Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

May 23, 2017

Free Hearing Aids

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Please share with those in need.

These are good quality sets.

 

STARKEY HEARING FOUNDATION

 

May 16, 2017

Happy Teacher’s Day

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I am what I am today because of my teachers in Assunta Convent Petaling Jaya where I attended both primary and secondary schools before going to University of Malaya to major in the English Language & Literature. Those were the mid – 50s & 60s. Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly shouted ‘MERDEKA’ seven times when I was in lower primary and I was there with my father witnessing that historic moment in our nation’s history at the Selangor Club Padang (now renamed Dataran Merdeka). At assembly, our Headmistress shared with us the significance of this jubilant landmark that would change our nation. Then we sang the National Anthem and our school song, written, and sung here by our ex-headmistress Sr Enda Ryan (she’s a Dato now and a PR of Malaysia), teachers and students :

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Sing! Let all voices, unite in joyful harmony
Salute our school flag, the symbol of our unity
Brown and white the colours, which each of us must now uphold
Our good behaviour in school-and out- reaps joy untold

God bless our school, let your truth and love found here-in
Affect our lives day by day and keep the future free from sin
God bless our homes and our parents who take Your place
And may we prove gratitude, by using well our school days
Bless each of our teachers too,
for the loving care they shown to us
Bless each one of us and pupils of the past,
this is our prayer

School days are numbered and one day we must take our place
As loyal members of our beloved Malaysian race
Here in Assunta we live as one large family
In preparation for what our future lives must be

Where ever we go, over land or sky or sea
Our thoughts will turn to PJ and our Alma Mater Assunta
Ideals learnt here will guide us wherever we be
As we look back there will be that guiding star to light our way
Ever and evermore, to Assunta school we pledge loyalty
“Ad Veritatem Per Caritatem” – Assunta

Truth and charity will be our rule
We’ll be ever faithful to our school!

Listen here :

Assunta School Song

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What an uplifting song which we girls sang with all our hearts, spurring us onto greater heights ‘as loyal members of our beloved Malaysian race’. Here in Assunta, our Headmistress and teachers inspired us to be patriotic and colour blind. God loves all the little children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight’. So we too must treat every girl, whatever race or religion, as a precious member of our Assunta family and love each one as God loves us.

Many of our teachers were dedicated, caring and so strict. We would be punished and even hit with a ruler for not doing our homework properly. None of us would dare to complain to our parents as they would always side the teachers. This would lead to another round of punishment at home because we deserved it. So we were forced to be disciplined and conscientious.

We were encouraged to read as much as possible. Every class had its own mini-library cabinet with its own class librarians, so we could read borrow books easily. I already loved to read even before kindergarten. Today I go everywhere with a book and read whenever and wherever I go – in the food courts, hypermarts, while waiting in a car for someone, in the hospital waiting room  etc. Old habits die hard.

Our spirit of caring and serving was inculcated at an early age. Whenever a teacher was absent, we were not left with a relief teacher. We went down to the Domestic Science room to help another sister prepare sandwiches and hot tea for girls who were too poor to afford to buy food during recess. Or Sr Enda would ask us all to go to the school porch where she would play the piano and teach us new songs and folk dances.

We studied in an environment where there were motivational posters on notice boards along the corridors and Sr Enda’s ‘Thought for the Week’ was written at the top of the blackboard in every classroom. Today, old girls like me are already grandmothers. Sr Enda is 89 years old and still keeping the Assunta Spirit alive by emailing all of us (yes she emails and has her own Facebook) her ‘Thought for the Week’ without fail. I have not heard of another HM whose care and dedication went to this extent way into our senior years. Have you? Here’s an example of her latest posting :

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Enda Ryan FMM endafmm@gmail.com [assunta] <assunta@yahoogroups.com>

May 14 (2 days ago)

to Assunta
 Hello LADIES,
” Life is like a tennis game——
You cannot win without serving “.
 
Love and GOD BLESS
Enda fmm

Sr. Enda Ryan FMM
ASSUNTA CONVENT
7 Lorong 4/52B, 46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +603.7782.4600 | Fax: +603.7784.1210
Email: endafmm@gmail.com
JOIN Assunta e-Alumni | Assunta Alumni @ Facebook
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I already wanted to be a teacher when I was in Standard One. Today, I have retired and am still teaching, sharing my love of the English Language with those who want to learn. I also conduct the Free Guitar class at TSNRA, another example of serving others learnt from my Assunta days.
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Students today are so different. They live in a cyber world mostly indoors and definitely excel in knowledge. But wisdom is something else – it comes from God and from experiences in life. We had no PCs when we were young and only had our first black and white 16-inch TV in Form 3. So we invented our own games with whatever we could find around us (rubber bands, frangipani flowers, angsana seeds  etc) and cycled everywhere.
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Most of all, we enjoyed ourselves learning and are now ever grateful for our dear old golden schooldays because of our teachers who shaped and moulded us to be better than who we were, and to be a blessing to others always.
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To all teachers out there, HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY
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Molly S.C. Ooi, TSNRA Media

