Influencer Uses Googled Picture of a Bloodied Piano to Prove Her “Hardship”

A Malaysian influencer was recently called out for using a Googled image of a bloodied piano to give the impression of the extreme outcome of her practicing on her piano.

The post was written by an anonymous netizen and published on a forum-like Facebook page, Utar Confession yesterday on October 15th.

“Is it just us who think that (the influencer) is very detestable?” netizens began exposing the said influencer.

“At first, I have to admit that my boyfriend and I really liked (the influencer). She knows how to play the piano; she is beautiful, tall, and fit.”

“But I don’t know when I start feeling that this person’s character is very strange.”

Some defended her by how she had posted a fake piano certificate to prove how hard she had worked to be a professional pianist, but it was later revealed that the certificate was fake as the name is just simply replaced.

The controversy continued when the girl shared a picture of a bloodstained piano on her Instagram story.

The caption reads, “In the past, a day before exams or competitions, every minute in an hour was meticulously used.”

“If I had 24 hours left, I practised 20 hours until my wrists, back, and hands were sore, and my nails broke and bled.”

Netizens who were shocked at first realized that it was a gimmick as a quick “blood on piano” search on Google shows the exact same picture, explaining where the image’s source came from.

Many were quick to leave their own thoughts and comments on the now deleted post as it attracted thousands of netizens. Some criticized the girl for her boastfulneess while other were mentioning psychological hardships that she might be facing.

Here’s a screenshot of the now deleted post:

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.

iPhone 12 and 12 Pro: A New Line of 5G iPhones

Good news travels fast, especially when its news of a newly updated and designed iPhone.

In its “Hi, Speed.” Keynote livestream, Apple announced the long-awaited iPhone 12 lineup. The iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max all come with 5G, including the ultra-fast milileter wave version that allows breaking neck download speeds that are miles apart from LTE or 4G (10 to 100 times faster).

Much of the biggest advancement that Apple has made in years such as the A14 Bionic chip, is packed into all four devices that somewhat resembles the iPad Pro tablets. Forgoing curved sides for flatter sides like the previous iPhone 5s, it’s a “new” look for the iPhone who has stay the same for almost three years.

All models also come with a new, cornering-designed front cover display, dubbed “ceramic shield.”  It’s “tougher than any smartphone glass,” Apple said, and is four times less likely to crack if you drop it. 

Similar to the charging of an Apple Watch, the iPhone’s wireless charger snaps to the back of the phone and it’s called MagSafe. Magnets in the phone and the charger align themselves for a perfect snap everytime.

The only available option for a charger right now is the $39 (RM161) MagSafe charger Apple is selling on its online store. Belkin and Griffin will have MagSafe chargers, too, but it seems likely that any other third-party accessory maker will need to work with Apple — presumably through its MFi licensing program.

In general, the iPhone 12 and 12 Mini that have dual rear cameras are the two most affordable and go-to phones for many.

The two Pro models are the highest-end and priciest iPhones as both have a third telephoto camera and a LiDar scanner for modeling and object detection.

For the first time and in a bid to help the environment, the charger and headphones are not included in the box; apart from that, it also helps with shipping as it saves space as well.

iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Mini has a starting price of RM3,899 and RM3,399 while the iPhone 12 Pro starts at RM4,899 and the iPhone 12 Pro Max starts at RM5299

Singapore Will Pay Citizens to Have Babies During The Pandemic

This photo taken through a glass window at a maternity ward shows a nurse holding a newborn baby wearing a face shield, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Praram 9 Hospital in Bangkok on April 9, 2020. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)

For those with plans to be parents during the pandemic, Singapore is offering a one-time payment to encourage couples to not put those plans into a halt.

Singapore has spent decades to encourage more of its people to have children by offering incentives such as cash grants, preschool subsidies and even going as far as matchmaking tea dances as incentives. According to the deputy prime minister, Heng Swee Keat, officials had earlier heard that parents were delaying their plans due to Covid-19 and it doesn’t come as a surprise to them.

“This is fully understandable, especially when they face uncertainty with their income. Hence, to help with expenses during this period, we will introduce a one-off additional support for new-borns,” he said.

The value of the payment is yet to be announced but it will be added on on top of current benefits that are already worth up to $10,000 Singapore dollars.

Although data shows that fertility is still emerging, many wealthy countries are seeing a fall in birth rates while low and middle-income nations are seeing an increase.

A survey shows that young people across Europe are postponing or abandoning their plans to start a family, especially in countries whose birth rate is already low, such as Spain or Italy.

