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Find purpose and help build nation, PM tells youth - The Malaysian Insider

Find purpose and help build nation, PM tells youth - The Malaysian Insider | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The Malaysian Insider Find purpose and help build nation, PM tells youth The Malaysian Insider Meanwhile, the prime minister also urged the private sector to support youths because they would inherit and eventually manage the Malaysia that had been...
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Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising | Worldwatch Institute

Coffee Production Near Record Levels, Sustainable Share Rising | Worldwatch Institute | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Although fluctuating from year to year, coffee production has been on an overall steady upward trend, writes Worldwatch Institute Senior Researcher Michael Renner. World coffee production during the 2013/14 crop year was just slightly over 9 million tons, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

The vast majority of coffee production—more than 3 tons for every 4 tons grown—is exported, flowing from developing countries (like Brazil, Vietnam, and Colombia) principally to industrial ones. The largest consumers in 2013/14 are the European Union (consuming nearly a third of the world’s total), the United States, and Brazil.


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As a coffee lover - real coffee black no sugar fresh ground French press - i found this interesting. My experience in Malaysia has always been positive. I believe most coffee grown here would come close to qualifying for 'fair trade' status. I believe most is of the robusta type. I don't favour the local method (kopi campur) of serving it. My personal favourite is from Muar. But the northern varieties are also very nice.

 

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Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet

Death of the car: The tech behind Helsinki's ambitious plan to kill off private vehicles | ZDNet | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
By 2025, the Finnish capital will have transformed its public transport network – with the help from some clever analytics and more.

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Wow! This one really has me excited. I read this and I can immediately envision the opportunities. I can also see the problems and for some of them I can imagine solutions.

 

A service like this is already feasible for a city like Singapore and it only requires the political will to make it work in Kuala Lumpur. I think it will take a long time before it could be rolled out to say Rembau (N.S.) but if it were the possibilities for reviving kampung life are huge. Imagine a shuttle bus round trip Rembau/Seremban on a daily basis for say RM20 using a congestion free highway. As I said... the possibilities are boundless.

 

And it is much easier to imagine in the cities.And all theae people who want to continue to drive around in their big expensive single passenger cars (plus driver) can pay lots for the privilege of a congestion free highway and ample parking space.

 

I saw this in action in Atlanta (Georgia, U.S.A.) about 15 years ago. I was on vacation visiting my daughter who was on training with her company. An on-demand (subject to availability) free shuttle service was provided feom the condominium complex to malls and frequently visited locations with a 10 km radius of the rsidence. My daughter even used it to commute to and from work.

 

Open your mind. Engage your imagination. And read.

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I find this interesting as a highlight of one difference between Malaysia and Canada. By law in Canada communications must be in bith French and English when send out using taxpayers money. Generally this means that a Cabinet Minister who uses his or her office to maintain a social media account must have all postings in these two languages. No exceptions. And also they cannot use these accounts for political purposes.

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A Guide to the World of Film Podcasts

A Guide to the World of Film Podcasts | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

I seem to on a topic that won't quit. Another example of quantum shifts in (or should that be paradigm shifts) in career opportunities. Tecnology is destroying many traditional occupations but is creating in their place many new ones. And the flexibility of the new ones in terms of where you work, your working hours, even days is much greater. But the uncertainties are also much greater.

 


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Adam Schartoff:  "A few years ago I was doing a 30-minute internet radio show and decided one day to re-purpose it as a podcast. I thought, why not?"

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, August 19, 7:48 AM

Here is some really good one's - click to read more.

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The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’

The Coming ‘Instant Planetary Emergency’ | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com.

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This is scary reading and is at the extreme of climate change reporting. But it is possible. When I combine this with the rapid changes in communication and automation I feel that the current state of advanced education (beyond SPM) renders it a waste of time for  my grandchildren. It is training for jobs that won't exist. And, perhaps, society as we know it won't exist. Scary stuff. Trust in God. All others pay cash.

