store wearing a face mask as well as a blue helmet with a visor. The suspect sprayed the victim’s face with pepper spray and pointed a knife at her while asking for money,” he said.

“Out of fear, the victim handed over RM200 to the suspect. The suspect outside then kicked the glass door at the premise, allowing his partner to escape.”

No arrests have been made yet in connection to the case while the case is being investigated under Section 395 of the Penal Code for gang robbery.

Christmas? CMCO? No Problem

As Malaysia lifts the conditional movement control order (CMCO) in most states, there isn’t going to be much change for those in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor as it is to be extended until December 20th in said districts.

Just five days shy of Christmas and with a global health crisis going on, celebrating the holidays at home may be an option for this year, because let’s face it, nobody wants a deadly virus infection for Christmas, do they? 

So, how do you celebrate Christmas without having to go outdoors for the various Christmas displays and of course, large crowds.

Make breakfast ahead of time

Opening presents may be fun but can be time and also energy consuming, depending on how many presents you’re opening on Christmas day of course. Instead of spending majority of Christmas morning to plan and prepare for a hearty breakfast, utilize the extra time at home during the holidays to prepare it in advance. Try your hand at one you could prep the night before so all you have to do in the morning is to just simply pop it in the oven.

Go old school with decorations

Remember your grandparents’ favorite décor trends back in the day? What better year than to fling them out for the holidays especially when we all could use a little classic taste in our already bored up homes this year. Ceramic Christmas trees, yes, they are a thing, along with retor ornaments, wooden beads and the Christmas Village display you would see as a kid. 

Christmas movie marathon

So, you’ve been stuck at home for the holidays and time is passing by slower than usual, why not consider a Christmas movie marathon while at it? Sure, the movies on T.V. may be great, but nothing beats that good old chuckle you get from watching classics such as the Home Alone trilogy, Harry Potter, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and many, many others especially with the various streaming services offered these days to utilize from.

Go virtual

Zoom and Google Meet have possibly become more famous than anything this year, so make use of it to meet but not actually have to meet. Create invite links way in advance so that you give your friends and loved ones time to space out their calendars for some quality time together.

Send gifts to those near or far

CMCO doesn’t mean that you should forgo the gifts. As one of the most fun parts of the season, make someone’s day by sending them something to keep under the tree and to look forward to opening. You culd also plan a video call to see their reaction when opening your gift.

Christmas cocktails or mocktails

If you feel like it, you can have your very own personal holiday themed party at home. Embrace your inner bartender and create all the festive drinks your festive heart would desire. If you have kids, a variety of mocktail recipes are out there for you or your kids to try their hand at as well! And of course, we don’t have to tell you to drink responsibly during the holidays, do we?

10 Pop Culture Movie Quotes That Are Relatable for 2020

A pandemic ridden reality, social distancing becoming a lifestyle and uncertainty in almost all we do, let’s face it, 2020 so far hasn’t been ideally the year that we hoped it would be.

As we soon bid an end to a heck of a year, it seemed only fitting to look back throughout the months for any significant moments that have defined 2020, but even that seems impossible when most of it is spent from sleeping to working all in the comfort of one’s own bedroom.

Fortunately, pop culture has a thing or two to say about that. Well, ten things actually; here’s what these movies from pop culture had to say about 2020 so far.

1) “If I wasn’t terrified of heights, I’d like this. But I’m terrified of heights, so I don’t like this.” — Wasabi, Big Hero 6

Wasabi from Big Hero 6 is all of us when it comes to the coronavirus and our not so fond feelings of it.

2) “All I’ve got at home is one pony and two dogs and four cats and six bunny rabbits and two parakeets and three canaries and a green parrot and a turtle, and a silly old hamster! I WANT a SQUIRREL!” — Veruca Salt, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

11.11, 12.12, Christmas and of course New Year’s Eve sales are just among the many reasons you’ve had all that parcels from online shopping trips shucked in the corner of your home.

3) “You know, I’ve always wanted a child. And now I think I’ll have one on toast!” — Winifred Sanderson, Hocus Pocus

You’ve spent more than enough time with the kids and all you long for is a much needed break or just a literal 15 minutes of peace and quiet.

4) “Earth is amazing! There are these things called farms. They put seeds in the ground, pour water on them, and they grow into food, like pizzas!” — The Captain, Wall-E

Earth in fact is amazing, even more so when there isn’t a deadly virus travelling around claiming lives as it goes.

5) “Ain’t nobody coming to see you, Otis!” — David Ruffin, The Temptations

Of course they aren’t, nobody is coming to see nobody these days.

6) “Guys, I’m eating junk and watching rubbish!” — Kevin McCallister, Home Alone

And of course, a routine activity for every other weekend

7) “YOU’RE nervous? An 11 year-old is cutting my hair!” — Annie James, The Parent Trap

You’ve started putting your trust in your kid or little sibling to cut your hair as barber shop visits have mysteriously become a thing of the past, and we’re all somehow fine with it.

8) “I am Groot.” — Groot, Guardians of The Galaxy

If anybody has something to say about 2020, Groot certainly has something to say about it and we are all willing to hear about it.