“People who have the fortune and the economic security and ability to access contraceptives to make that decision [to not have a baby] will do so,” said Dr Clare Wenham, assistant professor in global health policy at London School of Economics, who added that fears about safety and financial security were likely to deter people from having a child.

“The problem is not everyone in the world can choose when they want to get pregnant – either because of gender norms, violence or because of a lack of access to reproductive health service,” she added.

Singapore expects Covid-19 to drop its birth rates, which is already one of the lowest in the world – 1.1 births per woman in 2018.

Other countries in south-east Asia are preparing for a post-pandemic baby boom, such as in the Phillipines who could see the highest numbers of births in two decade due to the country’s strict and enforced lockdown earlier this year.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has predicted as many as 7 million unintended pregnancies worldwide as a result of the crisis, while Maries Stopes International has warned of millions of unsafe abortions globally and a rise in maternal deaths.

Currently, Brazil has the highest rate of post-birth deaths where there is coinfection with Covid-19.

Wenham also says that it might be a range of other things but we just don’t know it yet.

Pizza Chains Made a Comeback During Covid-19

The F&B industry was shaken to its knees when the Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc around different sectors in the industry; however, one of the sectors is thriving apart from others in these trying times – Pizza chains.

With majority of consumers being homebound and with social distancing guidelines in place, most business were unprepared for the downfall while brands such as Dominoes were thriving in these unusual conditions.

Among many of the pandemic’s unsung heroes, the one’s making sure that we get our regular dose of pizzas are the pizza delivery guys as the rise in pizza consumption are not due to people flocking to pizza chains everywhere, but rather just calling in their orders and enjoying the pizzas from the comfort of their own home. Deemed the ultimate quarantine food, pizza travels well, can usually feed a whole family and holds up perfectly as leftover for the next day.

Domino’s Pizza profit surged 29 percent in the three months through June as consumers chowed down on pizza while riding out the COVID-19 pandemic from home.

As sales for pizza chains increase, it has also led to higher costs for various other essentials such as cleaning supplies, worker pay and also ingredients. Cheese prices went from an all-time low at one point to an all-time high in the last quarter, this means the increased sales have muted profits.

“The total impact from safety and cleaning equipment, enhanced sick pay and other compensation for our team members and support for our franchisees and our communities was $11 million,” CFO Stuart Levy said during an analyst call discussing results. The company expects those costs to remain for the duration of the pandemic.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan-based pizza chain earned $118.7 million, or $2.99 a share, as revenue jumped 13 percent year-over-year to $920 million. Wall Street analysts surveyed by Refinitiv were expecting earnings of $2.24 a share on revenue of $911.5 million.

This success is due to the vital moves that Domino have made over the years, which includes more pizza chains than ever, features like “hotspots” in the U.S. which allows people order pizza to the beach and other outdoor locations, and has also tried their hands at self-driving delivery cars.

The shift from in-person order to digital orders led to the rise as well, as executives said about 70% of sales came through the company’s app and website.

Even though there are downs in terms of international sales, one thing they won’t do is to cut pay for employees.

“This is not the time to lower the rate we pay our valuable team members,” CFO Jeff Lawrence said. 

“Look, I’m a finance guy. I think about efficiency. Right now, it’s not about that. It’s about hiring more people, paying them more and giving them jobs. We’ll leave it for another day on getting efficient on the labor rate.”

Anxiety Levels to Rise amid Imposing of CMCO

As Malaysia’s Covid-19 numbers continue to rise towards worrying levels, members of the public have been thrusted into a gust of fear and anxiety over the return of movement restriction orders yet again.

Ismail Sabri announced on Monday that Selangor, Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur and Sabah will be placed under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) and it will begin at 12:01am on October 14th until October 27th.

Citing the current situation, occupational health expert Dr Shawaludin Husin said it will not be unusual to have the anxiety graph show upward trajectories in these times.

At the start of the pandemic, people were more worried about their health and risk of being exposed to the virus. Their main source of stress also came from needing to adapt to the work-from-home environment and learning of digital applications to stay in touch with the office.

“But the MCO’s greatest impact is its effect on the economy when many workers were terminated or asked to go on leave without pay. Many employers on their part were forced to suspend their operations temporarily while others had to fold up their businesses due to financial constraints,” he said.

Losing a job and source of income all of a sudden can have an immediate impact on one’s mental health, especially if there’s a family depending on them to provide.

If left unchecked, stress levels can lead to extreme psychological hazards and it gives employers that much of a reason to refrain from termination without a proper warning.