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Nigeria: Ogoni - a Paradise Raped and Neglected

Nigeria: Ogoni - a Paradise Raped and Neglected | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
It's been three years since the United Nations Environmental Programme asked Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company, and the Nigerian government to clean up the oil spill in Ogoniland, but that has not happened for a surprisingly long time. Adeola Akinremi and Solomon Elusoji visited Ogoniland and report that its people are a living sacrifice amid a barren landscape of devastated forest and farmland, ruined livelihoods of farmers and fishermen amidst the massive damage to the environment

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A long article about economic colonization, local corruption, and bureaucratic double speak used to cover up the lack of any real action to correct a wrong. It should be read as a cautionary note for the river projects in Sabah and Sarawak and the ongoing rape of the environment in the forest reserve behind the communities bordering MRR2. once the damage is done and pockets have been lined and profits taken the burden falls on the local inhabitants to clean up and try to move on.

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Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream - The Guardian (blog)

Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream - The Guardian (blog) | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Six lessons youth media can teach the mainstream The Guardian (blog) The digital revolution has given rise to a growing youth media sector in the UK; the 200 platforms at the Youth Media Summit had a combined audience of almost...
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This is something I can relate to.

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Europeans Struggle To Pay Their Electric Bills

Europeans Struggle To Pay Their Electric Bills | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Europeans are coping with paying their monthly energy bills as prices continue to soar.

 

A survey by a European retail group Kingfisher found that “[h]omeowners in Europe are more worried about energy bills than paying the rent or mortgage,” reports the BBC. Kingfisher surveyed 17,000 European households and found that many families are worried they won’t be able to pay their soaring energy bills.


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'Green' is essential but we must be prepared to reduce consumption or pay the price.

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Stephane Bilodeau's curator insight, August 6, 3:23 PM

"The German media has called electricity a “luxury good” as prices have more than doubled “from €0.14/kilowatt hour (kWh) ($0.18) in 2000 to more than €0.29/kWh ($0.38) in 2013,” according to FAA. The report adds that German consumers will pay $31.1 billion for energy subsidies this year alone."


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How the BBC approaches longform, immersive storytelling

How the BBC approaches longform, immersive storytelling | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

 

 


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This is the new artistic palette. Embrace it. Play with it. Learn how to make news relevant again. Revive a dormant giant with a jolt of digital electricity.

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, August 1, 11:55 AM


Alastair Reid:  "Giles Wilson, features editor for BBC News Online, has commissioned a number of recent multimedia articles from the broadcaster, and shared his advice in making them work" ...

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There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival

There's no ebola cure, but early intensive treatment boosts survival | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—The Ebola virus currently raging in West Africa has a well-earned reputation as one of the world's most deadly illnesses. But experts stress that early and intense medical care can greatly improve a person's chances of survival.

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Don't let them fool you. This is coming to town and may already be here. Knowledge is essential to survival.

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The Myths Of Creativity: Building A Better Mousetrap

The Myths Of Creativity: Building A Better Mousetrap | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his upcoming book, The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Companies and People Generate Great Ideas, author David...
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This compliments another article I scooped concerning failure.

 

If an idea is truly innovative it will likely fail. Because we are all strongly resistant to change. But that doesn't mean you stop being innovative. Failure is part of the learning process.

 

People who know me have heard this story. Probably more than once. But I think it is worth repeating. 

 

I worked for Bell Canada in the IT Department. It was a good company to work for at the time. My main responsibility was to innovate. Tough job description. But the money was good and my budget was liberal. Each year I would try out perhaps one new idea a month. Not really a heavy load but enough. Of those typically 10 or maybe 11 would fail. But the ones that worked and were accepted (which is my definition of success) always paid my salary, budget costs, a nice annual bonus and provided a hefty margin for Bell. So they let me keep doing it.

 

In my experience this article is spot on. Innovation is something you need to force feed people. It seldom is something that is going to be stolen - until you have proven its worth.

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The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters

The Really Scary Thing About Those Jaw-Dropping Siberian Craters | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
While staring down into the abyss of these craters is a scary thought, the release of large quantities of greenhouse gases from melting permafrost is similarly existentially daunting.
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The current dry spell in Malaysia - and I won't say 'drought' because we still get rain - is probably caused by climate change so this article should be of interest to all.

 

We have got to the point where the change is going to happen. Is happening already. Now we must be intelligent enough to plan for it. 

 

Our current MB Selangor seems to understand this but he seems to be a voice calling out in the mindless wilderness. IMHO.

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Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – Knowledge.

