Wednesday, May 25, 2011

World's most active volcanoes


A few hundred degrees separates this pool of fiery orange magma in Italy’s Mount Etna from its hardened, gray crust. At nearly 11,000 feet (3,353 meters)

A NASA image released on May 22, 2011 shows smoke billowing from Grimsvoetn, Iceland's most active volcano.

A plume of smoke rises from the crater of Mount Shinmoedake in the Kirishima mountain range of Kagoshima prefecture on Japan's southern island of Kyushu on February 4, 2011

A wisp of smoke escapes from Mount St. Helens’ dramatic eggshell-shaped crater after an eruption

A woman flee as Mount Merapi releases volcanic materials into the air in Cangkringan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Monday, Nov. 1, 2010.

An Indonesian man watches as Mount Merapi erupts in Hargobinangun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.



Cleveland Volcano releases a plume of ash that rises almost 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) above the North Pacific Ocean

In this photo taken March 6, 2011 and provided by the US Geological Survey, Lava spatters above the fissure just west of the base of Pu'u O'o crater near Volcano Hawaii.

In this photo taken Tuesday, March 8, 2011 and provided by the US Geological Survey, a view looking down onto the northeastern vent of the Kamoamoa eruption is seen in Hawaii Volcanoes

Lava flows into a valley in southern Iceland near the Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

Lava free-falls into the sea from Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, July 26, 2002.

Mount Bromo spews volcanic materials as it erupts in this aerial shot taken from an Indonesian Air Force airplane that flies over Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

Mount Semeru

Pahoehoe lava flows on Kilauea volcano in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Residents of Irosin township, Sorsogon province, pause to watch at Mount Bulusan volcano as it spews ash two kilometers into the sky Monday Feb. 20, 2011

The Tungurahua Volcano spews ashes during an eruption as seen from Cotalo, Ecuador, Friday, April 29, 2011.

This picture made available Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, shows lava overflowing from the eastern rim of the erupting pit crater of Mount Etna, Sicily, Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.

Volcanic smoke rises from the crater on Mount Shinmoedake in the Kirishimna range on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.

White smoke rises from the crater on Mount Shinmoedake in the Kirishimna range on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Millions 'at risk from earthquakes' - Press Associate


'Interior zone' earthquakes kill far more people than those in recognised danger …

Millions of people in Europe, the Middle East and Asia are at risk from deadly tremors which can strike out of the blue in unmapped earthquake zones, scientists have warned.

Attention should be focused on these regions, which lie within the interior of continents, instead of well known earthquake "hotspots", according to two leading experts.

They stress that "interior zone" earthquakes kill far more people than those in recognised danger areas on continental edges such as Japan and California.

Over the past century, earthquakes on large fault lines where shifting plates of the Earth's crust collide and slip have claimed around 800,000 lives, say the experts writing in the journal Nature Geoscience. Around half these deaths were due to tsunamis like the one which struck the north-east coast of Japan in March.

In contrast, sudden earthquakes in continental interiors within the plates killed around 1.4 million. Interior quakes also killed far more people directly by shaking the ground and toppling buildings.

Professor Philip England, from Oxford University, and Professor James Jackson, from Cambridge University, classified 130 earthquakes occurring in the last 120 years.

The experts argue that more scientific resources should be directed at identifying seismic risk in regions such as the 10 million square kilometre Alpine-Himalayan belt, which covers Italy, Greece, Turkey, Iran and central Asia, and China.

The scientists wrote: "On the plate boundaries, the location of the hazard is well known and earthquake timing constitutes the greatest uncertainty.

"In many parts of the continental interiors, however, we do not even know where the hazards lie. Slavish application of a model based on plate boundaries around the Pacific rim to earthquake hazard in continental interiors is not merely unhelpful, but can be positively dangerous.

"We argue that the knowledge that underpins earthquake resilience in Japan or California must be transferred to countries in which earthquakes regularly inflict huge death tolls, often far from the media spotlight."

