Is this too good to be true? Malaysia had dinosaurs roaming around thousands of years ago? It appears so! The researchers from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) of theOn August 17, 2020 / By Sofea
Is this too good to be true? Malaysia had dinosaurs roaming around thousands of years ago? It appears so! The researchers from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) of the Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Earth Sciences (FSB) found SEVEN dinosaur footprints in Bukit Panau, Tanah Merah of Kelantan state of Malaysia.
The footprints are believed to be of the Sauropod species from 145,000 to 66 million years old! The Sauropod species are known for their long necks and tails, small heads and 4 long, thick legs. They beat the elephants in the ‘largest animals to ever lived on land’ category.
The research team from UMK was led by FSB lecturer, Arham Muchtar Achmad Bahar and the expedition started in May 2017. Speaking to Bernama, he says, “Researchers spent more than 10,000 hours investigating and tracking dinosaurs in Kelantan and the traces of the tracks found have also been confirmed by experts from the Dinosaur World in Japan. The existence of dinosaurs in Bukit Panau has also been expected by many geologists based on the geological conditions that can be associated with some areas in southern Thailand that also contain dinosaur fossils.”
Let’s hope they find more fossils and maybe, Malaysia’s National Museum will house a real-life dinosaur bones on display in the future! (Or a futuristic Jurassic Park).
Source: News Straits Times
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has made headlines once again! Other than supporting Kanye West on his road to presidency, the billionaire is working on anotherOn July 28, 2020 / By Sofea
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has made headlines once again! Other than supporting Kanye West on his road to presidency, the billionaire is working on another out of this world project – a chip to be implanted in the brain for various reasons, and streaming music is one of them. Only the whackiest project from Elon Musk!
The Neuralink involves implanting flexible threads of electrodes into the brain which will pick up the neuronal signals blasted by our brains and transmit them to a computer. Musk believe that this next-generation advancement will lead to the cure of many neurological diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
After posting a tweet to recruit more revolutionary minds to work for Neuralink, a user on Twitter had Musk confirm on the unconventional way of streaming music.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 19, 2020
Neuralink has long been in the works with a livestream session already available in 2019, where Musk revealed the use of laser to implant the electrodes instead of (shudders) drilling the skull.
With the success of SpaceX, all eyes are on Musk and his team to revolutionise not only the field of neurology and technology, but also the way we enjoy our tunes in the future. If you are an engineer, hop on the train! For more info, visit the website.
After its introduction to the market with the Milo Nutri Pluz and Milo UHT 125ml drink packs, Nestle Malaysia aims to convert the straws of its entire UHTOn July 27, 2020 / By Sofea
After its introduction to the market with the Milo Nutri Pluz and Milo UHT 125ml drink packs, Nestle Malaysia aims to convert the straws of its entire UHT (ultra-high temperature) to paper straws by the end of 2020! This news bring joy to environmentalists as it is another step forward towards a greener Malaysia.
A veteran in sustainability and reduction of carbon footprint, with this initiative they are able to eliminate more than 200 million plastic straws per year. Its packaging is already 90% designed for recycling to date! Nestle Malaysia is also the first Food and Beverage company in Malaysia to do so.
As a consumer, you can opt for a greener choice with Nestle Malaysia to reduce your very own carbon footprint. For a full list of their plastic straw-free products, see below!
Don Don Donki (or just Donki) is THE ultimate Japanese discount chain store. From skincare to stationery and snacks, you can find anything and everything kawaii here. ApartOn July 24, 2020 / By Sofea
Don Don Donki (or just Donki) is THE ultimate Japanese discount chain store. From skincare to stationery and snacks, you can find anything and everything kawaii here. Apart from local outlets in Japan, they also have branches in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, California, Hawaii – and now Malaysia!
Set to open their doors early next year, it will be located at LOT 10 in the heart of Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian debut will feature three storeys of amazingly affordable Japanese and globally sourced products. Prepare to spend hours ogling at the array of Japanese delights!