Must Read Report: The Internet’s Latest Disruption – Knowledge. | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

Know or die: risk and opportunity of Knowledge 2.0


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I particularly like the quotes from Ben.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 19, 12:47 PM

Scoop.it co-founder Marc Rougier shares the company's research report and his valuable insight into the risks and opportunities of Knowledge 2.0 for organizations.


The implications are particularly important for internal communications and employee engagement. Recommended reading 9/10

Jordi Carrió Jamilà's curator insight, July 19, 11:34 PM

Conocer o morir: riesgos y oportunidades del Conocimiento 2.0

Margaret Driscoll, Learning Organization Librarian's curator insight, July 22, 8:08 AM
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"Content curation is about sharing knowledge. By carefully selecting the right content and placing it in the right context, content curators transform information into knowledge. 

 

@Marc Rougier's post comes back on the results of our extensive survey on the status of knowledge sharing in the enterprise which measured how knowledge became a strategic asset for the enterprise - yet one that is largely underserved in terms of tools or platforms to manage its dissemination properly. 


"While there is consensus on the importance of sharing knowledge within organizations, current systems have not adapted to third-party content."


Here's how you can prepare your company to Knowledge 2.0."

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Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite

Wildlife 'WikiLeaks' targets Africa poaching elite | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Poachers slaughtering Africa's elephants and rhinos with impunity are often shielded from police by powerful connections, but a group of conservationists has turned to the anonymity of tip-offs to try to stem the killing.

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Notice that this is not just about wildlife poaching. Illegal logging activity is also covered. In Malaysia, we all need to good neighbours to our environment. Even if that means casting light on illegal activity.

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The RealNews Interview: Greenland and Sea Level Rise

The RealNews Interview: Greenland and Sea Level Rise | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Looks like this is going to be a regular feature at Realnews.  I was asked to summarize the aims and findings, so far, of the Dark Snow field season.

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A bit long. A bit boring. But, if you listen through to the end, it is very disturbing. What is your home's elevation (height above sea level). 4 metres? Not enough!

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Saudi youth fight IS propaganda - Al-Monitor

Saudi youth fight IS propaganda - Al-Monitor | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Saudi youth fight IS propaganda
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A song was recently released by fighters from the Islamic State (IS) under the name, “Oh headscarf, where are you?” Saudi youths responded angrily to this song, know locally as “al-Sheilah” (the headscarf).
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The Young Have the Most Fun with Mobile Video - eMarketer

The Young Have the Most Fun with Mobile Video - eMarketer | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
As tablet and smartphone adoption grow, video viewing is increasingly occurring via mobile platforms. According to a new eMarketer report, tablet and smartphone video viewers tend to be young. This is a signal that content owners who cater to millennials and young adults should prioritize their mobile video programming, if they haven't already done so.

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This is for youth entrepreneurs. It also follows up on a post I made yesterday with a comment about education. The future will see much more marketing being done through You Tube or whatever the flavour of the day is. And the format is dramatically different. Attention spans are much shorter. Interests are much more varied.

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Jeff Anderson | GSN's curator insight, August 19, 12:02 PM

A February 2014 Rhythm NewMedia study on demographic trends in mobile video reached the following conclusions about millennials:


  • Nearly nine in 10 (89.6%) millennials watched smartphone video, and 76.8% viewed tablet video; those percentages were higher than for any other demographic group in the study.
  • Millennials watched more short-form content, entertainment news and user-generated content on smartphones than average.
  • Around four in five (77%) millennials viewed mobile video ads in exchange for free premium content; that figure was higher than for any other age group.


For content owners, these trends represent an opportunity to engage with hard-to-reach audiences.

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Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water

Mining Spill Near U.S. Border Closes 88 Schools, Leaves Thousands Of Mexicans Without Water | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
A toxic wastewater spill from a large copper mine in northern Mexico is keeping 88 schools closed starting Monday due to uncertainty over the safety of drinking water.

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Another one. U.S. company causes the problem. Pockets get lined (read: bribes are paid) profits are made and moved off shore and the local inhabitants are left with the cleanup.

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'The Internet Of Things' Will Change Virtually Everything About How Large Companies Operate

'The Internet Of Things' Will Change Virtually Everything About How Large Companies Operate | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things will create new priorities, costs, and opportunities in virtually every industry.