“The employees too have to be considerate and think of the burden borne by their employers. They (workers) should remember the contributions of their employers and try their best to help their company to recover,” Nasrullah Zainal Abidin, a psychology officer at Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Negeri Sembilan branch campus in Rembau said.

It is also time that we recognize mental health professionals for their work as they play a vital role during times like this. 

“The health and safety of workers should not just cover their physical aspect but their psychological aspect as well as it contributes to their overall well-being.

“If all two aspects are not cared for, it will affect the productivity of an organisation,” said Nasrullah, adding that issues such as burnout and uncontrolled stress can lead to high levels of absenteeism.

Although organizations around have taken the step towards setting up mental health facilities for their employees, it is essential that employee to employer communication be maintained at a heathy standard to avoid contributing to mental health issues among workers.

How to Not Panic Buy for CMCO

With the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) being in effect from October 14th onwards, the public is already going through this “panic-buy” phase all over again.

For the second time in a year, shelves started going empty on the night of the announcement itself and it is unfortunate to say that we haven’t really learnt from the past when members of the public were over-stocking up on various supplies so much that it created a social media frenzy of “who could do it worst”.

Other than leaving the vulnerable population without the essentials, some of the goods that are hoarded are even often going to waste. So how do you shop for a lockdown?

How often should I go to the grocery store?

The less the better, but it all still comes down to how much food can you transport and store. Consider going an average once every two weeks. The more planned out you are, the less you’ll tend to go for another unneeded grocery run.

If I’m buying to prepare for two weeks, will I cause a shortage for others?

No. Even panic buying at its worst simply created short-term shortages in stores. That doesn’t mean that you should stock up that much more though as the public should’ve known by now that what they put it their shopping cart is usually already more than enough.

So what should I buy that would last me for two weeks?

A good start would be canned goods like canned tomatoes, beans and coconut milk as they’re useful for a variety of dishes while dry foods like pasta, rice, spices and even baking supplies are versatile to keep as well as they’ll be used up at some point. 

Fresh foods that are easy to freeze, sealed blocks of cheese, pre-frozen bags of vegetables can be kept in the freezer while root vegetables, potatoes and onions all can be keot for a long time in the pantry, provided they are stored in a cool, dark place.

If you were to buy meat, buy frozen fish and meat that you can store in the freezer.

All in all, rationalize. Think before you buy and make sure you aren’t overprepared and are coming out of quarantine with and overstocked amount of food supply at home.

What if I come across empty shelves during my grocery shopping trip? 

Empty shelves don’t mean a shortage of food and supplies; it simply means that stores and supply chains need to catch up with the increase in demand. 

It is just taking a while to get the product flowing through supply chain back to the stores, but it is safe to say that the products are surely is on its way back to the public’s demands.

Will there be enough for me if I miss out on the days where everyone is out buying?

Yes. Stores encourage customers to only buy what they need as there’s always plenty to go around for everyone. However, there won’t be a need to wait for a restock if we just buy what we need and not overstock supplies.

Hoarding isn’t really necessary as grocery stores are still going to be open for business and we aren’t limited to visit for emergency grocery shopping. Even if the products aren’t there when you need them, be flexible and move on with other options to replace what is short in supply.

9 Malaysian Cities Could be Underwater by 2050 Due to Rising Sea Levels

As the we continue to adapt to our planet’s changes such as the rising climates and decreasing ozone layer, one change that could have a major significant impact on our lands are the rising sea levels.

Yes, sea levels are rising at a rate higher than that of the current century and causing dangerous flooding everywhere. Other than that, more people are being forced to migrate to higher ground as the writing of this article.

At this rate, major cities around the world could quite literally go under by 2050; it is going as far as countries such as Indonesia relocating its capital to East Kalimantan because of Jakarta going underwater by 2050. Coming nearer to home, Singapore is also bracing itself by implementing infrastructural policies that would build polders along its beaches.

At home, Malaysia is also in the talks as well as The Centre for Governance and Political Studies (Cent-GPS) says that nine Malaysian cities could be submerged in the next 30 years.

9 Malaysian cities underwater by 2050

The research firm ran a simulation that showed the following that Alor Setar will be an island by 2030 with areas around Parti Buntar and Taiping being submerged.

The North-South Highway which links travel between Negeri Sembilan and Kuala Lumpur will also be underwater too. 

Country-side small cities such as Bagan Datoh, Teluk Intan, and Kuala Selangor would disappear while Port Klang will be underwater together with Muar and Pekan.

Shah Alam and Kuala Terengganu will be smaller while the Kuala Lumpur International Airport will be located next to a beach.