May 13, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day

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Great Mums in History

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12 Sweet Stories about Mums from Readers Digest

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 Mother’s Day Poems & Inspirations

May 8, 2017

Education & Excellence : Challenge of Integrity in the Modern World : TAR Public Lecture

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Pesta Gawai & Kaamatan 2017

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Come and experience the vibrant colours and dances

of the indigenous groups of East Malaysia.

Very often the dance movement depicts nature,

life in the jungle, movement of thebirds and other daily activities.

The uniqueness of the dances from Sabah and Sarawak can

also be seen in the beautiful costumes of both the dancers

and the musicians. The costumes are very ornate,

often with an elaborate headgear and other accessories

like beads, chains and coins that indicate the tribe

of origin and status within the tribe.

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The musical instruments are also

different from that of west Malaysia.

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Here you can also savour the varieties of East Malaysian food

which we don’t usually get here.

Link : Wonderful Delicacies in Sabah & Sarawak

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Read more about the people of Malaysia below :

The People of Malaysia

April 17, 2017

An Introduction to the Federal Constitution : Penang Institute Workshop

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Invitation

*My Constitution Workshop :

An Introduction to the Malaysian Federal Constitution

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Dear Friends,

Penang Institute in KL, in collaboration with the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee will conduct a half day workshop on the Federal Constitution. You are cordially invited to attend this workshop as scheduled below:-

Date     : 6 May 2017 (Saturday)
Time    : 10.00am – 1.00 (Registration start at 12.30am)
Venue  : Uppercase, APW, Jalan Riong, Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

DESCRIPTION       

How long has it been since you read the Malaysian Federal Constitution? As a citizen, do you know what this document means, and its role in our country?  Have you studied it with a view to understanding how it impacts your daily life?

Many of us know of the Constitution but fail to appreciate its significance as the highest source of law in the land.
This workshop aims to improve awareness and promote constitutionalism among Malaysians. In a two-module session, participants will be given an introduction to the principles enshrined in the Constitution, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

FREE ADMISSION! Due to limited seats, registration is encouraged.

Kindly register your interest at this link.
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Steven Sim

Member of Board of Directors,
Penang Institute

March 23, 2017

Silent Awareness Walk : Sunday 26 March 2017

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Date : 26th March 2017 ( Sunday)

Meeting point : Sunrise Gurney (in front of Wendy’s)

Walk from Kelawei Road and around to Gurney Drive

Time: 5.30 pm to meet at point and walking at 6 pm SHARP

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WE HAVE BEGUN. Silent Awareness Walk in Penang.

The start of a campaign to Respect Animals in our country.

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Calling all Penangnites to join us soon for the Silent Awareness Walk to reduce animal abandoning and abuse in Penang. This is not a protest –  it is a Peaceful Reminder to everybody out there.

How long do we still want to stay silent? Enough is enough to all the abandonments and cruelties inflicted on strays. Strays are man-made! It’s time to raise the level of awarenese in Penang. It’s wrong to let your pets breed. It’s wrong to abandon them at the markets, streets and shelters. It’s time to stop the cruelties and abused. Do we still want to stay silent while coming across so many cases of abuse and abandonment everyday in our state?

The onus is own us, those who really care for the strays to change their fate. There is only so much the overcrowded and overburdened shelters, the overstretched feeders and overworked independent rescuers can do. The resources are finite but not the supply of unwanted animals. So let us lend our voices to all the abandoned animals. Cut the births of unwanted kittens and puppies. Speak up and help facilitate spaying and neutering. Talk to the neighbours, managements, friends, families, acquaintances and even strangers! Educate them on the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets and street animals. Assist them if you can. If we want to see changes to the way our society treats the animals, the onus is really on us to make a difference! Change will not come if we wait for others to do it.

The least we can do is to speak out for those who cannot. Be the voice for the thousands of abused and abandoned animals in Penang by participating in this silent awareness walk. We firmly believe that we cannot be silent anymore with so many rampant cases of animal abuse and abandonment in the state. There needs to be a change of mindset to let these abusers and animal haters know that their acts are spiteful and those who abandoned animals are a disgrace. It is time for the silent animal lovers to not be silent anymore.

