Kunjungan hormat daripada Organising Committee of Sarawak Beyond Paradigm 2019 Conference

Kunjungan hormat daripada Organising Committee of Sarawak Beyond Paradigm 2019 Conference

Community Initiative, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City
KUCHING, 25 JUN 2019 – YAB Ketua Menteri Sarawak Datuk Patinggi Abang Zohari Tun Openg menerima kunjungan hormat daripada Organising Committee of Sarawak Beyond Paradigm 2019 Conference yang diketuai oleh Tn Haji Abdul Kadier Sahib bertempat di Wisma Bapa Malaysia Petra Jaya Kuching. Dalam pertemuan berkenaan, mereka ingin menjemput YAB Ketua Menteri untuk merasmikan Sarawak Beyond Paradigm 2019 Conference dan juga perkara berkaitan pembangunan teknologi dan digital khususnya di Sarawak. Sejurus selepas itu, YAB Ketua Menteri Sarawak menerima kunjungan hormat daripada Sarawak-China Friendship Associations menjemput Ketua Menteri menghadiri Majlis Makan Malam Hubungan Baik Malaysia – China selama 45 tahun dan dianggarkan 500 orang hadirin dijangka hadir. Pertemuan diketuai oleh Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Sarawak YB Datuk Dr. Sim Kui Hian. Seterusnya kunjungan hormat yang ketiga pula adalah daripada Pejabat…
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Sarawak’s Power Play

Sarawak’s Power Play

Community Initiative, Digital Economy, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City
Two sudden blackouts across Sarawak many weeks ago brought about the realisation of how important it was for the state to have consistent power and electricity supply. As more commercial and industrial developments blossom all over the state, the need to maintain an undisrupted power supply to alleviate potential loss of business is of top priority in the state’s economic development agenda. Higher demand arising from organic growth coupled with higher consumption especially from energy intensive multinationals at the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) region will fuel the need for additional capacity for power. Industry players believed the prospects for the power industry are bright as demand for power is poised to grow exponentially over the next few decades. Besides, the ability to ensure constant supply of electricity and…
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Transforming Sarawak’s rural areas

Transforming Sarawak’s rural areas

Aviation and Aerospace, Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, FinTech, Fishing, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Renewable Energy, Sarawak, Smart City, Social Innovation
A visit to a longhouse or a village in the interiors of Sarawak will enlighten one on the lifestyle of the people in the rural area. Some are farming and selling their crops to make a living while others are working as labourers in the mining, oil palm, construction and timber sectors in a small town or ‘pekan’ to sustain their livelihood and support their families. Normally, the men are the breadwinners of a family while the women will take care of the household chores and their children. Some women will also support their families by bringing harvested crops and produces such as vegetables from farm to sell at the markets in nearby towns. The hardship of living life in rural areas has prompted the people to yearn for better…
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Telcos to provide Internet access to schools

Telcos to provide Internet access to schools

Digital Economy, Industry 4.0, Smart City
The three ISPs will also provide Internet service to several sections at the ministry and 366 teachers’ activity centres nationwide. File Photo PUTRAJAYA: Three internet service providers (ISPs), namely Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd and Maxis Broadband Sdn Bhd will supply Internet access to schools nationwide from July 1, for six months, the Education Ministry said yesterday. The three ISPs will also provide Internet service to several sections at the ministry and 366 teachers’ activity centres nationwide. “The ministry will choose a new Internet service provider for the period from Jan 1, 2020,” the ministry said. — Bernama [Source: "Telcos to provide Internet access to schools" published by BorneoPost Online / Bernama] Photo Credits: BorneoPost Online / Bernama Retrieved from https://www.theborneopost.com/2019/06/28/telcos-to-provide-internet-access-to-schools/
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Go further downstream

Go further downstream

Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, Industry 4.0, Our Community, Sarawak, Smart City
Chief Minister tells plywood mills to move to a ‘higher-level’ by manufacturing furniture, flooring products to remain in business Abang Johari rides a bicycle made from bamboo, which is a memento for him. Seen from left are Naroden, Hashim, Awang Tengah and Len Talif. — Photo by Chimon Upon KUCHING: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has acknowledged that local plywood mills have fallen on hard times, but urged industry players to change in order to survive. He said that plywood industry operators who are exporting the raw material needed to shift to a ‘higher level’ rather than continue their export business. “Yes (the local plywood industry is a sunset industry). That’s why we have to shift. Previously, we were exporting plywood. Now, you got the raw material…
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Precision farming startup Taranis gets $20M Series B for its crop-monitoring tech

Precision farming startup Taranis gets $20M Series B for its crop-monitoring tech

