Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When you are young, yes you are aggressive BUT when you are growing older you are busy thinking, research and looking for the truth and speak the truth.

How we managed universities in Malaysia? Do we understand the academic culture? or we still looking at procedures and filling the forms? Academic culture, professors are always in front and more freedom to develop ideas and academic.

Many questions need to be asked in order to produce high quality graduates: Are universities to be seen as educating whole generations of youth over the long term or professionalizing individual consumers over the short term? Are universities to be seen as producers of long-term knowledge with global import or state and regional engines of short-term economic growth? And are university educations to be seen as key moments in the lives of their participants which provide a critical and unrepeatable foundation for lifelong future learning and wisdom or as transitory steps on a long and fragmented career ladder?

 "members of academic communities do not talk enough, they do not talk to each other, and they do not talk about values"

Dilemma of the universities: At one time, universities educated new generations and were a source of social change. Today colleges and universities are less places of public purpose, than agencies of personal advantage.

Findings from the Walden University 2013 Social Change Impact Report

We strongly need to have a systematic screening at market and supplier of vegetable to measure pesticides contamination and any unwanted chemicals, Public need to be educated, monitoring need to be done, enforcement need to be activated. Monitoring start from farm to table,

Not easy task to change public habit and culture using plastic. Plastic make life easy, cheap and clean. The question now is toxic chemicals i the plastic that might contaminate food and caused massive solid waste and hazardous chemicals pollution.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

More research need to be done on religion and politics; where are the borders. Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, but China's ruling Communist Party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority. China says it faces a terrorist threat in Xinjiang, with officials blaming 'religious extremism' for growing violence. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/

The attack occurred in the southern city of Kashgar, where tensions between ethnic Uighurs and the majority Han Chinese have led to bloodshed in recent years

Conflict between research, conservation, advocacy and education, and public awareness still going on among the conservation activists. They said no need to do research because they said research is not going any where BUT only education and public awareness are important. Research provide data and human resource or experts. With data and experts we can do better education and more effective way for public awareness. I think those activists need to be educated too. Tell them researches on nature such as biodiversity and ecology are important.

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Why are many people against Islam? About time we should do research about this question. we must document it and discuss openly so that all will understand. we don,t want to ask similar question to other religion or culture or race. May be we can use nature and conservation for better life, harmony and peace

Protest against Islamophobia in Sweden

China bans Ramadan fasting in mainly Muslim region Civil servants, students and teachers prevented from fasting and restaurants ordered to remain open in Xinjiang region. Some country still have no freedom for all to practice their religion. still scaring of ghost. WE NEED MORE EDUCATION FOR ALL NOT JUST HEAR SAY AND SCARED OF UNCERTANTIES.

Uighur activists blame government's "religious repression" for increased tensions in Xinjiang [Reuters]

The word Ramadan comes from the Arabic root ramiḍa or ar-ramaḍ, which means scorching heat or dryness. Fasting is fardh (obligatory) for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, travelling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. Fasting the month of Ramadan was made obligatory (wājib), in the second year after the Muslims migrated from Mecca to Medina. Fatwas have been issued declaring that Muslims who live in regions with natural phenomenon such as the midnight sun or polar night should follow the timetable of Mecca. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations with one's spouse. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Quran.

Many professors are wrongly interviewed. Many of panel interview look like they have no experience in interviewing the professors. They run the interview like new graduates applying the jobs. They don't even look at or trying to understand the long CV of the professors. Never ask question what the professors have done in his career! or in last past 5 years or since 2008,....that will be the most stupid question!!!. The panels must share the knowledge and experience with the professors, the interviewer should bench mark them and assess what the university can use them for the best to achieve university's mission in short period. If the VC and the board of directors and the dean have clear vision, they know what to do with the professors. All professors in the universities should be the excellence one. FOR ME THERE ARE STILL NO LEADERS IN THE UNIVERSITIES IN MALAYSIA. THEY ARE STILL THE MANAGERS.

Finding the best candidate for a faculty position involves much more than posting the open position and evaluating curricula vitae. You must ensure that the candidate will work well with other faculty members and administrators. It’s even more important to assess a potential new professor’s ability to interact with and teach students. Carefully structuring the interview process will help you choose the candidate who not only possesses an outstanding academic background, but also is effective and engaging in the classroom.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Everyone is susceptible to nerve damage as lifestyle choices and daily activities increase risk factors. Many common factors in our day-to-day lifestyles have increased the chances of nerve damage. Long hours sitting at work desks or in traffic jams, repetitive activity such as typing and texting, and even cooking can lead to nerve damage. Poor posture, wearing tight clothing or shoes and even being overweight can put pressure or compress nerves.


Green building: any good examp;e for tropical country? any research? OR many are talking by copying ideas from the west?


Issues at the Human-Wildlife-Livestock-Ecosystem Interface: Wildlife habitat become shrinking, lost and close to human activities, exposure to zoonotic diseases and other conflict become increasing.


A true challenge! with number of scientist available, aggressive attitude, competitiveness, motivation and recognition, a lot we can learn. With Look East Policy 2.0 probably not just Japan and Korea but include China.

Could China be the next biotech trailblazer? 