Since its first introduction in South East Asia with Singaporean branch located at Orchard Road in 2017, it has opened 7 more outlets in Singapore alone alongside 3 outlets in Hong Kong and 2 outlets in Thailand. In fact, the Donki in Orchard Road is 24 hours!
Every country has its own mascot and we can’t wait for the Malaysian charter to be unveiled. Now you don’t have to wait for international borders to be open to step foot in Don Don Donki!
Here are some of the things you can expect to find in Don Don Donki:
1. For the foodies
2. For the pet lovers
3. For the snack lovers
4. For the drinkers
5. For the beauty queens
6. For the kitchen
7. For rainy days
And many more!
Astronomical phenomenon doesn’t happen very often and when they do, it’s magical! If you missed the total solar eclipse on 26 December 2019, do not miss the year’sOn June 20, 2020 / By Sofea
Astronomical phenomenon doesn’t happen very often and when they do, it’s magical! If you missed the total solar eclipse on 26 December 2019, do not miss the year’s first solar eclipse this 21 June 2020! Albeit a partial solar eclipse, it is an event one should revel in.
Solar eclipses occur when the moon, earth and sun are aligned. The moon casts a shadow over the earth when fully or partially blocked by the sun. For this Sunday, only part of the sun will be engulfed. The sun will be in a crescent shape like the moon!
Unlike the lunar eclipse, it is dangerous to look at a solar eclipse with the naked eye. Due to the UV rays emitting from the sun, it can damage your eyes and lead to blindness. Instead, use special eclipse glasses, telescopes or binoculars with solar filters or pinhole projector. If none of these are available for you, here is a guide on building your very own pinhole projector.
Alternatively, you can go back to the old school way of filling a pail with water and observing the eclipse through its reflection. The eclipse begins at 2.50pm, peaks at 3.57pm and ends at 4.54pm. Spend Father’s Day with this special event and make it a memorable one.
Every Malaysian couldn’t wait for ‘Wawasan 2020’, but no one could predict what was to come – a deadly virus pandemic. With over 7 million cases worldwide andOn June 14, 2020 / By Sofea
Every Malaysian couldn’t wait for ‘Wawasan 2020’, but no one could predict what was to come – a deadly virus pandemic. With over 7 million cases worldwide and counting, the COVID-19 outbreak is becoming one of the worst pandemics in the 21st century.
If you are like many of us, confused with the array of information shared by officials alike, Netflix has got you covered. Presented by the American digital media company Vox, ‘Coronavirus, Explained’ is the docuseries to watch right now.
Narrated by J. K. Simmons, the first episode titled ‘This Pandemic’ will make you go “Ooooh.” From its explanation of the SARS-COV-2 virus, how COVID-19 got its name to why it is so contagious – this docuseries will make you a coronavirus expert. It even has Bill Gates in it! Another emphasis made is how the world was not prepared for the pandemic.
With original reactions of world leaders taking the situation lightly leading to lockdown of nations, all you need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic is in here. Though only the first episode is available, expect the rest later this Summer.
Now you can Netflix n’ Chill with coronavirus (pun intended).
As part of the efforts in curbing COVID-19 in Malaysia, the Malaysian Government has launched various apps to assist the frontliners. One of the main aims is toOn May 15, 2020 / By Sofea
As part of the efforts in curbing COVID-19 in Malaysia, the Malaysian Government has launched various apps to assist the frontliners. One of the main aims is to have a network for contact tracing. Based on the World Health Organisation (WHO), contact tracing is a monitoring process of individuals who were exposed to an infected person, in this case, by the coronavirus.
The MySejahtera App helps in monitoring your health during this period. With the app, perform health self-assessment for you and your family members. Make sure you’re honest as the data submitted will be used by the Ministry of Health, Malaysia for surveillance. This way, they can be alerted for any health changes in a certain location to take the necessary actions. The app is free to download and can be found in both the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
This app uses Bluetooth to detect other MyTrace app users in close proximity and the duration of the contact. If a person with the app is diagnosed with COVID-19, not only will you be alerted, the Ministry of Health can also trace who the person has come in contact with. The data can also be shared on the MySejahtera app. The only downside of MyTrace is that it is only available on the Google Play Store for now.
