Events


Today which is the second day of the 17th Conference of Parties known as COP17/CMP7, I joined the Green Tour which is conducted to promote the awareness on Green initiatives in Durban. We when to some places where green projects are being implemented. It was such a nice tour to explore this beautiful city.

Green Tour Bus each loads around 18 people. It starts each day from 10AM or a bit later and it will last no more than 4 hours. To be part of it, one has to register ahead of the start of the Green Tour or you can also try your luck without registering just in case there is someone not going. However, you are strongly advised to register ahead to make sure the seat is reserved for you. Along the way, facilitators explained us about their green initiatives and some related fact about Durban. After some traveling, there was a short break during which organic snack was provided at a pleasant and natural location. As part of this Green Tour, we also had a chance to meet the local tree-preneur and visit the site where indigenous plants are grown.

All local tree-preneurs can grow whatever types of trees they want but they are trained to select trees that are not invasive and alien. Then they can then exchange it for a note which they can use for buying food and paying their children’s education fees. They are not paid by cash as they believed that if those women are paid by cash, the cash may be improperly used by the husbands. Following are some of the shots from this tour.

Piseth, from Duban, South Africa.

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 7th Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP7) to the Kyoto Protocol which is to be held from Nov 28 to Dec. 9 in Durban, South Africa is now on its second day.

More than 20 000 people including the South African president H.E Jacob Zuma, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, World Bank president Robert Zoellick, CNN founder Ted Turner, billionaire businessman Richard Branson are attending and expected to attend this conference. Many celebrities who have been much involved in the climate change effect reduction efforts such as  Angelina Jolie, U2’s Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio, etc. will also attend this conference.  They will join actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, former US vice-president Al Gore, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and a number of heads of states.

Some Climate Change activists are worried that Durban may become  the burial ground for the Kyoto Protocol should the negotiation fails while some positively believe Durban will deliver a rewarding result.

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By Piseth, from Durban, South Africa.

Rest in Peace my Beloved Steve Jobs

Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, one of the greatest American CEOs, died on Wednesday at the age of 56. He had been suffering cancer and other health issues.

Although he is just one year older than Bill Gates of Microsoft, Steve was never lucky enough. He had been battling cancer and health issues until his death.

Following is Steve’s biography in brief from wikipedia:

Jobs was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs (née Hagopian) of Mountain View, California, who named him Steven Paul. Paul and Clara later adopted a daughter, whom they named Patti. Jobs’ biological parents – Abdulfattah John Jandali, a Syrian Muslim graduate student from Homs who later became a political science professor and Joanne Simpson (née Schieble), an American graduate student who went on to become a speech language pathologist – eventually married. Together, they gave birth to and raised Jobs’ biological sister, novelist Mona Simpson.

Jobs attended Cupertino Junior High and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. He frequented after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California and was later hired there, working with Steve Wozniak as a summer employee. Following high school graduation in 1972, Jobs enrolled at Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Although he dropped out after only one semester, he continued auditing classes at Reed, while sleeping on the floor in friends’ rooms, returning Coke bottles for food money, and getting weekly free meals at the local Hare Krishna temple. Jobs later said, “If I had never dropped in on that single calligraphy course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts.”

In autumn 1974, Jobs returned to California and began attending meetings of the Homebrew Computer Club with Wozniak. He took a job as a technician at Atari, a manufacturer of popular video games, with the primary intent of saving money for a spiritual retreat to India.

Jobs then traveled to India to visit the Neem Karoli Baba at his Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend (and, later, the first Apple employee), Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing. During this time, Jobs experimented with psychedelics, calling his LSD experiences “one of the two or three most important things [he had] done in [his] life”. He has said that people around him who did not share his countercultural roots could not fully relate to his thinking.

Jobs returned to his previous job at Atari and was given the task of creating a circuit board for the game Breakout. According to Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Atari had offered $100 for each chip that was eliminated in the machine. Jobs had little interest or knowledge in circuit board design and made a deal with Wozniak to split the bonus evenly between them if Wozniak could minimize the number of chips. Much to the amazement of Atari, Wozniak reduced the number of chips by 50, a design so tight that it was impossible to reproduce on an assembly line. At the time, Jobs told Wozniak that Atari had only given them $700 (instead of the actual $5,000) and that Wozniak’s share was thus $350.

Read full article about Steve Jobs on Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jobs

On April 06, 2011, the Women’s Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC) organized a party for the celebration of the Khmer New Year to come on the April 14. It is also an occasion to motivate staff after they have been working very hard through out the year to achieve WMC’s goals. It was also aimed at appreciating WMC’s board of directors for their contributions in terms of advices as well as strategic directions which contribute to the growth of WMC as of today. The celebration aimed also at promoting Cambodian precious tradition. Besides, this event marked the 16th anniversary of the establishment of WMC.

The event was divided into two main parts: religious ceremony and team building/social party. The religious ceremony started at 8 am beginning with the offering to Krong Peali (the name of the spirits that take care of the mother earth), followed by Buddhist blessings, filling the rice bowl. After finishing the religious ceremony, lunch was provided and then they took a rest. The party started at 4:30pm beginning with guest reception, welcome speech of the Acting Executive Director which officially marked the start of the party. The party ended up at 10pm. It was such a happy event within which every enjoyed watching various performances of staff, singing, eating, and dancing.

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Staff joined the Buddhist Blessing session

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Monks blessing staff with the holly water

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Rice Bowl Filling

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Just before the party (Left: Virak, colleague)

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Just before the party (Left: Samnang, colleague and best friend)

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Photo shooting session. WMC Staff
Photo by: Meng Sang, my colleague

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Joining the game session
MCs: Phasoka and Ros Kong, right most

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Let’s be dancing (Traditional way of dancing called Rom Vong)

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Dancing Saravan (traditional way of dancing)

post-it for New Year

To all the people around the globe, especially, all my blog readers.

I will be in Kong Kong and Kampong Som next week for the WMC annual staff retreat 2009. I hope I can access to Internet there so that mpsinfo.wordpress.com can go with me; otherwise, I will have to be away from it during this said period.