Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

November 19, 2013

Launch of Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign on 21.11.2013

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Latest News Link : Malaysia still on Tier 2 in human trafficking watch list

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BACKGROUND

Human trafficking is a horrendous crime. It is the most obvious example of modern day slavery.

Penang is not immune to human trafficking. We are ‘home’ to persons trafficked for labour, trafficked for sex, trafficked as children and as babies. Women, men, girls, boys and babies are trafficked persons. It is also likely that there will be Penangites themselves who are victims of trafficking. We are all agreed that it should be eradicated.

You may recall that in October 2012, YAB Lim Guan Eng, the Chef Minister of Penang, launched the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign at the Caring Society, at an event organised by NCWO Penang Branch. Subsequently there have been further public events, including street performances, talks and exhibitions, and workshops. A national Domestic Workers Campaign was also launched in Penang by YB Chong Eng, in September, which has obvious overlaps with human trafficking.

To consolidate the Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign a proposal was submitted by JUMP to the US Embassy in April this year. We were fortunate enough to have our proposal accepted, and we are delighted to be able to therefore re-launch this important campaign in the presence of His Excellency Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun and be able to mark their generous support for our campaign.

The campaign will include a number of levels of work:

a) work with refugee and migrant worker communities, to identify their experience of trafficking in persons and to work with them in follow-up activities;

b) a series of street performances and events across Penang over the period of a year, to raise public awareness and involvement in stopping human trafficking;

c) continuation with talks and exhibitions, reaching to as many organisations and groups as possible, again with targetted messages of how we as individuals and as groups can help stop human trafficking;

d) organisation of specific Forums and Workshops on specific topics relevant to the issue. This is scheduled to include a workshop on the sex trade in Penang; a roundtable to bring together different agencies and stakeholders to share experiences and possible solutions; and a workshop on labour trafficking and fair trade to identify ways to stop human trafficking for labour.

e) production and dissemination of materials which target particular groups (employers; agents; local government; neighbourhood groups; etc) with suggestions of how we can minimise possibilities of trafficking in persons in our different capacities/spheres of influence, and what can be done where we find people who are victims of trafficking.

The Campaign is a coalition campaign, open to any group and individual to join. The work has been spearheaded up to now by NCWO Penang Branch and JUMP, and other persons in their individual capacities. We look forward to many different groups, organisations and people becoming involved in the activities over the coming months. We look forward to your involvement.

We are also very happy that YB Chong Eng, Penang State EXCO for Youth and Sports, Women, Family and Community Development, is able to join us and present the Welcoming Address. She has been a tireless champion for gender and social justice, and it is wonderful to have her with us on Thursday.

We should stress again that as well as raising awareness, the campaign aims to provide concrete suggestions for ‘what we can do’, by addressing steps we can take in our different capacities – as employers, agents, local government, neighbours, men, members of organisations, and so on. Individually we have the power to do something; together we can make a huge difference.

For more information:

Contact James Lochhead, Penang Stop Human Trafficking Campaign

at 016 4846042  or email pcstopht@gmail.com

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November 15, 2013

Dengue Gotong Royong tomorrow Saturday 16.11.2013 at 9 am.

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To all TSN residents,
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Yesterday morning I attended Kementerian Kesihatan meeting at Balik Pulau District Office on the dengue fever updates in the State of Penang and I also reported the Taman situation. The last day i.e. 18.11.2013 will be considered dengue free for our Taman provided there are no new reported cases.
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During this meeting for this Saturday’s (16.11.2013) TSN Combi inspection, Dr Iqbal informed us that he cannot release any of his staff to assist us as he has to attend too many functions.Therefore we have to do it alone without their support. I have collected quite a number of ABATE packets for us to distribute as we go house to house visitation tomorrow.
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Date   : 16.11.13 (Saturday)
Venue : TSN Clubhouse
Time   : 9.00 am
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Please confirm your attendance by sms h/p: 012-4820713 so that I will know how many are coming.
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Thank you.
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JEFFREY HO
TSNRA President

November 8, 2013

New Mutant Dengue Virus found in Malaysia

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The Star

Published: Thursday November 7, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM

Updated: Thursday November 7, 2013 MYT 9:18:14 AM

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Parliament: Climate change blamed for rise in dengue cases

BY MARTIN CARVALHO, YUEN MEIKENG, AND RAHIMY RAHIM

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CLIMATE change which has brought more rainfall in Malaysia has been blamed for the spike in dengue cases recently, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam.

He added that the number of dengue fever cases shot up by 10,000 cases from 18,286 cases last year to 29,754 as of last Saturday.