9) “Didn’t I tell you not to come to my house? Nobody touches my child!” — Sharon Charles, Obsessed

Geez, we get it. No need to get all paranoid is there?

10) “Are you insane? Of course I want to leave the Dursleys!” — Harry Potter, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

As bad as it seems, at least we aren’t Harry Potter living in a basement during this whole situation, am I right? Imagine spending a whole year with Dudley Dursley to deal with and no way to escape back to Hogwarts.

If Your Password is Listed Here, You Should Consider Changing It

In an age where security and privacy are always a major concern especially online, passwords serve as the only few blockades that stop hackers from infiltrating your social accounts or even your device.

Should we be worried about criminals breaking into our digital life? Maybe we should, as the worst passwords from 2019 seems to make it easier for so much information to be left vulnerable.

As cybercriminals and hackers up their game, maybe it’s time that we up ours too. 

These are just the many passwords that make the list and others include “qwerty”, “Iloveyou” and “admin”. All of these don’t make great passwords as they are easily hackable and offer little to no protection for your data.

The potential for serious security breach would increase if you too use the same weak password for more than one account as if one is compromised, so are all the others. Brett Johnson, a former identity thief who is now a digital security consultant, says about 80 percent of people with online passwords use the same one for multiple websites.

“Criminals know that and take advantage of it,” Johnson told NBC News BETTER. “All they need to do is get the password for one website and they have access to every single one you use … your bank account, credit card, maybe tax return, everything across the board.”

Once compromised and identity stolen, it may take up to weeks or even months to repair the damage that is done and recover what is rightfully yours.

So how you do you ensure a strong password?

1) Strong passwords

The rules for a strong password varies as experts are divided between suggestions of 12 to 20 characters or a series of random words. However, they all agree that common phrases, songs or even your favourite sports team or dog’s name won’t make it secure too.

Utilize password manager apps such as Dashlane, LastPass or KeePass and let it create them for you. You can even use NordPass to check if you’ve chosen to use a good password. For example, “987654321” has been exposed 594,495 times and My1Login estimated that it could be cracked in 0.01 seconds. Take that into thought.

2) The more important the account, the more unique the password

Many of us have more online accounts than to what we can managed. While the practice is to use secure and unique passwords for all of them, most simply won’t do that.

Financial accounts, social media and work email, they are our most sensitive accounts and are the most critical to protect. Let your imagination go wild and allow them to spark ideas into your next password.

3) Password manager

With the way our mind is structured, we surely can’t remember all those long strings of random letters, numbers or characters can’t we?

If you’re not all that into the tech world, writing them down on a piece of paper seems like the only option. However, if you are a tech enthusiast, a password manager remembers all of them for you; although, you do have to remember that one password that lies before all the passwords.

Apple and Google have password managers built into their operating systems, maybe it’s time we check them out.

4) Two, three, four-factor authentication

Certain websites offer two-factor authentication (2FA) or multi-factor authentication (MFA), these offers that much-needed extra level of security. Once enabled, it takes more than a password to access that account such as needing fingerprint or facial recognition before hand.

Although not fool proof, Microsoft statistics show that MFA correlates with 99 percent reduction in the rate of compromise; As Alexander Weiner, director of identity security at Microsoft puts it, “The weakest password plus MFA is stronger than the strongest password”.

You are going to be attack regardless

Former identity thief Johnson warns that it’s not a matter of “if” but a matter of “when” instead, especially if you’re using a password that is anything but strong. There will always be a next victim and there is no reason to why it won’t be you next.

Madonna Trends Online After People Mistake Her for Maradona and Thought She Died

Argentine footballing icon, Diego Maradona, has died at aged 60, but certain social media users went through a case of mistaken identity as they were seen mourning for pop star, Madonna instead.

Madonna started trending on Twitter last night and this caused confusion among some netizens who were questioning the story at first. Although, some were quick to post their tributes for the Like A Prayer singer, who is very much alive.

Maradona, the former World Cup winner with Argentina died of a heart attack, having undergone brain surgery earlier this month. Twitter was quickly lit up with tributes and RIP messages for the singer instead, Twitter users then corrected their own mistakes by pointing out the facts of Maradona from Madonna. 

To put this frenzy to an end, Madonna is alive, well and of course, singing; Diego Maradona on the other hand, has sadly passed away and is fortunately remembered many in the footballing community, there’s a difference.

5 Things Dog Owners Can Relate To

Close up of a Border Collie being held and looking direct into the camera. A loving expression on the dogs face.

They’re goofy, they’re playful, they’re wholesome, dogs can be ridiculously adorable or downright disgusting at times but one thing for sure is that they never fail to bring joy to any with a simple nose “boop”.

Although usually placed higher than cats in the pet ranking list by many, having a dog is like having a kid around the house, you’d never know what they’ll do next; whether it be knocking over the vase, running head on into a sliding window or actually eating your homework, these “doggos” offer an experience of having a kid without actually needing to have a kid.

Here are 5 things every dog owner can relate to.

