GP school 3 - The children receiving the bags from Eliza Kow.

School bags for needy children

GEORGE TOWN — A total of 120 underprivileged children in the city benefited from the “My Schoolbag” programme hosted by CapitaLand Mall Asia and CapitaLand Malaysia Mall REIT Management Sdn Bhd recently.

The children from five charity homes and primary schools were provided with school bags, shoes, socks and other stationery items worth RM292 each to usher the new school year at Gurney Plaza.

The project was also carried out in Sungai Wang Plaza (Kuala Lumpur), Tropicana City Mall (Petaling Jaya), The Mines (Klang Valley) and East Coast Mall (Kuantan) benefiting some 720 underprivileged children totalling RM210,000.

The sixth edition of the programme was aimed at helping underprivileged children prepare for school next year.

The donation is made possible with funding from the company’s philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation.

The annual programme was also held in the five countries where CapitaLand malls operate in, Singapore, China, Malaysia, Japan and India.

The programme, which started in Nov 24, involved 21 charity homes and primary schools.

About 173 staff volunteers accompanied the children as they visited the CapitaLand malls nearest to them to enjoy a fun-filled half-day programme.

CapitaLand Malaysia Mall REIT Management chief executive officer Low Peck Chen said the initiative was part of their commitment to give back to society.

“We are delighted to be bringing cheer and hope to underprivileged children through this CSR programme.

“We hope that our gift will provide the underprivileged children with a head start as they embark on their formal education,” she said.

Also present was Gurney Plaza/Queensbay Mall general manager Selina Ng, as well as staff members Peter Chan, Eliza Kow, Yeoh Kim Bock and Loi Kar Horng. — By V. Sivaji

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All set for school year

GEORGE TOWN — It was sheer joy for some 18 children from the fishing community in Tanjung Tokong, Gurney Drive and Tanjung Bungah areas.

The children were all smiles as they received their school assistance package consisting of a school bag, a set of school uniform, and a pair of school shoes and socks, from Eastern and Oriental Bhd (E&O).

The children, aged seven to 12, were this year’s final batch to benefit from the group’s annual school necessities assistance programme.

Earlier, E&O had presented some 160 deserving pupils five schools in the vicinity of Seri Tanjung Pinang with similar items worth RM150 each.

The pupils were from SK Tanjong Tokong, SJK (C) Hun Bin, SJK (T) Azad, Tadis Ar-Rasyiddin and SK Pendidikan Khas Persekutuan Pulau Pinang.

E&O Property (Penang) Sdn Bhd general manager Zawawi Yusop said the company has been providing assistance to schoolchildren in Tanjung Tokong since 2013.

“We hope that our contribution makes going back-to-school an anticipated event for these young children and more importantly, we hope it will motivate them to be even more committed to their studies,” he said.

Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu’s assistant Carolyn Khor, represented him to give away the items to the children.

“The assistance means a lot in alleviating the parents’ burden and simplifying the process of purchasing school supplies for their children.

“I hope E&O will continue with such initiatives every year. I also urge other corporate companies to provide education assistance since this is an invaluable investment for the future of all,” she said.

Housewife Ong Siwe Huang, whose children Ong Kai Yi, 10, and Shandy Ong Kai Yin, six, from SJK (C) Hu Yew Seah benefited from the programme, said the company’s gesture has helped in preparing her children for school next year.

“Such assistance definitely helps to reduce our financial burden,” she said.

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40-year artistic journey

GEORGE TOWN — For veteran artist Yusoff Osman, art is not a competition but motivated by passion.

Yusoff, 66, has kept to his principles and sees art as a personal satisfaction.

Despite 40 years of active involvement in the art world, he only has four solo exhibitions, including his latest solo, “Alamaya Se-adanya”, which is currently at Universiti Sains Malaysia Penang’s Galeri Tuanku Fauziah.

The exhibition features 48 pieces done from 1972 to 2016. Most of his works capture nostalgic memories of places in Penang that he grew up in.

He observes, captures nature and its phenomena with the intellect of a man who understands it as one of the core elements of human existence.

“Nature has been close to my heart and I express my thoughts through my experiences in my art.

“I always try to think out of the box, experimenting with materials and colours, which are important to an artist to be creative and original;” he said.

Born in Endau, Johor but raised in Bukit Gelugor, Penang, he was active in visual arts since his school days.

He started his art journey in earnest when he participated in the Penang Open Art Exhibition at the state art gallery in 1968.

He moved on to a two-man exhibition at the Penang State Library in 1969.

One of the founding members of Anak Alam, an art collective formed in 1974, including Latiff Mohidin and Mustapha Ibrahim, the group was active in staging art happenings and improvisations in shopping complexes, universities, colleges as well as on streets and in parking lots.

Being multi-talented, he worked as a set designer, studied at the Malaysian Institute of Art, taught history while at the institute and enrolled at USM Penang in 1975 for an art course.