For interstate travelling, use this app to apply instead of going to your nearest police station. Gerak Malaysia also aids the Ministry of Health, Malaysia and the police in tracing the movements of Malaysians nationwide. This helps to identify where you’ve been and the people you have potentially come in contact with for contact tracing.
Another app for contact tracing, the SELangkah app is Selangor State’s initiative in aiding the state health department in monitoring the disease. For business operators, they can register and obtain a QR code on the website. Visitors will then be required to scan the QR code on the app! This way, if there is a new cluster at an area where you have scanned, necessary measures can be taken.
With these apps, nationwide monitoring can be achieved! Do your part and download them. Though we have entered Conditional Movement Control Order, only go out when absolutely necessary. #StayHome and stay safe!
There are no words or gestures that could amount to what the frontliners are achieving for the nation. With their excellent services, Malaysia’s COVID-19 recovery rate is aroundOn April 17, 2020 / By Sofea
There are no words or gestures that could amount to what the frontliners are achieving for the nation. With their excellent services, Malaysia’s COVID-19 recovery rate is around 50%. To honour their sacrifices, staging & technical production company Sound Innovations Sdn Bhd came up with a heartfelt message like no other.
Lighting up building walls in Kuala Lumpur’s city centre, they projected their message from their company’s rooftop. Using headlight beams to do so (think Gotham with the Bat-Signal), the light show decorated the city on 14 April 2020.
With the messages “Thank You Malaysian Frontliners” and “#stayathome” projected across multiple buildings, it filled the night with hope as we enter the third phase of the Movement Control Order. Let’s show our gratitude to the frontliners by doing our part and stay home!
With the extensive news coverage on the progress of the outbreak in Malaysia, Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace identified a problem. There is a shortage of PPE (personal protection equipment)On April 14, 2020 / By Sofea
With the extensive news coverage on the progress of the outbreak in Malaysia, Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace identified a problem. There is a shortage of PPE (personal protection equipment) for the frontliners in hospitals.
Under the Biji-Biji Group, Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace together with social enterprise Biji-Biji Initiative and alternative educational space Me.reka came up with a solution – producing face shields using 3D printers and laser cutters.
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Our fundraiser update! Firstly, we would like to express our gratitude and humble appreciation for those who have supported us and helped the communities journey towards uplifting the frontliners. The fundraising campaign for our initiative was closed last Thursday. The following 3 working days were marked as a cooling period to ensure all remaining funds were received. As of today, we had raised a total of RM134,203.22, consisting of RM 97,507.22 in cash donations and also RM 36,696 of estimated in-kind donations. Through the support of the community, we were able to exceed our initial donation targets! As previously stated, any additional funds raised will go to further support the creation of additional PPE's and medical equipment for our frontliners. 1) Through our decentralized production effort, we will be delivering a total of 20,000 face shields, with 35,000 additional replacements. The acrylic frame can be reused numerous times with the replacement pieces provided (PVC, foam, elastic). 2) As of writing this, we have managed to deliver to 53 hospitals, clinics, PDRM and other frontliners (the delivery status and updates can all be viewed transparently on our website). 3) Through the material sponsorships received directly as a result of the aforementioned fundraiser, our production partners, University Teknologi Petronas are estimated to produce a further 4,000 units, focusing on delivery to the Pusat Gerakan JKN, Perak. 4) The other medical equipment we have been able to produce is as follows (production and deliveries will continue): – 530 aero chambers – 2 patient isolation boxes We are also currently in the process of prototyping and producing full-body gowns for medical staff. We greatly appreciate your support in our effort to provide medical equipment to those in the frontlines. Initiatives from all across Malaysia have brought the community together to help support those who are keeping us all safe. The fight is not over! The frontliners are still working day and night and still need our support! Keep updated with our journey: https://mereka.my/protecting-our-frontliners/ (link in bio)
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As of 8 April 2020, they have delivered 20,000 face shields with 35,000 additional replacements to 53 hospitals and clinics. The funds were generated by Biji-Biji Initiative through crowdfunding via their social media outlets. You can do your part in the decentralised production effort by aiding them with donations here.
