KUCHING: The Commonwealth Journalists Association’s (CJA) local chapter, in collaboration with Angkatan Zaman Mansang, will host the CJA’s triennial delegates’ conference here from October 13 to 18.
CJA branch chairman Florence Yii said about 80 delegates comprising 40 foreign journalists, their Malaysian counterparts and observers are expected to attend the conference themed News Targets for Today: Better Democracy and a Better Environment.
“I am confident this eighth conference will provide tremendous exposure and networking opportunities for local media practitioners and journalists from Commonwealth nations.
“It is the first time such a conference is being held in the country and SouthEast Asia. It coincides with Sarawak’s 45th anniversary within Malaysia,” she said.
Some 20 journalists attended the four-day event jointly organised by Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) Sarawak branch, Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) and Kuching Division Journalists Association.
CJA Canada branch chairman Chris Cobb, a senior political writer, conducted the workshop.
“From stirring children’s interest and teaching them to read to providing reading materials and good role models, there must be a whole chain of activity if we are to create a reading society,” Fatimah said at the launch of two books jointly published by Sarawak NGO Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) and Petronas at the State Library here.
The books, Shaping a Culture of Thinkers and Sparkles of Growing Minds, are compilations of winning entries in the Azam-Petronas best development feature awards and short story writing competition in 2001, 2002 and 2004.
Azam chief executive Datuk Aloysius Dris said the competition aimed to cultivate interest in reading and writing stories about Sarawak.
KUCHING: The Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) is organising a conference on clean development mechanism at Crowne Plaza Riverside Hotel, Kuching, Jan 24-25.
Speakers include Dr Nadzri Yahaya from the Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Dr Norini Haron from Forest Research Institute Malaysia and Eco-Ideal Consulting Sdn Bhd executive director Soon Hun Yang.
KUCHING: Sarawak NGO Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) will participate for the first time in a women’s leadership programme at the East-West Centre in Honolulu, Hawaii, this month.
Azam will be represented by its senior manager of community development, Dora Jok, who will join participants from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and the United States.
The annual best development feature and short story writing competition organised by Sarawak non-governmental organisation Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) will see the introduction of the best development picture category this year.
Azam deputy chairman Datuk Wilson Baya Dandot said that entries in the category should be photographs depicting development in Sarawak.
KUCHING: The Sarawak Development Institute (SDI) and sister organisation Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) have secured grants totalling RM110,522 from the United States Embassy to fund their projects this year.
SDI received RM58,242 from the US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Restoration for its project on documenting Kenyah songs, music and traditional dances to make them available as teaching materials in schools.
Its acting senior research fellow Sim Ah Hwa said the two-year project beginning next month would be undertaken in six Kenyah settlements in the Upper Baram and Balui areas in northern Sarawak.