A Sunday cyclist along the Sydney Harbour Bridge by Berno (bernardoh3rd at gmail)
This week at the Lowy Institute’s Distinguished Speaker Series, former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser shared candour and shrewd insights into meaning of liberalism in the global context, small countries’ relations with super powers and the importance of due processes adherence .
When I graduated from Monash University in 2004, I received more than just a Computing education. The experiences and opportunities in Monash opened my eyes and spurred my desire to understand a larger and interconnected world of knowledge and disciplines. My time in Monash has also encouraged me to boldy pursue my interests and passion which is the manner I want to live my life.
I thought the distinguished alumni featured in this videos perfectly described the capability and potential of this young and fine institution – Monash University.
Related link: Honouring our distinguished alumni (Monash University)
As a general advertised health alert, all fans and new viewers are strongly encouraged to wear those little blue facial masks and stay at home especially on Wed, 27 May for further updates.
When I lived in Australia, Assoc Prof Raj Buyya (Melbourne University) is one of the few academics I knew who is a true research leader and teacher in the field of grid computing. He was a humble and generous man, ready to share his passion, knowledge and time with anyone who is keen to learn.
I congratulate him on being the 2009 IEEE Medal of Excellence (Scalable Computing) recipient.
Related link: 2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing awarded to Professor Rajkumar Buyya (IEEE Technical Committee on Scalable Computing)
Since the economic downturn I have almost stopped buying CDs and moved onto podcasts for my aural stimulation. An audio diet laced with humour, news, business and commentary. Here is a list of my absolute must-hear feeds:
1. Hamish & Andy – My fav commute-time comedy duo from Melbourne. Give these guys a try and I reckon you will become a fan too.
2. American Public Media’s Marketplace. Great way to get an summary of Wall Street overnight performance and news.
3. NPR’s Planet Money. How to make sense of all these news from the Wall Street to the White House.
4. Robert Reich’s Commentary. Prof Robert Reich teaches public policy in Berkeley and served as Labour Secretary during the Clinton administration
5. The Story is about “people whose lives are intersecting with significant issues in the news.” The programs has previous discussed about how older people coped when their unemployment benefits ran out (foreclosures), how our past can come back and haunt us via Facebook (Facebook), and how good people can be lured and trapped in money laundering (white collar crimes).
6. BBC’s World Business Daily. An audio documentary of the world of business.
7. ABC’s 7.30 report (video). A snapshot of current issues affecting Australia.
8. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) public lectures and events. Perfect if you enjoy a detailed discussion of the world around us.
9. Sky News Business Report. My 25mins update on the Australian economy and AUD performance.
Does anyone know of an informational podcast feed from Singapore? It’s really difficult to find a Singapore business or social commentary podcast. I would really listen to a Singapore Mandarin podcast after MM Lee is now reminding us the importance of speaking Mandarin.
Dr Craig Richards and research team from Australia’s University of Newcastle investigated the ability of running shoes with elevated cushioned heels and anti-pronation systems to prevent injury.
“We did not identify a single study that has attempted to measure the effect of this shoe type on either injury rates or performance.
“This means there is no scientific evidence that ‘Pronation Control, Elevated Cushioned Heel’ (PCECH) shoes provide any benefit to distance runners.”
Their findings have been published in the latest edition of the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
A Canberra man was described as a hero for wrestling a kangaroo out of his house in his Bond undies after being woken in the early hours by the marsupial smashing in.
Beat Ettlin, 42, who lives in the leafy suburb of Garran, awoke to the sound of glass splintering and saw a dark shape bounding on his bed about 2 am (AEDT) yesterday .
“My initial thought when I was half awake was: it’s a lunatic ninja coming through the window,” the 42-year-old Mr Ettlin told Associated Press.
As he struggled to comprehend what was happening he was spurred to action moments later when his 10-year-old son Leighton Beman screamed “There’s a ‘roo in my room!”
“I thought: This can be really dangerous for the whole family now,” Mr Ettlin said. Despite only being clad in Bonds undies Mr Ettlin took on the frenzied marsupial as it lashed out.
As the intruder had jumped a backyard fence and then lept up 1.5m to break through the window. Mr Ettlin was left with shredded undies and the admiration of his wife. “I think he’s a hero: a hero in Bonds undies,” Verity Beman said.
Source: ‘Undies hero’ wrestles ‘roo out of house (The Australian)
Berno: I wonder if Pacific Brands would use this story for their next Bonds ad?
The 2009 Economist Intelligence Unit’s cost of living survey reveals that Tokyo (1), Osaka (2) and Singapore (10) ranked among the Top 10 most expensive cities.
2009 EIU World’s Top 1o Most Expensive Cities Ranking
1. Tokyo, Japan
2. Osaka, Japan
3. Paris, France
4. Copenhagen, Denmark
5. Oslo, Norway
6. Zurich, Switzerland
7. Frankfurt, Germany
8. Helsinki, Finland
9. Geneva, Switzerland
10. Singapore, Singapore
35. Sydney, Australia
39. Melbourne, Australia
Little comfort for those who are out of a job or struggling with lower income.
- Survey shows Singapore is world’s 10th most expensive city (Channel News Asia)
- Aussie cities now less expensive: survey (The Age)
- London cheaper than New York for first time since 2002 (EIU Press Release)
- Strong dollar makes US cities expensive places to live (EU Press Release)