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Thursday, August 13, 2009

HIV / Aids Workshop

Dear All,

Above enclosed with the HIV/AIDS Helpline Volunteer Recruitement Workshop 2009 Poster (Mandarin-version).

This workshop provides basic information regarding HIV/AIDS and some basic tele-counselling skills, and is conversed in Mandarin.

Below are the English-version details of this workshop:

Date: 12, 13, 26, and 27 September 2009
10, 11, 24 and 25 October 2009

Time: Saturday 2.30pm-7pm
Sunday 1pm-6pm

Fees: RM 80 (8 days)

Venue : Sentur Timur

Contact: Grace Tan
Wednesday to Saturday 1.30pm-9.30pm

Debriefing will be held on 29th August 2009, 3pm (F.O.C.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Meteor Shower @ 1.30am to 4am thursday morning 13th August 2009

Malaysians can observe meteor shower tonight

GEORGE TOWN: Malaysians will be able to sight up to a total of 100 Perseid meteors per hour streaking across the northern sky in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Astronomy Atmospheric Science Unit lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Chong Hon Yew said that according to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO). the meteor shower is expected to be best viewed from 1.30am to 4am on Thursday.

“The shower could have started on July 24 and is expected to be observed until Aug 17.

“It is however predicted that during the peak viewing time (Thursday morning), the moon will be high in the sky, outshining the fainter meteors.

“There is a good chance for observers to spot the brighter meteors however,” he said on Wednesday.

Dr Chong also hoped the weather would be favourable for the Perseids to be seen.

Those who miss tomorrow’s meteor shower may still catch a “lesser version” after midnight Thursday, or early Friday morning.

Dr Chong said the Perseids are a prolific meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle which are usually fast, bright and occasionally leave persistent trains.

“The point they come from lies in the constellation of Perseus,” he said.

The Perseid meteor shower has been observed for about 2,000 years, with the first known sighting coming from the Far East.

Every year in August, the Earth passes through rock and dust fragments left behind by the comet Swift-Tuttle. As these small particles collide with the Earth’s atmosphere, they burn up, often creating a startling streak of light across the sky.

The shower is visible from mid-July each year, with the greatest activity between Aug 8 and Aug 14, peaking at about Aug 12.

Dr Chong said the meteor shower can be observed with the naked eye.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

The raised of the public transport fare

Sunday, August 02, 2009
The Star Online Blog
Posted by: gregorule

The rising issue of public transport fares (both cab and bus) is a hot topic to be discussed now. This is mainly due to those who rely on the public transport to get to their destination.

Low income citizens and students who can’t afford to get a car as their own transport will have to rely on cabs, busses, and the LRT to get to the desired destination, whether to work or to meet up with clients or even heading to the mall.

By increasing the public transport fares, the authorities are forcing us to pay more for the poor quality services provided.

Being a student myself, I had to take busses to school every morning with the fear of arriving late for class. This is not because I woke up late, but rather because the busses spent more than 30 minutes to be filled with passengers until they are ready to go. On certain occasions, we are also required to switch busses because the one that we are in aren’t willing to send us to the desired destination, all just because the bus was “too” empty. This is then followed by the bus fare increment which we have had no choice but to obey.

The bus service quality had left us no choice at times which we will have no choice but to opt for taxi ride instead. Since travelling short distance (from our apartment to campus) it’s still considered affordable since we are sharing the cab with a total number of 4 persons (about RM1.20 pax). But now, authorities again, wanted to increase the fares for the cab services. This is basically the final straw for us to stay down and keep quiet.

Here is a thought for everyone to ponder - would there be bad traffic jams if the public transport were to be the most efficient method for traveling? Observe around you and you can see that out of 10 cars, 8 of them are traveling alone.

Take a look at our neighbour, Singapore. Although their public transport may be expensive, their services are up to standard. Time taken to wait for a bus is less than 10 minutes and MRT with 6 carriages carry 4 times more passengers than the LRT in Malaysia.

In conclusion, I think it is very inconsiderate of the authorities to increase public transport fares as they wish without considering the effects it has towards us – the lower income group citizens and students. And I would hereby make a few suggestions to the authorities – introduce student rates (or such) to decrease the financial burden of citizens, extend our current LRT and increase the frequency of it, and to nab those bus drivers who refused to ferry passengers just because there are too few people in the bus.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Most Wanted Ruumate 2009 powered by Ruumz is featured in local news

Winners and runner-ups of the ‘Most Wanted ruumate’
RUUMZ, Malaysia’s first social networking website, has found two of its “Most Wanted ruumate” in an administrative assistant and a writer.

Rachel Beh, 27, and Derek Yap, 25, attained the most attractive, creative and sociable title after two months of social networking to gain votes.

“This has been a tough and interesting campaign. It was amazing to see how young Malaysians today are so savvy in the way they connect to the public.

“Rachel and Derek are names to look out for as advocates of our future generation,” said ruumz.FM’s DJ Ross.

First runner-ups for the female and male category was blogger Amanda Choe, 20, and postgraduate student Kingston Liu, 25, respectively.

Design student Raeesa Shahirah, 19, and engineering student John Lean, 20, were second runner-ups.

The winners were selected based on the amount of votes acquired from ruumz members and judges encompassing online radio ruumz.FM DJs Fly Guy and Ross, actress and model Sarah Lian, Faces magazine editor-in-chief Lu Jing Shia and journalist Niki Cheong.

The contest required participants to upload pictures and videos on the ruumz website while showcasing personality, lifestyle and talents through various tasks.

The winners used the social mediums of ruumz, Facebook, Twitter and personal blogs to garner votes. However, Beh and Yap made extra effort to meet voters and fans.

The two winners will be featured in Faces magazine. They also each won an Acer Aspire Timeline notebook, W1MAX Wiggy two-year subscription, a 32-inch Samsung LCD TV, a Samsung M7500 Emporio Armani mobile phone, Mooks apparel voucher amounting to RM1,000 and RM300 Blings! worth of rummz virtual currency which can be used for photo printing, music downloads and more.

Sub-category winners include Raeesa Shahirah and Reuben Samuel for Mooks Most Stylish ruumates, Pearlyn Sin and Dicky Oscar for Most Wanted Acer Travelmates while Amanda Choe and Asran Zakry won the Most Desired rummates titles.

According to ruumzNation chief executive James Chong, the company plans to have the campaign as an annual contest.

“The search for the ‘Most Wanted ruumate’ was more than about good looks and online popularity but also a campaign to showcase how the new online generation is able to leverage on social media as opposed to the use of traditional channels that entails a high cost,” said Chong.

For more information on winners and website, please visit