Across the waters, in Sarawak, Kuching will reduce in size as well to become an island.

Other parts of Asia

70& of Asia is vulnerable to the rise in sea levels, including 43 million people from China, 19 million from Bangladesh, 26 million from Vietnam and 17 million from Thailand would be affect by this.

Major state capitals such as Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam would be submerged underwater while Bangkok, Mumbai and Shanghai would disappear too.

“It would be worse if we are to factor in the melting of the polar caps,” Cent-GPS said, warning that many would be forced to dislocate. Many housing projects would go to waste, agricultural lands spoilt, and a food crisis takes place,” the research firm warns

5 Tips To Survive a Movement Control Order

According to the Minister of Defense, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the government is to implement a Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya from October 14th to October 27th.

A movement control order isn’t particularly new to Malaysians as we’ve went through different variants of it such as the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO).

Now that we’ve been through half a year’s worth of these “orders”, how exactly do you deal with it?

1) Maintain a daily routine

If you’re staying indoors, it doesn’t mean that you should forgo any of your routines, especially from your kids. The public is advised to maintain a regular daily routine and a healthy diet; exercise regularly, get a sufficient amount of sleep and avoid alcohol and caffeine intake.

2) Limit media time and usage

Take the time to watch movies, read a book or listen to music and the news. Be sure to set a limit for media usage so that you don’t get too overwhelmed with the content. Social media can be useful at these times but it’s important to consider what we are consuming.

3) Communication is vital

Stay in touch with friends or family if you’re living alone. Even if you aren’t living alone, the CMCO gives you that much more of a reason to contact them. At times of doubt and loneliness, communication is vital and should be a peach with modern digital technologies.

4) Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation

Create a schedule for learning and relaxing activities to help the kids and yourself cope with extra time spent at home. Social isolation doesn’t mean isolation for all, as there is an abundance of activities can be done together at home while maintain social distancing. On top of that, teleconferencing allows easy communication that is vital during all the time spent along. Make sure to utilize all that around us in order to not be isolated mentally at a time like this.

5) Take care mentally

It is normal to experience stress during this time as there’s an increase in fear and anxiety that can be increasingly overwhelming as well. Be sure to keep your mental health on point and respond accordingly to your emotions, be sure to talk when you need to and the take the much-needed initiatives to take care of yourself and of the people around you.

Taking a Nap in Your Car Could Kill You!

Earlier this month, it was reported that a group of friends passed away while on vacation as they had decided to take a break by sleeping in their parked car at a petrol station.

We hate to be the ones breaking it to you, but no, taking a nap in your idling car isn’t an option even if you’re feeling tired from hours of driving. If you have the habit of doing so, it is time you kick the old habit or you might find yourself not waking up from your “nap” at all.

As much as it seems like the perfect environment to have a shut-eye in, people die from sleeping in their cars with the engine; here’s why and how it happens.

1) How does it kill?

The main cause of deaths due to falling asleep in cars is carbon monoxide poisoning. 

With it being colorless and odorless, the chemical is usually released when burning fuels such as coal, wood, charcoal, natural gas and fuel oil.

It is extremely harmful to humans when accumulated in enclosed areas, such as an idling vehicle that has all its windows closed.

It kills all those who inhales it by binding to body’s red blood cells and displacing oxygen; the victims are usually suffocated and dies due to an insufficient amount of oxygen supply.

2) How to identify symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning

According to the Ministry of Health, early warnings and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning includes:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Confusion
  • Seizures
  • Coma

3) Does that mean we might die if we sit for too long in an idling car during a traffic jam?

The possibility is there, but it will take time. Carbon monoxide takes time to build up inside a driver’s cabin to affect the human system and getting stuck in traffic involves a moving car, almost once every few minutes.

Try to avoid sitting in a standstill though as it will expose you to high levels of carbon monoxide, especially for 

  • Elderly
  • Children
  • Poepl with breathing and heart problems
  • People with anaemia 
  • People susceptible to seizures

4) How to stop carbon monoxide from happening?

Your best defense against carbon monoxide poisoning is to prevent it from ever arising in the first place.

  • Regularly inspect your car exhaust system from leaks as it can allow carbon monoxide to enter your vehicle
  • Don’t leave minor fixes go unfixed as any damages or holes in your vehicle may allow that much more fumes to enter
  • No, even leaving your windows down does not help, never leave your engine running in an enclosed area
  • Invest in a carbon monoxide detector as a safety precaution

In conclusion, do not sleep in your car with the engine running, ever.