He was also a freelance art director and writer for some of the big names in the advertising industry and has contributed sketches and short stories to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka publications.

Yusoff was also part of the team that won the Clio New York Award for the Yves St Laurent commercials in 1990.

Known for his forte in producing mixed media paintings on canvas, paper and board, which expressed themes on perceptions, intuition, ambiguity and existence.

Project manager for Yusoff, Siti Zaiton said when he paints he has no fear of making changes because the painting has a life of its own.

“There is pure harmony and an easy give and take and the paintings come out well. He sought more and more to capture the essence of a scene rather than to document it accurately,” she said.

Yusoff currently paints full-time at his Bandar Baru Bangi studio that is filled up with a large number of his earlier works.

The exhibition was launched by the university’s Centre for Research on Women and Gender Prof Datuk Rashidah Shuib.

Also present was Muzium and Galeri Tuanku Fauziah director Zoikurnian Hassan.

The exhibition ends today. The gallery’s visiting hours are from 9am to 6pm. For details, call 04-653 3888 ext 3261/3294.

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Going on a trip

AS the year draws to a close, Pokemon Go developer Niantic has released some statistics to see how far the game has come since July.

Collectively, Pokemon Go players have walked 8.7 billion km — enough to take 200,000 trips around the planet.

In addition, players caught 88 billion creatures, equivalent to getting more than half a billion Pokemon per day.

While there is already a Christmas event going on, featuring some of Generation 2 baby Pokemon and exclusive Santa Pikachu to grab, there are rumours of more bonuses on Christmas Day.
Source: Niantic

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Mega Man goes Mobile

CAPCOM will be releasing the first six classic Mega Man games to Android and iOS devices.

For those who are unaware of the series, they are 1987’s Mega Man, followed by sequels up until Mega Man 6 in 1993.

Each is priced at US$1.99 (RM8.95) and will be available early January. There will not be any micro-transactions and the games will be using touchscreen controls.

It remains to be seen if the game will be a success as the company’s past efforts proved otherwise.

In 2009, Mega Man 2 made its first appearance on mobile and it was criticised for being unplayable.

The same went for Mega Man X in 2011 as it had micro-transactions that unlocked weapons, health boosts and other content. — Source: Capcom

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Return to the fight

Return to the fight

THE first downloadable content for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is called Sabotage and will be available on Jan 31.

It includes four new multiplayer maps starting with Noir set in futuristic Brooklyn. As for Neon, it is a virtual combat arena followed by Renaissance which will see players fighting in Venice, Italy. Finally, Domination is set on Mars.

Additionally, a new episode for the game’s Zombies mode will also be available, set in a cabin in the woods called Rave in the Redwoods.

Set in an abandoned camp-turned-rave-party, it is soon overrun by zombies.

There will also be new weapons, traps and characters. — Source: Call of Duty

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Play as Raven

Play as Raven

GRAVITY RUSH 2 will arrive in January featuring returning protagonist Kat and a new character Raven.

It seems that the newcomer has a lot of fans and the game developers gave her a story too. Coming in the form of a free add-on content, it is called Another Story The Ark of Time — Raven’s Choice.

Players will take control of Raven and must battle to save the Lost Children who are trapped inside the ark at the end of the first game.

Expect the downloadable content in March.

In addition, the game will have a companion media content in the form of a Japanese animation bridging the gap between the original and its sequel. — Source: Gravity Rush

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Run Mario run

Run Mario run

NINTENDO’S first venture to smart devices — the highly-anticipated Super Mario Run — achieved 40 million downloads in four days.

The game sits at the top spot in the Free Apps rankings in 140 countries.

Heavily banking on nostalgia, the game is a simplified version of Super Mario where you just tap the screen to jump and attack.

However, it has been met with mixed reviews due to its steep price. Only the first three levels are free, and unlocking the rest of the game costs RM39.90.

The game is currently exclusive to iOS devices but Nintendo says it will be available on Android devices at a later date. — Source: Nintendo

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No credit card? Go prepaid

SONY has unveiled its prepaid cards in RM100 and RM250 denominations for players to use on the PlayStation Network.

Also on offer are PlayStation Plus membership cards in three-month and 12-month variants at RM43 and RM129 respectively.

The company tied up with convenience stores such as 7-Eleven and soon the cards will also be available at Tesco, Giant and Cosway.

These cards contain digital codes where you can top up your e-wallet to buy games and downloadable content.

It works as an alternative methods for consumers who do not have credit cards or PayPal. — Source: Sony

More access to content

MICROSOFT’S Surface event in October promised to bring accessibility features to its software and hardware.

This started with Windows 10 and now, the new Office updates will have more features to help users create content.

For starters, the Accessibility Checker will be front and centre in all its Office apps.

Found under the Review tab, it can analyse documents and recommends changes or fixes.

Word and PowerPoint will soon offer intelligently generated alternate text for images in its files.

It will look into the file and give text-based descriptions for visually impaired users.

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