“The other reason is the ability of the dengue virus to mutate. Many victims bitten by the aedes mosquitoes had immunity from one strain, but they were susceptible to mutated viruses,” he said during Question Time.

Dr Subramaniam said Malaysians know that dengue fever spreads through breeding in stagnant water.

“However, the problem is that people’s attitude generally do not change when it involves cleaning up their areas of breeding grounds,” he added.

Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka) asked him on the status of the genetically-modified aedes mosquito project.

The minister replied that there were no plans to release the genetically-modified mosquitoes as yet.

“The cost for this project between 2006 and 2012 came to RM3.14mil,” he added.

He added that the project would next involve the effort to cut down dengue cases in four designated zones.

“The costs of the new project would be about RM100mil,” he added.

In 2011, it was reported that the ministry had held talks with Bentong residents in December 2010 over the release of genetically-modified (GM) mosquitoes.

The trial programme of the release of the first male transgenic mosquitoes in Asia, was conducted from Dec 21, 2010 to Jan 5, 2011, in an uninhabited forested area in the district.

It was also reported on Tuesday that mosquitos in Vietnam have been intentionally infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which blocks the insects from getting dengue and speading it to humans.

Wolbachia is commonly found in many insects.

In 2011, scientists in Brazil launched an experiment to reduce the dengue-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito by releasing millions of GM insects into the wild.

They said that the results have been found to be positive.

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THE PANDORA REPORT 10.25.13

OCTOBER 25, 2013 SIDDHA HOVER 1 COMMENT

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First New Dengue Virus Type in 50 Years

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For the first time in half a century, a new serotype of dengue has been discovered. The strain, found in Malaysia, is phylogenetically distinct from the existing four serotypes. The discovery will complicate existing vaccine efforts, which are already quite complex – prior to this discovery, dengue possessed four distinct serotypes. To date, this newest serotype has only been identified in one outbreak.

Science – “Scientists have discovered a new type of the virus that causes a centuries-old pestilence, dengue. The surprising find, announced at a major dengue conference here today, is bound to complicate efforts to develop a vaccine against a tropical disease that is becoming a more pervasive global menace. But it could shed light on where the pathogen came from and whether it is evolving into a greater threat. The finding “may change the way we think about dengue virus evolution and emergence,” says Duane Gubler, a dengue expert at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore.”

Dengue Combi Gotong Royong at 8 am on 9 Nov 2013

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Dear TSN residents,

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We are going to have our TSN Gotong Royong for this week on Saturday 9 Nov 2013.

Please take note, we are going to start earlier at 8 am as per request from the TSNRA club house.

We hope more people will join us in all Gotong Royongs as dengue fever outbreaks are

increasing due to the prolong rainy season.

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Thanks

Wong CJ

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TSN COMBI Leader

TSNRA Community Heath Leader

November 5, 2013

Ultimate Penang Street Food & Street Arts Experience 2013

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9463377187_677c59525f_o”Reach Up & You Shall Be Rewarded” – One of the wall paintings by the artist that started this all; 

Ernest Zacharevic on the opposite side of the street (Lebuh Acheh) where Khoo Kongsi temple is.

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Enjoy the best of 2 worlds – inspiring Penang heritage street art

and potpourri of cultures in Penang street food !

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New blog page :

Ultimate Penang Street Food & Street Arts Experience 2013

November 4, 2013

Good Penang Street & Restaurant Food links

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Enjoy yummy Penang food.

Our beautiful island is also the Gourmet’s Paradise of Malaysia

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November 3, 2013

Eat Penang: A 24-hour street food experience

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Eat Penang: A 24-hour street food experience

 

Penang has been labelled a “hawker’s paradise” because of the sheer variety of hawker or street food available.

But we decided to take it up one notch; test and see if this little island up north is really the only place in Malaysia where you can find food of every imaginable taste and flavour… at every hour of the day!

By the roadside, in airy coffee shops and yes, even in dark secluded corners where the flames of the cooking fire and aroma of cooked food are the only indications that food can be found there.

We tried them all.

This is not just a food guide but a journey or a street food experience that will tease and stimulate your palate and senses.

The whole route has been meticulously planned so that you can take in some Penang sights as you tuck into what we can call a “24-course meal” in 24 hours.

Things you may need: GPS, plenty of loose change ― because you don’t want to hand over RM100 for a RM3 bowl of noodles and have the hawker glare at you ― and most important of all, an empty stomach with a huge appetite.

A note of warning: this is not for the weak of will or stomach!

 

The Malay Mail Online, 2 November 2013

November 2, 2013

Happy Deepavali

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Taman Sri Nibong Residents’ Association

would like to wish all our Hindu members and blog visitors

happy deepavali

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