Once badly polluted, the Sepang Besar River is recovering. It’s greenish-blue brackish water today supports a thriving mangrove forest. Yet, 20 years ago, it was as good as dead. Universiti Putra Malaysia professor Dr Ahmad Ismail says both states must set aside river reserves and monitor pollutants, which include herbicides sprayed in oil palm plantations, effluent from shrimp ponds and surface run-offs.

Once dead, Sepang Besar River comes back to life 

Clear flows: The Sepang Besar River is a lot cleaner now with the closure of pig farms. - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The StarFish farms in Sepang Besar River will suffer if the river water quality deteriorates. - MOHD SAHAR MISNI/The Star

Tiger Conservation in Peninsular Malaysia: A change in public perception is needed for more improvement. “The biggest challenge to nature conservation is people’s mindset that it is solely the responsibility of the authorities and conservation NGOs,

 Illegal wire snares, designed to trap large animals, found in Sungai Yu forest during a Cat Walk. - Filepic

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Star commits to wetland conservation: Star Media Group signs MoU with Malaysian Nature Society and Naza TTDI to collaborate in conserving Kuala Selangor Nature Park towards making the iconic wetlands recognised as a Ramsar site.


Rivers and marine life near Mt Kinabalu affected by quake: Water in rivers and streams in the surrounding areas of Mount Kinabalu have turned brown since the earthquake. The risen alkaline levels in the waters also have killed fish and other aquatic creatures there.


Four nudists leave Sabah, cops hunting for remaining six: police were still on the lookout for the six other foreign tourists who had stripped naked on the mountain on May 30. Police have been have facing problems in tracking down the six individuals who had not given proper names to Sabah Parks before trekking up the mountain. LOOK AT OUR SYSTEMS AGAIN!

Eleanor Hawkins (maroon shirt), Dylan Snel (blue shirt), Lindsey Petersen (white shirt) and Danielle Peterson (black shirt) at the Kota Kinabalu Sessions Court.
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Pendidikan tingkat ekonomi, sosial negara: How far Malaysia plan for it or may be good planning with the support of consultant BUT how far the implementation? We cannot import experts outside to improve our education systems and quality! Selanjutnya di : http://www.bharian.com.my/node/60967

Presiden, Persatuan Kakitangan Akademik Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof Dr Ahmad Ismail, berkata dalam bidang biodiversiti tropika, Malaysia di kedudukan baik pada pandangan antarabangsa tetapi penyelidikan dalam bidang berkenaan belum diteroka secara meluas. "Untuk menarik pakar luar bekerja dengan kita, Malaysia mesti mempunyai kualiti yang mereka percaya dan terima," katanya. Beliau turut mencadangkan profesor di negara ini perlu diberi penarafan berasaskan kepakaran dalam pengajaran, penyeliaan, penyelidikan, memimpin penyelidikan, perancangan masa depan, penerbitan, kerjasama antarabangsa, pemindahan maklumat kepada masyarakat dan pengalaman pentadbiran. "Penarafan ini akan menggalakkan profesor untuk lebih aktif pada peringkat antarabangsa sehingga dikenali oleh rakan sebidang," katanya.

Selanjutnya di : http://www.bharian.com.my/node/60967

Some people are still primitive: Long time ago I watch documentary on BBC talking about who are primitive? The documentary about tourist from Europe to Africa enjoying nature naked. Comparing those enjoy nature with monkeys. In fact apes like chimpanzee and gorilla have long hairs to cover their body.

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Fireworks Add to Worldwide Pollution: fireworks displays are not limited to one country. Fireworks use is increasing in popularity around the world, including in countries without strict air pollution standards. According to The Ecologist, millennium celebrations in 2000 caused environmental pollution worldwide, filling skies over populated areas with “carcinogenic sulphur compounds and airborne arsenic.”

Fireworks Contribute to Environmental Pollution
The chemicals and heavy metals used in fireworks also take their toll on the environment, sometimes contributing to water supply contamination and even acid rain. Their use also deposits physical litter on the ground and into water bodies for miles around.

54th Itabashi fireworks - Tsuyoshi Kikuchi/Moment/Getty Images
Air pollution: In the combustion of fireworks, the main component gunpowder gives rise to the solid reaction products such as potassium carbonate, potassium sulphate and potassium sulphide, together with unreacted sulphur. The reaction products from effects mixtures are generally solids and consist of metal oxides and, less often, chlorides. The air pollution caused by firework reaction products is well documented by measurements in Switzerland and abroad. Fine particulates are notable in reaching record short-term pollution levels. Evaluation of data from Swiss gauging stations shows that over a short period, such high levels of respirable fine particulates (PM10) may be reached that the 24h average values may exceed the 50 µg/m 3 threshold stipulated in the Ordinance on Air Pollution Control (OAPC). This value is laid down for health reasons and may be exceeded only once a year. International surveys - in more polluted areas - show that susceptible people may be measurably affected.

As usual tourism celebration beside showing attractive culture with green approaches, they still firing fire crackers and colourful skies with pollutant. China already warned about reducing fireworks and fire crackers during festival because of chemical pollution

May be we can learn from developed countries in rehabilitating the environment into a proper park for nature education. We don't have to go and visit there but we can ask advice from our local experts.

Another tree planting activities. This time I proposed to have it in the universities so that we can green all 20 universities in Malaysia and well taken care by the management and the students. Tree planting can be another nature tourism products.

keep working but very tough to convince people