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UPDATE: Face Shield mask for Covid-19 frontliners Thank you everyone who has responded and shared our post with regards to looking for materials to make the face shield mask. We've spent the day prototyping the face shields, and currently finalising the design & steps needed. We will be posting up the final list of materials needed, along with more information for material drop-off. We truly appreciate each of you reaching out to us, and also for sharing our post. YOU are making this possible. Meanwhile, here are some photos of the (almost) final product! #covid19 #kitajagakita
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Source: The Star
We have seen a fair share of bizarre baby names in the past. The latest addition of peculiar baby names comes amidst recent events. In the spirit ofOn April 13, 2020 / By Sofea
We have seen a fair share of bizarre baby names in the past. The latest addition of peculiar baby names comes amidst recent events. In the spirit of the COVID-19 pandemic, a couple from India had gifted their new-born twins two unique names – Corona and Covid.
According to The New India Express, Vinay Verma and his wife, Preeti had given birth to a boy (Covid) and a girl (Corona) in Raipur, the capital city of Chhattisgarh. Due to the nationwide lockdown, getting to the hospital was a challenge for the couple. On top of that, Preeti had complications while giving birth and their family members are not allowed to visit them.
They have given the names to symbolise the hardships they faced and how they overcome it all. They also hope to elevate the anxiety that comes with words tied to the pandemic. Plus, they sure are two memorable names!
Source: The New India Express
Japan has always been a level above when it comes to innovative technologies. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, graduation ceremonies have been cancelled to minimise contact. That, however,On April 11, 2020 / By Sofea
Japan has always been a level above when it comes to innovative technologies. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, graduation ceremonies have been cancelled to minimise contact. That, however, did not stop Business Breakthrough University in Tokyo.
They used robots to conduct the ceremony! The robots are creations of ANA Holdings named ‘Newme’. They were dressed in graduation gown and caps with tablets as “faces” of the graduates who were tuned in via Zoom on their laptops. Just as how it is done at a graduation ceremony, one after another the robots went up the stage to receive their scrolls.
The ‘Newme’ robot is designed to become the new ‘you’ – a remotely controlled, customisable avatar you can use to talk, walk and explore the world. Perfect for the quarantine period.
Lady Gaga, along with the World Health Organisation and Global Citizen, announced ‘One World: Together At Home’, a one-night-only event in support of the fight against the COVID-19On April 8, 2020 / By Sofea
Lady Gaga, along with the World Health Organisation and Global Citizen, announced ‘One World: Together At Home’, a one-night-only event in support of the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak.
Happening on 19 April 2020 at 8am local time, it can be watched on multiple global platforms including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
Hosting the show are Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert. The event will include inspiring stories from the world’s healthcare heroes as well as performances and artists’ appearances by Billie Eilish, Andrea Bocelli, Shah Rukh Khan, Sir Elton John and many more.
In her speech, Lady Gaga addresses her gratitude towards health care professionals worldwide fighting hand-in-hand amidst the pandemic. Commitments from supporters will go to the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund for the World Health Organisation.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) April 7, 2020
For more information on how to tune in and participate, click here!
Nor “Phoenix” Diana has made a name for herself by becoming the first hijab-clad Professional Wrestler to win the Malaysia Pro Wrestling Wrestlecon Championship last year. This year,On April 6, 2020 / By Sofea
Nor “Phoenix” Diana has made a name for herself by becoming the first hijab-clad Professional Wrestler to win the Malaysia Pro Wrestling Wrestlecon Championship last year. This year, she graces the front cover of Forbes Asia magazine as she made it into the prestigious ‘30 Under 30’ List under the ‘Entertainment and Sports’ section.
At only 20 years old, Nor “Phoenix” Diana has taken the world by storm with her wrestling moves and championship wins. Breaking the barrier of hijabis in sports, she aims to inspire women – regardless of religion and culture.