1) Dog hair is part of the house now

After years of watching that little pup growing into a full-sized adult, you’ve learned to accept the fact that dog hair is everywhere now. From the floors of your bedroom to every item of clothing in your closet, it is now part of your home.

2) No bathroom privacy

Dogs love you so much that they can’t spend a minute away from you, even if you’re taking that time off for a little loo time. Seeing their owners walk in a room and not appear again for the next 15 minutes is just too much to bear; that doesn’t mean they don’t have their own solution for it though as they’ll just have to scoot on in, make a bed out of toilet paper and look deep into your eyes while you handle your business.

3) Dog food is more gourmet food than yours

You’re fine with eating instant ramen or quite literally anything that is on sale at the grocery store because you’re used to the “college student” lifestyle. When it comes to your dog though, it’s as complicated as a Starbucks special menu order; only organic, non-GMO, gluten and dairy free whole foods that are produced by a farmer/artist named Abdul from the depths of rural Kelantan for that good boy.

4) Picking up poop doesn’t feel like picking up poop anymore

You don’t pick up your own poop or even someone else’s poop, but for your dog, you won’t hesitate for even a second to pick that bad boy from off the floor. Why do we do that? Maybe we’re just proud of the fact that they know how to do their business outside of the house now or we’re just giving our pals a hand, quite literally.

5) Your phone is full of their pictures

We get it, they’re cute. That isn’t enough though as you’ve got to let the whole world know about your pupper and its cuteness. Other than that, your Instagram and Snapchat stories are usually filled with their faces either close up near the “snooter” or from a full-on photoshoot of it hopping around the grass.

6 Ways to Spot Fake News

Fake news isnt something new, but it’s been increasing much more lately expecially due to the Covid-19 pandemic forcing the public to want to know more and read more.

Fake news comes from anyone who wishes to share their thoughts or stories to the world and there is no regulation pretty much on whatever that is being circled around people’s own social media platforms.

Misinformation and fake news doesn’t only spread unnecessary fear and confusion but also harm those who are part of the message that is travelling around. Invented reviews of your products or inaccurate financial updates, for example, can do serious reputational damage.

Here six ways to differentiate fake news from news:

1) Be critical

Much of fake news is written with a shock value that is purposed to surprise readers on sight. Think critically and ask yourself “Why has this story been written? Is it to persuade me of a certain viewpoint? Is it selling me a particular product? Or is it trying to get me to click through to another website? Am I being triggered?”.

2) Check the source of the story

Every story has a source and if you have doubts, do some digging! Research about the author or publisher and decide if it’s trustworthy. Be aware that much of the credibility can be a false; so, if you see a suspicious post that looks like it’s from the World Health Organization (WHO), for example, check the WHO’s own site to verify that it’s really there.

3) Who else is reporting on the story

If the story is in fact true, some other news agency is bound to pick up on it. Follow professional news agencies and check if the story is up there in order to filter out what is and what is not.

4) Examine the statements

If it’s credible, there should be a lot of facts included in the story such as quotes from experts, data, surveys and statistics. Does the evidence prove that something definitely happened? Or, have the facts been selected or “twisted” to back up a particular viewpoint?

5) Don’t take images at face value

Images can be altered in many ways to show another story these days; even if it’s 100% correct, it can be altered to represent something else. You can use tools such as Google Reverse Image Search to check where an image originated and whether it has been altered.

6) Check if it sounds right

Use common sense and read the story to yourself. Does it sound true? If it doesn’t sound true to you, the story probably isn’t as you choose what you believe.

Tired of Covid-19? Here are 3 Ways the Pandemic Could Be Considered Over

The world has adjusted to the ever-worsening scene of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Malaysia has also gone through multiple movement control orders to date. In the midst of all this mayhem, you couldn’t help but wonder, when will this pandemic end?

A pandemic is an epidemic, but worldwide; Covid-19 was declared as a pandemic in March 2020 and things have been stagnant ever since.

By popular definition, the pandemic ends when the virus is no longer present throughout the world or in multiple countries and regions. Here’s a few ways to how that can happen.

1) Vaccine is developed

The most desirable option would be to have a vaccine developed and produced globally; a medical end, think of it as Polio or Hepatitis A and B which all came to an end because of a vaccine.

To date, the companies leading the race for a vaccine are Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech, who have announced a vaccine candidate that demonstrated efficiency against the coronavirus. It is projected that global production of a successful vaccine candidate could start as early as the end of 2020.

2) Numbers reduce

Considered a medical end as well, it’ll be how the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 ended where the infectants either died or simply developed immunity.

As of November 11th, Malaysia has 42,000 cases in total; there are 51 million cases worldwide and over 1.27 million deaths. Numbers in Malaysia have been worrying high as well as the nation is pondering around the dreaded four-figured daily new cases every few days and the numbers are relatively above the 800 to 900 peak at average.

3) People simply get tired of it

Yes, it’s a way to bring a pandemic to an “end”. Considered more of a social ending, it is not an actual ending where the disease is wiped out from the face of the earth.

In this case, people simply get tired of living in fear and learn to live in a world with the disease; although, the disease may continue to spread nonetheless, which would delay an eventual medical end.