Monday, May 23, 2011

THE LASALLIAN EAST ASIA DISTRICT (LEAD)

THE LAUNCHING OF THE LASALLIAN EAST ASIA DISTRICT (LEAD) IN THE KLANG VALLEY SATURDAY 21ST MAY 2011 at LA SALLE UNIVERSITY HALL, PETALING JAYA. video video

THE LASALLIAN EAST ASIA DISTRICT (LEAD)

THE LAUNCHING OF THE LASALLIAN EAST ASIA DISTRICT (LEAD) IN THE KLANG VALLEY SATURDAY 21ST MAY 2011 at LA SALLE UNIVERSITY HALL, PETALING JAYA.





Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Students to refrain from bringing or consuming food with beef and pork contents to/in school

Dear Parent/Guardian,

In our effort to instill, inculcate and nuture values of mutual respect and harmony among our multiracial students, the school is making a request that students refrain from bringing or consuming food with beef and pork contents to/in school.

The school canteen too does not serve food with beef or pork contents as directed by the Ministry of Education.

It is our hope that our students will learn to respect each other's religious, cultural and traditional practices and to be able to appreciate and be receptive of each other's differences and uniqueness.

With this measure in place, we believe a more conducive learning environment will materialise.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

on behalf of the Principal



A Letter from a Parent

Dear all,

Honestly I am not too sure about this.

If we want to be all inclusive, then school should be vegetarian as there are definitely vegetarian Buddhist amongst us.

I grew up in a mixed environment, a mission school where there are Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Taoism, Hindu, Sikh students and nobody take any offense to anything. We have to sing " Sons of St Andrew's, a voice is resounding etc" in school and everyone sung it with gusto, including my senior here, Ishak. And Ishak is still Ishak, correct?

The point I am driving at is that we must not bring religion or politics to school. We must not let the politics of the day creep into school. On a worst case, if Malaysia heads in this direction, then we should have two sets of Ringgit, if you know what I mean.

Our children will have to face the real world out there, competing with every other country/race out there and there are 7 billion of us now. We must prepare them to be amongst the best in the world and compete and yes teach them to respect all the different cultures in the world and the do's and don't's.

By writing the above, I am not saying that my children will bring meat products to school (I would like to respect all religions), but I don't like this restriction by MOE as every human being has his or her own space.

MOE should not be focusing on such issues but on how to make our children the best in the world without studying until they drop. Our education quality is dropping by the day and we are talking about food!


I rest my case.

And as I think of it, I didn't hear such kind of issues when Datuk Ahamad Sipon was the DG of MOE!
He was my senior in St Andrew's and we are proud of his achievement.

Where is 1Malaysia in MOE? If the students bring their own food, container + utensils, what is wrong?

Can we imagine if I am a vegetarian by religion and I visit a festival of whatever religion and I insist that the host do not serve any meat nor eggs!

I am truly saddened by this whole episode!

Monday, May 16, 2011

THE LA SALLE BROTHERS MALAYSIA



THE LA SALLE BROTHERS, MALAYSIA
CORDIALLY INVITE YOU TO THE LAUNCH OF
THE LASALLIAN EAST ASIA DISTRICT (LEAD)
IN THE KLANG VALLEY
SATURDAY 21ST MAY 2011
2.30 pm
at
LA SALLE UNIVERSITY HALL,
LORONG CHANTEK 5/15B, OFF JALAN CHANTEK (5/13), PETALING JAYA

REFRESHMENTS AND SOFT DRINKS WILL BE SERVED.

All ARE WELCOME

Kindly contact your respective Alumni Presidents Mr.Edmund Ng 012 287 2220 & Hon. Secretaries Mr.H Lau 016 690 6288 for further details & reservations

PROGRAMME
  • 2.00 pm - Arrival of Guest
  • 2.30 pm - Guest seated in the Hall
  • 2.40 pm - Words of Welcome by the Chairperson Joint Organizing Committee
  • 2.45 pm - Video Presentation
  • 2.55 pm - Self Introduction by the Members of the Lasallian Family present
  • 3.00 pm - Address by Bro. Anthony Rogers, Director La Salle Brothers and Visitor of the Christian Brothers' Schools in Malaysia
  • 3.15 pm - Launching Ceremony
  • 3.20 pm - Group Photograph
  • 3.30 pm - Refreshments and Fellowship Continues