Liberalism in the global context, relations with global powers and due process adherence: Malcolm Fraser at the Lowy Institute

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 .

Click here to listen to his presentation entitled “Liberalism and Australian foreign policy“.

Six Distinguished Alumni Describe how Monash University Influenced their Careers

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)

A General Health Advice from the Chaser (War on Everything) ABC

- Picture taken near North Melbourne station

Remember the Chaser’s 2007 APEC Summit Osama security stunt (see youtube video)? The new season of the Chaser (War on Everything) returns on ABC1 in midst of the swine flu (H1N1 influenza) pandemic.

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.

2009 IEEE Medal for Excellence in Scalable Computing – Assoc Prof Raj Buyya, Melbourne University

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)

Update of my fav podcast feeds: Business, Humour, Social Commentary and News

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.

10. The Gruen Transfer (free video vodcast) by Wil Anderson (now back for Season 2)! The Gruen Transfer is about the science of advertising served with a dead wit and humour.

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.

No scientific evidence proves that hi-tech running shoes prevent injuries

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.


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“I had just my Bonds undies on. I felt vulnerable’ said Aussie Hero

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?

Tokyo, Osaka and Singapore Among the Top 10 most expensive cities in the world: EIU Report

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.

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My 2009 Calendar of Sporting Events: Fun runs, long distance, biathlon and triathlon


This page (mainly for my personal record keeping) will be regularly updated as I sign up (confirmed) for more events.

  1. 22 Feb 09- Singapore Tribob Sprint Aquathlon (750m swim, 5km run)
  2. 7 Mar 09- Singapore Biathlon (1500m swim, 10k run) Absent
  3. 24 May 09 – PAssion Run 2009 (15k run)
  4. 30 May 09- Adidas Sundown Marathon (42k run): Timing (), Photos(Here), Report()
  5. 28 Jun 09- Kuala Lumpur Marathon (tentative)
  6. 1 Australian race (tentative): Geelong Half Marathon (19 Apr)/  Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon (17 May)/ Gold Coast Marathon (5 July)/ Sydney Running Festival (20 Sep)/ Melbourne Marathon (11 Oct)
  7. Singapore Army Half Marathon – tentative
  8. Borneo Marathon 2009 (11 Oct) -tentative
  9. OSIM Singapore Triathlon – tentative
  10. Angkor Wat International Half Marathon 2009 (6 Dec) – tentative