Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Monday, August 10, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 08102020 1130 UTC
Today: Monday, August 10, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· All Burma Federation of Students' Unions, boycott upcoming election (With actuality)
· Myanmar Matriculation Exam Results released on August 9,2020
· U.S. sets record as coronavirus cases top 5 million
· Afghanistan to release 400 'hard-core' Taliban prisoners in bid for peace
· French President Emmanuel Macron Urges World Leaders to Speed Aid to Lebanon After Explosions
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 5:18 minutes
Translator: Sabera Begum (Cox’s Bazar)
Topic: ‘Smart’ Face Mask Aims to Improve Communication in New Normal.
Summary: A Japanese company has created a “smart” mask that aims to improve communication for people wearing face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The use of face masks has become the new normal in parts of the world still struggling to reduce spread of the coronavirus. However, masks and other kinds of coverings can affect the quality of communication between wearers. It can be more difficult to hear voices through the coverings. Many business and public spaces also have social distancing barriers in place, which also make it harder for people to be heard and understood. The wearable electronic device is designed to help improve speech interactions in such conditions.
The Japanese startup company Donut Robotics calls its invention the “c-mask.” The device is meant to fit over other kinds of face masks commonly worn by the public. The c-mask is made of soft plastic material. It contains a built-in microphone and has holes in the front to let air in. When it is turned on, the mask uses Bluetooth technology to connect to a mobile device. An app then helps users perform several actions, including turning speech into text, completing telephone calls and making the user’s voice louder. The device can also translate a person’s voice from Japanese into eight other languages.
Report: Mohammed Rukon Uddin (Cox’s Bazar)
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 7:31 minutes
Topic: Rohingyas are upset getting some rotten items in their ration food Package and World Food Program representative responds on it.
Translation Summary: Before the pandemic Rohingyas used to get their monthly good ration from World Food Program (WFP) distribution center. They were able to buy anything they wanted. Since COVID-19 is labelled as pandemic, for the safety WFP changed the distribution system. They came up with package system where each individual gets monthly items that they need. They are no longer able to make their choice to purchase goods. Right after few months they found rotten items inside the food packet.
Mohammad Shafik from kutupalong camp 3 said,” Due to packet system distribution some items get rotten inside and we people become sick having those rotten items. We have no choice but to eat. In these packets there are potatoes, dry fishes, eggs and other stuff. We found rotten egg, potato, dry fish and dry red chilies. Some items are good like lentils”.
Nur Ullah from Camp 18 also faced the same problem where he found rotten potatoes, eggs and low-quality rice that made his son sick.
Sharifa Khanom, WFP program assistant said,” Every month we get sample from the traders. Once the sample is approved by us then we allow them to pack foods. Our retailer team always visits traders’ shop. Besides Rohingyas can check their food packet before taking and measure in the scale within the distribution cent