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I think this is something to be concerned about.

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 13, 11:36 PM

The Internet of Things will create new priorities, costs, and opportunities in virtually every industry.

Michael Allenberg's curator insight, August 15, 9:36 AM

... And about how ALL Experiences are both designed and consumed! #InnovateorDie #ConnectedBrain

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How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism

How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

 

 


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A fresh look a news. The reporting and spreading of news. But, it seems, still emphasizing the same boring 'Masters of the Universe.' 

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, August 6, 12:30 AM


Frank Rose:  "When I first arrived in New York, some time back in the last century, I gazed in awe and fascination at subway riders reading The New York Times. Thanks to a precise and universally adopted method of folding the paper (had it been taught in schools?), they could read it and even turn its pages without thrusting them in anyone else's face. The trick? Folding those big, inky broadsheets into neat little rectangles—roughly the same size, in fact, as an iPad." ...

Roger Ellman's curator insight, August 7, 6:53 AM

Moving forward - there's every reason to adapt and adopt. Like vinyl records and old photographic film, some old media methods will become a collectors (small audience) market, leaving mainstream media in the new delivery vehicles of our day today, and tomorrow's (there's the trick, working out what THEY will be!).

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Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth

Stupidity Is Not A Valid Defense For Us - The Automatic Earth | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

If we can't plead stupidity, what else is there? How do we live with ourselves? Is it all the stuff we buy that manages to numb our brains and consciences?

 

When I see a headline like this one at Bloomberg today, World Needs Record Saudi Oil Supply as OPEC Convenes, there’s just one thought that pops into my head: what the world needs is for us to stop doing this thing we’re doing. Even apart from peak oil concerns, it’s obvious we’re going to run out at some point or another, and it doesn’t matter whether that’s tomorrow or at some other point in the future, though we do know it’s not going to take another 100 years, or even 50.

 

And nothing will ever take the place of oil; once those unique carbons are gone, that’s it, we’ll have to find a completely different way of running our societies, and if we’re not smart enough to prepare for that beforehand, we’ll be cats fighting in a sack and use the last scraps to kill off each other. And our legacy won’t be the Greek thinkers and Picasso and Dostoyevsky and Walt Whitman and Maria Callas, since there won’t be the means for our children anymore to share what makes man great between them. Our main legacy will instead be bloodshed, we will have gone the exact same path that any non-thinking or even primitive organism would have taken, who don’t have opera or philosophy or poetry to their name.


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A thoughtfull read.

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Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

Crowdfunding is the Highest Form of Loyalty: Shared Destiny | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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I like this as a notion mostly because I really cab't stand the arrogance of banks. And it is also a great idea.

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Net Neutrality: Today's Debates Are the Tip of the Iceberg

Net Neutrality: Today's Debates Are the Tip of the Iceberg | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Debates about net neutrality may center today on prioritization of video streams, but they will soon encompass data streams that power everything from entertainment to vital domestic functions. According to a new eMarketer report, once the internet truly becomes the internet of everything, the stakes in the prioritization game will only go higher.

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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You may yhink this has nothing to do with you. Your wrong. The hidden part of this is the cost of the loss of neutrality. Suddenly service providers - typically telcos - can charge more for 'premium' serivces. Then a new 'kampung' is created for anyone who can't or won't pay for premium bandwidth. Slow data speeds don't work when you need an essential service. After all. We are all paying for the building of the infrastructure. We should all get to enjoy equal benefits once it is built.

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(129) Sramana Mitra's answer to Startup Advice and Strategy: What is the likelihood of a good idea being stolen? - Quora

(129) Sramana Mitra's answer to Startup Advice and Strategy: What is the likelihood of a good idea being stolen? - Quora | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it

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I am rescooping this because it led me to an interesting article on innovation.

 

The related article is also scooped.

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A Warped Perspective on Failure – Why We Need to Rebrand the Word Entirely

A Warped Perspective on Failure – Why We Need to Rebrand the Word Entirely | Malaysian Youth Scene | Scoop.it
Fear of failure has prevented people from falling in love, becoming artists, telling friends the truth, and chasing dreams without apology. If we are going to continue to shy away from failure, it's time we redefined it.
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Here is a good thought for over the Raya holiday. Think about. Then do something.

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