If you think that your little voice and small act do not matter, then you are right. You will forever don’t matter. Cumulative small acts and voices, your decisions and choices, can make a difference.

For the Silent Awareness Walk, everybody will need to wear a White top to symbolize Peace and to Respect all animals that have passed away through abuse or abandonment. Just show up in white tops and bring your own water.No animals are allowed. If you do not have a white top, you can wear a t-shirt from PGSR (all proceeds from purchasing a t-shirt (RM 25 ) from us goes to all our rescue dogs. Get one before the date if you do not have a white top. Sizes -Xs/S/M/XL/XXL

We need more of you to show up to show that animal lovers care and it’s time to make a real change to our society. Be silent no more! Kindly share and campaign for the voiceless.

THE PERMIT HAS BEEN OBTAINED

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Penang Stray Rescue shelter – PGSR shelter

https://www.facebook.com/penangstrayrescue/

 

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Please sign this petition to the Penang State Government for a 

STRAY FREE PENANG

March 21, 2017

Bird Flu / Avian Influenza

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Malaysian authorities raised an alert for a northeastern state after the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus was found to have spread to poultry in more villages.

Some 24,000 birds have been culled in Kelantan state since the H5N1 strain was reported March 6 after several backyard poultry died.

Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, who heads Kelantan’s agricultural committee, said Thursday that free-range chickens reared by residents in 20 villages have been affected. He said the state is getting more manpower and resources to survey a wider area to contain the spread of the virus.

“The situation is getting more serious but it is not yet an emergency situation as there is no transmission of the virus from bird to human. We have raised the alert so that we can pool resources from different departments” to curb the spread of the virus, he told The Associated Press.

Che Abdullah said commercial bird farms in the state were not affected by the virus.

The H5N1 strain is highly contagious and linked by the World Health Organization to hundreds of deaths worldwide over the last decade.

Health Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said health officials have screened more than 3,500 villagers in the affected areas. More than a dozen people showing bird flu symptoms tested negative for the virus, he said.

Veterinary officials told local media that the virus could have been due to cockfighting activities involving roosters from neighboring countries.

Che Abdullah said officials believed the virus was imported but have not determined the cause of the outbreak.

Source : ABC News

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Be well equipped with info on bird flu to protect yourself and your family.

Go to links below :

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CDC Information on Avian Influenza

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WHO : Avian and other Zoonotic Influenza

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March 15, 2017

Photography in SEA – Penang Institute Nusantara Forum

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Photography in South East Asia

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
You are cordially invited to the event as follows:- 

As seats are limited, please register your interest here.

For further enquiries, please contact the secretariat at 04- 228 3306

or email to secretariat@penanginstitute.org.

Thank you. 

March 8, 2017

International Women’s Day 2017

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UN WOMEN LINK

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International Women’s Day 2017:

What is it, how did it start

and why is it so important?

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UN Secretary-General’s Message for International Women’s Day

Date: 06 March 2017

Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential.

Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women, exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries, are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls. Around the world, tradition, cultural values and religion are being misused to curtail women’s rights, to entrench sexism and defend misogynistic practices.

Women’s legal rights, which have never been equal to men’s on any continent, are being eroded further. Women’s rights over their own bodies are questioned and undermined. Women are routinely targeted for intimidation and harassment in cyberspace and in real life. In the worst cases, extremists and terrorists build their ideologies around the subjugation of women and girls and single them out for sexual and gender-based violence, forced marriage and virtual enslavement.

Despite some improvements, leadership positions across the board are still held by men, and the economic gender gap is widening, thanks to outdated attitudes and entrenched male chauvinism. We must change this, by empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world.

Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.

Women’s access to education and health services has benefits for their families and communities that extend to future generations. An extra year in school can add up to 25 per cent to a girl’s future income. When women participate fully in the labour force, it creates opportunities and generates growth. Closing the gender gap in employment could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025. Increasing the proportion of women in public institutions makes them more representative, increases innovation, improves decision-making and benefits whole societies.

Gender equality is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the global plan agreed by leaders of all countries to meet the challenges we face. Sustainable Development Goal 5 calls specifically for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and this is central to the achievement of all the 17 SDGs.

I am committed to increasing women’s participation in our peace and security work. Women negotiators increase the chances of sustainable peace, and women peacekeepers decrease the chances of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Within the UN, I am establishing a clear road map with benchmarks to achieve gender parity across the system, so that our Organization truly represents the people we serve. Previous targets have not been met. Now we must move from ambition to action.

On International Women’s Day, let us all pledge to do everything we can to overcome entrenched prejudice, support engagement and activism, and promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2017/3/statement-sg-international-womens-day-2017#sthash.TU0HY3Zu.dpuf

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