The 2020’s Forbes ‘30 Under 30 Asia’ List has 14 Malaysians as honourees. Sharing the list is Short Track Speed Skater, Anja Chong, co-founders of Dropee, Lennise Ng and Aizat Raim, and co-founder of Muslim matchmaking website Baituljannah, Wan Hasifi Amin Wan Zaidon, to name a few.
The List also features a diverse group of people across 22 countries which represent the Asia-Pacific region. Some notable international honourees are K-Pop girl group Twice and actress of Oscar-winning film Parasite, So-dam Park, Australia’s top tennis player, Ashleigh Barty and Liverpool player, Takumi Minamino.
You can check out the list here!
The sewing workshop of Penor Jail located in Pahang, Malaysia has one of the most important role of the coronavirus outbreak – creating PPE (personal protection equipment) forOn April 3, 2020 / By Sofea
The sewing workshop of Penor Jail located in Pahang, Malaysia has one of the most important role of the coronavirus outbreak – creating PPE (personal protection equipment) for hospital workers.
Usually the workshop operates on weekdays, but due to high demand of the garment, the inmates also work on weekends. It began when they received 2000 metres of material, each suit requiring 5 metres. Started on 27 March 2020, they produce more than 20 PPE each day!
Prior to that, the inmates attended a briefing session on how to produce the blue suits. Once the suits are done, they are sent to the office of the Secretary of the state of Pahang who will then distribute them to the state of Pahang’s Health Department.
Let us thank all the unsung heroes who are risking their lives to keep us safe. Do your part by staying at home!
Source: Harian Metro
With the Movement Control Order commenced on 18 March 2020, many establishments were forced to cease operations. Unfortunately, this also includes Malaysia’s National Zoo. Now, with the orderOn April 1, 2020 / By Sofea
With the Movement Control Order commenced on 18 March 2020, many establishments were forced to cease operations. Unfortunately, this also includes Malaysia’s National Zoo. Now, with the order extending until 14 April 2020, it is 4 weeks of no visitors paying entrance fees.
Prioritising the well-being of the zoo animals, they have dipped into their emergency fund for the care of over 5000 animals. This, however, would only be enough for approximately 3 months. Hoping to raise more funds, they have announced the ‘Adopt An Animal’ programme!
All proceeds will go to the animals in need. Choose from adopting a tiger, penguin, lion and many more. You will receive a certificate of adoption and a shout out on their annual report! Click here to visit their website for more info. Together we can help our furry (or scaly) friends at the zoo.
If you are running out of ideas to do at home by now, let us present to you this contest! Hosted by Awesome Studios, #JustStayHomeLah is a videoOn March 24, 2020 / By Sofea
If you are running out of ideas to do at home by now, let us present to you this contest! Hosted by Awesome Studios, #JustStayHomeLah is a video competition with a grand prize of RM7000! So, let your creativity run free and get your cameras ready – it’s filming time.
All you have to do is film a home video of 60 seconds or less, end it with a “Do your part, just stay at home lah” and post it on Instagram or Facebook (or both). Remember, winners are chosen based on creativity and video engagement. This contest is open for Malaysians only.
For more information, visit their Facebook and Instagram page. Let us continue to combat the COVID-19 outbreak hand-in-hand by doing our part to the society – #JustStayHomeLah! Contest ends after the last day of lockdown.
With so many events postponing and cancelling due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s hard to keep up with the news. Lucky for you, here we list down 10On March 19, 2020 / By Sofea
With so many events postponing and cancelling due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s hard to keep up with the news. Lucky for you, here we list down 10 major events that are not happening any time soon.
After the announcement of Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus, the NBA Commissioner decided to temporarily suspend the season for 30 days. Many fans support the decision in hopes to minimise the spread.
Rumours were circulating of the postponement of the most sought-after music festival. This year, Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean will take centre stage to headline the show. Now, the festival is not cancelled but will be held in October later this year.
Nickelodeon’s slimiest event will not be taking place on 22 March 2020. With Chance The Rapper as the host this year, the award show will be moved to a later date. Therefore, there is still time to vote for your favourite artists!
