Lest We Forget


Compiled by Yazid Aji

Brunei aims to be regional ‘clean and green’ hub

Azaraimy HH

July 2, 2010 – In its continued effort to promote and create a sustainable economic development for Brunei, the BEDB (Brunei Economic Development Board) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Carbon Conservation Ptd Ltd, a renowned Singapore-based carbon conservation company, for the development of a green and low carbon economy for Brunei.

Signing of behalf of BEDB was its Chief Executive Officer Vicent Cheong while signing for Carbon Conservation Pte Ltd was its Founder and Chief Executive Officer Dorjee Sun.

The MoU sets out a strategic development framework under which Brunei might be able to transform itself into a unique regional ‘clean and green’ hub and identify opportunities for long-term economic growth through the development of carbon markets as well as the strengthening of its conservation initiatives.

“Drawing on Brunei’s strong commitment to conservation, the BEDB believes that this collaboration can further enhance Brunei’s position to support and develop environmentally sustainable and low carbon economic growth,” said its Assistant CEO of Stakeholder Relation Pengiran Aki Ismasufian. “The signing of the MoU is indeed a timely response to the National Environment Conference held earlier where key players and environmental practitioners were sought to bring their ideas and perspectives on to promote the full, effective and sustained implementation of the framework towards the development of low carbon economy.”

“After working on carbon projects around the world, this is my first trip to Brunei and it gives me great hope to see the low carbon energy from gas and the nearly 60 per cent forest cover here. I know Brunei can be a world leader in the green economy and this MoU shows the commitment to continual and sustainable improvement and innovation,” said Dorjee Sun.

The BEDB’s collaboration programme with Carbon Conservation Pte Ltd is expected to look into how Brunei can stabilise and safeguard its rich biodiversity through improved land management and protection as well as reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation.

A date with an astronaut

James Kon

July 3, 2005 – Hundreds of girl guides from the Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association had a rare opportunity yesterday afternoon to meet up close and personal with a real astronaut, Lt Col Catherine G ‘Cady’ Coleman, a Mission Specialist for NASA, United States of America, who is on a cultural exchange visit to Brunei until July 6.

The guest of honour who attended the talk by the woman astronaut at the Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College Auditorium was Director-General of Education Apsah binti Haji Abdul Majid. Also present were US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Mr Gene Burl Christy and his spouse.

In her welcoming speech, Hajah Viviyanti binti Haji Ali, the Deputy Chief Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association cum Chairperson of the event, said that the talk delivered by Lt Col Coleman is in line with the aspirations and ways of the Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association – which is to enable girls and young women to develop their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world.

She added that the association always explores ways to achieve goals such as improving communication skills, integrity and the ability to inspire through a clear set of values so as to bring benefits to yuoung people, among others.

The Deputy Chief Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam Girl Guides Association hoped that the girl guides would be inspired by Lt Col Coleman, with a first-hand introduction to space, and create interest in a new field.

Lt Col Catherine G ‘Cady’ Coleman delivering her talk. PHOTO: JAMES KON

The talk delivered by Lt Col Coleman did not disappoint the crowd as she showed footage and movie clips as an astronaut in space, guiding the enthralled audience through the galaxy and her experience of becoming an astronaut – which may inspire a number of girls.

Now aged 44, Lt Col Coleman, a colonel in the USAF, is a veteran of two space missions. She had recorded over 500 hours in space and is a mission specialist at NASA.

In her first flight to space, the woman astronaut orbited Earth 256 times travelling a distance of six million miles in 1995.

In 1999, Lt Col Coleman became the lead mission specialist for the deployment of the Chandra X-ray observatory. After the successful five-day mission, the Chandra X-ray observatory was able to allow scientists to study exotic phenomena in space such as exploding stars, quasars and black holes.

Capping the talk was a Q&A session. Before leaving, Hajah Viviyanti and Lt Col Coleman exchanged souvenirs.

Last Radio Brunei network launches 24-hour service

Rosli Abidin Yahya

July 2, 2005 – Radio Brunei stood up to the challenge of the modern world when the last of its networks, Rangkaian Harmoni, began its 24-hour service yesterday to follow suit the other networks which have offered similar round-the-clock service earlier on.

On hand to witness the commencement of the 24-hour service of Rangkaian Harmoni were Haji Osman Mohammad, Head of Radio Programmes, Haji Bahmin bin Haji Hamdan, Assistant Head of Radio Programmes, Haji Manaf bin Haji Adam, Assistant Head of Radio Programmes, and Haji Ali bin Haji Aji, Head of Rangkaian Harmoni.

With the commencement of the 24-hour service by the network, it means that all the networks of Radio Brunei – Nasional, Pelangi, Pilihan, Nur Islam and Harmoni – are now offering round-the-clock service.

Haji Osman said with the commencement of the 24-hour service by its last network, Radio Brunei could now finally join other nations in offering round-the-clock service as well as streaming all its networks to the Internet.