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Taranis, an ag-tech startup that uses aerial scouting and deep learning to identify potential crop issues, announced today that it has raised a $20 million Series B led by Viola Ventures. Existing investors Nutrien (one of the world’s largest fertilizer producers), Wilbur-Ellis venture capital arm Cavallo Ventures and Sumitomo Corporation Europe also participated. Tel Aviv-based Taranis  says its aerial imaging technology, carried on high-speed drones or manned aircraft, is currently used by farms in Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine and the United States. It plans to expand into more countries with this round of funding, including Australia. Founded in 2015 by Ofir Schlam, Asaf Horvitz, Eli Bukchin and Ayal Karmi to increase food production, Taranis’ software targets commodity crops like corn, cotton, wheat, soybean, sugarcane and potatoes. It identifies potential crop issues, including…
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AgroStar gets $27M Series C to give more Indian farmers increased crop production with data analytics

AgroStar gets $27M Series C to give more Indian farmers increased crop production with data analytics

Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, Farming & Agriculture, Smart City
Indian agriculture tech startup AgroStar announced today that it has raised a $27 million Series C for its platform, which helps farmers increase crop production, manage orders and buy supplies online. The round was led by Bertelsmann India Investments, with participation from returning investors Accel, Chiratae Ventures and Aavishkaar Bharat Fund. AgroStar bills its app as a “one-stop solution” that contains everything India’s 135 million farmers need, including agronomy tools, such as a crop disease diagnosis tool that combines image recognition technology, educational content and an e-commerce store that sells farming products. Its new funding, which brings AgroStar’s total raised so far to $42 million, will be used to scale the platform in order to take advantage of India’s increasing smartphone penetration in rural areas and hire more agriculture experts. CEO and…
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Neighborhood social network Nextdoor raises $123 million at $2.1 billion valuation

Neighborhood social network Nextdoor raises $123 million at $2.1 billion valuation

Aviation and Aerospace, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Entrepreneurs, FinTech, Industry 4.0, Smart City
Above: Nextdoor for iPhone Nextdoor, the social network aimed at local neighborhoods, has raised $123 million in a round of funding led by Riverwood Capital, with participation from Benchmark, Tiger Global Management, Kleiner Perkins, and an undisclosed “large global asset manager.” This takes Nextdoor’s total raised to more than $400 million since its inception and gives it a valuation of $2.1 billion — around $600 million more than its reported valuation at its last round of funding in late 2017. Founded out of San Francisco in 2010, Nextdoor is like Facebook, except it focuses on connecting people in local areas. While Facebook caters to these scenarios itself though Facebook Groups, Nextdoor’s laser focus on “local” has helped it continue to grow beyond the U.S. to the U.K., Germany, France, Italy,…
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WALLS OF HISTORY: Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE)

WALLS OF HISTORY: Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE)

Community Initiative, Creative Arts & Design, Digital Economy, Our Community, Sarawak, Smart City
[WALLS OF HISTORY] Creative murals illustrating some of Sarawak's cultural village on shop lot walls in Kuching area. Commonly known as street art, these artworks gained encouragement and support from the Kuching North City Hall (DBKU) in 2015. A mural project called Old Kuching Smart Heritage (OKSHE) was then launched by DBKU to further encourage local artists in perserving past history through mural paintings. Photographer: RAZALI NORDIN #bernamaimages #imagesbernama #bernama #malaysia #sarawak #kucing #streetart #mural #paintings #history #illustration #preservation #walls #culture #heritage #unique #creative #DBKU #OKSHE #nikon #nikonasia #nikonmalaysia #nikanD5 @BERNAMA [Source: Facebook BERNAMA] Photo Credits: BERNAMA / RAZALI NORDIN
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Dianggap gila, pemuda kutip 1.5 tan sampah di Sungai Selangor (VIDEO)

Dianggap gila, pemuda kutip 1.5 tan sampah di Sungai Selangor (VIDEO)

Smart City, Social Innovation
Masbudi Abdul Malek mengutip purata 300kg hingga 400kg sampah setiap kali membersihkan Sungai Selangor. — Foto-foto oleh Yusof Mat Isa KUALA SELANGOR, 7 Jun — Seorang pemuda di Kampung Kuantan di sini dianggap “gila” dan “bodoh” hanya kerana usahanya mengutip sampah sarap dengan menaiki sampan di sepanjang Lembangan Hilir Sungai Selangor. Namun, Masbudi Abdul Malek, 33, tidak peduli dengan kritikan itu kerana beliau tidak sanggup melihat alam sekitar tempat tinggalnya tercemar akibat sikap “tidak ambil peduli” manusia. [embed]https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7agnew[/embed] Berbekal tangguk, sarung tangan, but, plastik hitam dan jaket keselamatan, Masbudi turun ke sungai dan mendayung sampan sejauh empat hingga enam kilometer untuk mengutip sampah yang dibuang penduduk dan projek pembangunan sekitar. “Biasanya dua kali sebulan saya akan turun menyusuri sungai seawal jam 9 pagi di sekitar kawasan jeti,” katanya kepada ProjekMM. “Secara…
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