Disney’s live-action adaptation of the classic blockbuster Mulan is postponing its global release due to the outbreak. It is unsure as to when will the premiere happen as of now, but its world premiere was held in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Current team with the most points Liverpool F.C. has to hold their horses for the next two games to win the league. Due to the announcement of Arsenal’s manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea’s forward Callum Hudson-Odoi having tested positive for the virus, the league is postponed until 30 April 2020.
The 55th Academy of Country Music Awards was set to take place on 5 April 2020. Due to the ban on large public gatherings, they have announced the postponement of the award show. A new date is still in the works.
The 35th Induction Ceremony was forced to postpone from its original date of 2 May 2020 as the city of Cleveland is under a civil emergency. This year’s Hall of Fame inductees include Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, Notorious B.I.G, the Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston and T-rex.
A sad news for independent record stores around the world. The annual Record Store Day has been postponed to 20 June 2020. Each year, fans and artists of the music scene come together to celebrate the culture of independent record stores.
The festival that celebrates all things great in the interactive, film and music industries is cancelled. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, the yearly event was scheduled to happen from 13 – 22 March 2020.
The Boston Marathon has never been completely cancelled, until this year. Since its first flag off in 1897, this is the first time the event will be moved to a later date. The 2020 Boston Marathon will be held on 14 September 2020.
With the commencement of the Movement Control Order, travel restrictions have been imposed. Tourists are not allowed to enter Malaysia and Malaysians are not allowed to travel overseas.On March 18, 2020 / By Sofea
With the commencement of the Movement Control Order, travel restrictions have been imposed. Tourists are not allowed to enter Malaysia and Malaysians are not allowed to travel overseas. This includes driving to-and-fro Singapore.
This has disrupted the many Malaysians and Singaporeans who travel back and forth daily for work and school. Since the announcement of the partial lockdown, traffic at the bridge connecting the two countries were at a standstill. Still, many did not make it by 18 March 2020.
Today, the causeway as well as the Tuas checkpoint, which usually see about 415,000 travellers, is empty. A rare sight for both Malaysians and Singaporeans. The lockdown sees exemptions of lorries and people with special permission. We hope for the link to be reopened soon, as announced by the Johor Minister today (click here for the story).
Following the announcement of the Movement Control Order, many have rushed to supermarkets nationwide in fear of supplies running out. The unnecessary panic and chaos had caused overcrowdingOn March 18, 2020 / By Sofea
Following the announcement of the Movement Control Order, many have rushed to supermarkets nationwide in fear of supplies running out. The unnecessary panic and chaos had caused overcrowding and hoarding. While others think of themselves, Jaya Grocer and Mydin thought of the elderly and the disabled persons.
Starting from 18 – 31 March 2020, both supermarkets will open its doors earlier exclusively for the elderly, its caretakers, people with special needs and pregnant ladies. All Jaya Grocer outlets nationwide will partake in this wonderful act of kindness and operate 30 minutes earlier, only for those mentioned.
Mydin on the other hand, have the same initiative but at selected outlets only. This will help the elderly and the vulnerable greatly as they will get to the supplies first-hand. Eliminating the selfish crowd, this creates a safer environment for the elderly and the vulnerable.
Remember, supermarkets will still be operating as per usual during this partial lockdown!
In conjunction with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020, the annual #WomensMarchMY is back. This year, instead of 5 demands, they had come up with 7 demandsOn March 2, 2020 / By Sofea
In conjunction with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2020, the annual #WomensMarchMY is back. This year, instead of 5 demands, they had come up with 7 demands for women and marginalised community.
The event began in 2017 when Gerakan Pembebasan Wanita organised the march in Kuala Lumpur that brought out 50 participants. The next year, more than 300 attendees took the streets! However, last year the march faced a controversy with the public condemning anyone who participated due to its link with the LGBT group.
This year, the #WomensMarchMY is coordinated by various individuals from actors to non-governmental organisations. We see many women rights activists online, but it is important to come together and stand up offline. Get your boards ready, put on your masks for health measures and see you at the peaceful rally.